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2019 Annual TCSAAC Conference

April 25-26, 2019

Lena Pope Home

3200 Sanguinet Street

Fort Worth, TX 76107

Keynote Speaker: Matthew Sandusky: Matthew Sandusky, Founder and Executive Director of Peaceful Hearts Foundation, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse from the age of 8 to 17 at the hands of his adopted father, Jerry Sandusky. Matthew is working to turn his traumatic personal experience into a mechanism to prevent childhood sexual abuse and help other survivors heal.

Through his work with Peaceful Hearts, Matthew, raises awareness around child sexual abuse in local communities, supports the life-saving work of children’s advocacy and sexual assault treatment centers, and advocates for legislative changes. Matthew works with researchers, clinicians, the media, politicians, social workers, and child protection professionals to raise awareness and improve the quality and availability of services to survivors nationwide.In addition to his advocacy work, Matthew is committed to empowering and educating children to use their voices and help protect them against abuse. He is working with other advocates to implement an in-school curriculum to empower children to use their voices as a first line of defense, along with parents and teachers.

Matthew is also an accomplished author, chronicling his years of abuse in his memoir, “Undaunted: Breaking my silence to overcome the trauma of child sexual abuse”, which sheds light on the truth about abuse and the healing journey that a victim goes through to become a survivor.

As an internationally recognized spokesperson, on the topic of child sexual abuse, Matthew is asked regularly to comment on breaking news. He has done a one-on-one interview with Oprah Winfrey, been featured in two documentaries, Happy Valley and Invisible Scars, and is regularly published in major newspapers across the country.

Matthew attended Penn State University, studying Business. He, along with his wife and children currently, reside in State College, PA. Through his work with Peaceful Hearts Foundation, Matthew Sandusky has moved from victim to survivor of child sexual abuse.

Registration and Breakfast begin at 7:30am

Keynote Presentation begins at 8:00am


Hope and Healing

Peaceful Hearts Foundation

(Mabee Hall)
(Meadows Hall)
(Messman Hall)
(Marty Leonard Hall)
A Step Ahead: Sexual Assault Kit Tracking in Texas

Rebecca Vieh

Texas Dept. of Public Safety

Crime Laborabory Service

Sextortion - Case Studies of Extreme Cyberbullying

Aisha Saleem & Alex Lewis


U.S. Attorney's Office

Case Study: Homicide of Tylea Moore

Melinda Westmoreland, J.D.

Tarrant County

Criminal District Attorney

Application and Mobile Device Based Offenses

Marty Purselley, J.D.

Law Office of Marty Purselley

GOTCHA! How Sex Offenders Groom Family, Friends, and the Community

Sean Braun, LPC-S, LSOTP-S &

Heather Shahan, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S, LSOTP


Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Shellie McMillon, LMSW

Alliance for Children

Strangulation: All Things Medical

Mary Ann Contreras, RN

JPS Health Network

Mothering After Incarceration: The Maternal Challenges of Returning Women

Michael B. Mitchell, BA

Univ. of Texas at Arlington

Cassidy Brady, LMSW

Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative

Jaya Davis, PhD

Univ. of Texas at Arlington

Registration and Breakfast begin at 8:00am

Keynote Presentation begins at 8:30am


Friday Morning Keynote Presentation
Technology Facilitated Crimes Against Children: Not Just KIDDY PORN

Sgt. Gary Marquis

Investigator for the Office of the Texas Attorney General

(Mabee Hall)
(Meadows Hall)
(Messman Hall)
(Marty Leonard Hall)
Collaboration in the Community Supervision and Treatment of Domestic Violence Offenders

Cobi Tittle

Asst. Director

Tarrant County CSCD

Krista M. Vargas

Unit Supervisor

Tarrant County CSCD

Gilbert Guerrero, LMSW

SafeHaven of Tarrant County

Creating a Consent Culture: How Media Perpetuates Sexual Violence

Sarah Glenn, BSW

Community Education Specialist

The Women's Center of Tarrant County

Strangulation: Research & Victim Perspective

Dr. Tara O'Connor Shelley, PhD

Tarleton State Univ.

Michelle Morgan

One Safe Place

Campus Advocacy

and Title IX

Kateeka J. Harris, MA

District Title IX Compliance Officer

Tarrant County College

Leah Carhahan

Asst. Dir. Title IX Advocacy & Education

Texas Christian University

Jessica Sanchez, MSW, M.Ed.

Asst. Dir. of Relationship Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention

Univ. of Texas at Arlington

Katharine Collier Esser, MA, NCC, LPC-S, LCDC

The Women's Center of Tarrant County

Forensic Genealogy:

New Solutions to Deliver Justice

Kelly Damiano

Bode Technology

Lt. John Somerindyke

Fayetteville Police Dept.

Putting the Pieces Together: Survivor Privacy & Confidentiality

Molly Voyles

Texas Council on Family Violence

Chris Kaiser

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

VOICES: Survivor Impact on Strangulation & Witnessing Abuse as a Child

LaTasha Jackson-McDougle

Survivor Presenter

Cynthia Nickel

Survivor Presenter

Michel Morgan


Professionalism & Ethics - Part 1

Chief Deputy Tim Canus

Tarrant County Sheriff's Office

Young, Afraid, and Bound for Prison...Unless We Intervene

Ezio Leite, LPC-S, LMFT, LSOTP-S

Edward Towns, LPC, LSOTP

Timothy Edwards, LPC, ASOTP


Research & Trauma Therapy with Survivors of Sex Work

Shawn N. Guy, MA

Univ. of Texas at Arlington

Kate Fischer, MA, LPC

The Women's Center of Tarrant County

I Am Evidence

Kim D'Avignon

Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney

Davye J. Estes

Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney

Katharine Collier Esser, MA, NCC, LPC-S, LCDC

The Women's Center of Tarrant County

Professionalism & Ethics - Part 2

Chief Deputy Tim Canus

Tarrant County Sheriff's Office

Presentation slides/handouts will be available as presenters provide them to the TCSAAC Staff. If handouts are available for a particular workshop, you will be able to download them by clicking on the presentation name above.


Mitch Poe Award Winners - Each year, TCSAAC honors a professional who distinguishes himself/herself as a passionate defender of victims of sexual abuse. This year and previous recipients include:

   2019: Kim D'Avingnon, Tarrant County District Attorney's Office - Kim D'Avignon has been with the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's office since February 2001. She has worked in a variety of areas at the Distritct Attorney's office including Narcotics, Family Violence, Crimes Against Children and is currently a Felony Court Chief. She serves as a member of the Tarrant County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), as well as volunteers much of her time to helping children who are grieving the death of a family member.

   2018: Officer Domingo Martinez III, Fort Worth Police Department - Officer Martinez has served as an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Investigator for 6 years. The ICAC unit works in conjunction with the Fort Worth Police Department's Crimes Against Children Unit. Their primary mission is to investigate Online Solicitation of a Minor, Possession/Promotion of Child Pornography, and other internet-related crimes involving children. Officer Martinez works diligently to identify and apprehend these types of offenders. Officer Martinez is also a Federal Task Force Officer with the FBI's Dallas Child Exploitation Task Force, a member of the North Texas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and a member of the Homeland Security Investigations Task Force.

   2017: Birdville Independent School District (BISD) - For 30 years, BISD has provided sexual assault and abuse prevention to their students. They work with community partners to ensure that professionals in the field are brought into schools to provide research and evidence-informed programs on multiple levels of the prevention spectrum.

   2016: LaTasha Jackson-McDougle - Case Manager for the RISE program and Tarrant County CSCD. She is a tireless advocate on behalf of victims of domestic violence. She heads the organization, Cheryl's Voice, in honor of her mother, which offers education, intervention, and advocacy on behalf of victims. In connection with their physical abuse, many of those victims were also sexually abused and trafficked. The RISE program was created in 2011, which is for women who have experienced significant sexual trauma and who have frequently been ushered into a life of prostitution. They are also identified as suffering from mental illness and drug addiction. The RISE program represents possibly their last chance to recover from the trauma suffered at the hands of others. The success of the RISE program is in large part a direct result of Ms. Jackson-McDougle's exemplary work.

   2015: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) - These dedicated nurses at John Peter Smith Hospital have advanced education and instruction in medical forensic examination and in psychological and emotional trauma. SANE nurses may also provide expert testimony in a court of law. These SANE nurses are dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate care in a safe and private environment.

   2013: Alana Minton - Chief Prosecutor of the Crimes Against Children Unit in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. She has worked for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office since 1997, holding her current position since 2007. She has dedicated her career to protecting children and all those effected by sexual abuse. She works tirelessly in training and supporting an excellent staff who share her passion for helping victims and ensuring that victims have rights. This person has provided valuable information during past workshops and continually goes over and above to help the community.

   2012: Sheila B. Johnson - She is an outstanding member of the community whose name is synonymous with victims’ rights and protecting children. If there is something that has happened in the field of protecting children or advocating for rights of victims, this person has likely been instrumental in it. She is committed to Justice for Children and Changing the Lives of Children. She is always willing to be hands-on and do whatever is needed to help the community. She invests much of her time and expertise to help the community and advocate for the care of children and families in Tarrant County. She has worked a lifetime creating organizations, such as the Alliance for Children. She is the past Chair of the Tarrant County CPS Board. She is the secretary of the Amon G. Carter Foundation Board of Directors. She and her foundation have continually provided funding to multiple agencies to help with research and protecting children and families.

   2011: David Montague - Former prosecutor for the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office.

   2010: Rona Stratton-Smith and Lisa Gabbert - Stemming from the murder of Rona’s sister and Lisa’s rape, the two have managed to turn tragedy into a movement for change and triumph – not only in their own case but in the state and nation. Their journey, self admittedly, only has an end when there are no more sexually violent predators. This is a journey they willingly make through agencies, courts, and legislative sessions. They made the declared shift from victim to more than merely survivors – to forces to be reckoned with in Texas.

   2009: Bubba Schafer - In 2002, he was credited for apprehending a serial rapist, Manuel Salamanca, Jr. The police in Arlington, Cleburne, Burleson, and Benbrook had been looking for the rapist for six years after being linked to nine rapes. Salamanca Jr. was then convicted and sentenced to two life sentences. Bubba has since dedicated his life to helping victims of abuse.

   2008: Mitch Poe - Tarrant County District Attorney for whom this award was named after. Mr. Poe was instrumental in advocating for victims' rights.

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