Fri, Feb 8, 2019

Julieanne Himelstein and Nicole Y. Lamb-hale Join Panel Discussion on University Sexual Misconduct Policy

Julieanne Himelstein, Associate Managing Director, and Nicole Lamb-Hale, Managing Director in the Business Intelligence and Investigations practice, addressed key issues at the “Empowering Survivors: A Forum on Sexual Misconduct Policy” panel on Wednesday, February 6 at the University of Michigan.

The panel was held by Central Student Government and guests from the Office for Institutional Equity, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, the Office of Student Conflict Resolution, the department of sociology and experts from Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps.

Himelstein explained the sheer difficulty of cases in which there are issues of credibility and competing narratives, as well as the trauma sexual assault survivors must experience.

Lamb-Hale also stressed the complexity concerning the definition of consent and the other extraneous variables that go into it – such as incapacitation, misuse of authority, body language, silence, passivity, unawareness and coercion.

This article first appeared in The Michigan Daily on February 6, 2019.