Risks and Prevention Strategies: Sexual Misconduct Liability


Legislative changes, media coverage, and victims’ support groups have resulted in increased claims and lawsuits against perpetrators and the public entities for whom they work or volunteer. This session helps public entities manage the risks of these claims, and improves understanding of: (1) misconceptions about the groups and organizations associated with sexual misconduct; (2) effective strategies for internally responding to claims of sexual misconduct; (3) the “dos and don’ts” of communicating with the media and your organizations’ external stakeholders in responding to and preventing misconduct; (4) best practices for evaluating and improving sexual misconduct prevention and response policies; and (5) insurance claim management and recovery strategies.

Core Competency #1: PRMS - Public Risk Management Skills

Claims Management

Core Competency #2 PA/GBS – Public Administration/General Business Skills:

Organizational Management

Core Competency #3: CTIS – Critical Thinking & Interpersonal Skills:

Strategic Planning/ Management

Course Level


Learning Objectives

Objective 1: Apply effective messaging and investigation techniques to evaluate the nature and credibility of a claim without “attacking” or “shaming” the victim.
Objective 2: Evaluate existing sexual misconduct prevention strategies, and identify potential risks and areas of improvement.
Objective 3 Assess insurance coverage and recovery solutions, including appropriately responding to reservation of rights letters, and analyzing insurance policies (many of which exclude coverage for off-premises misconduct or intentional misconduct by employees and volunteers).


General Liability/ Auto