Press Release for Wednesday, March 20, 2013

UNF Presents Mock Rape Trial

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 

 

The University of North Florida’s Women’s Center, in conjunction with the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNF, will present a mock rape trial at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Theater, Building 14A. 

 

This stage production will depict one woman’s story of her alleged sexual violation to a jury of peers in order to uncover the truth. The trial offers a realistic view into how the criminal justice system deals with reports of sexual violence. 

 

UNF students will serve as members of the prosecution, defense and crime lab teams, as well as the victim, accused perpetrator and jury. The jury will be randomly selected from the audience to provide a genuine image of how selection occurs. The event will feature practicing attorneys, a forensic scientist and other legal professionals.  

 

Leading the prosecution team is Coreylyn Crawford, assistant state attorney in the 4th Judicial Circuit assigned to the domestic violence unit, and Anna Hixon, assistant state attorney in the 4th Judicial Circuit. Crawford graduated from UNF in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2012, she received a Juris Doctorate from the Florida Coastal School of Law. Hixon graduated from UNF in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and later received a Juris Doctorate from the Florida Coastal School of Law in 2000. 

 

Leading the defense team is Terence Martin, division chief of the Special Assault Division for the 4th Judicial Court, and Aaron Feuer, assistant state attorney in the 4th Judicial Circuit assigned to the domestic violence unit. Martin graduated from Clemson University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1990. Feuer earned a bachelor’s in science and finance degree in 2009 from the University of Florida and received a Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law in 2012. 

 

The trial will also include forensic scientist, Marcella “Marcie” Scott and attorney Jay Howell as the moderator. Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s in public health from the University of South Florida, while Howell served four years as an Assistant State Attorney specializing in the prosecution of sexual and child abuse crimes. He founded and served as the first director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, D.C. 

 

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm. For more information, contact the UNF Women’s Center at (904) 620-2528 or by e-mail at womenctr@unf.edu .  

 

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.  

 

 

 

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