Diane Cranley Expert Witness

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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Child Abuse and School Safety

Keywords/Search Terms:

sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, molestation, grooming, sexual misconduct, educator misconduct, child sexual abuse prevention, best practices, boundary violations, boundary policies, mandated reporter, failure to report, school, after school, sex ed, reporting, Title IX, SAM

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I am an expert in child sexual abuse prevention in youth-serving organizations. While organizations may not be able to stop every case of child sexual abuse within their programs, there are best practices that when followed, significantly lower the risk of abuse occurring and minimize delays in reporting. I can help by: • Identifying and evaluating valuable discovery materials including an organization’s policies, practices, documentation, and training • Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your case by comparing those organizational materials to best practices to identify the gaps • Differentiating the failure of individual mandated reporters versus organizational failures based on that gap analysis and case materials • Identifying grooming behaviors that are cause for reasonable suspicion • Supplying best practices and relevant research to substantiate my opinion as it relates to your case • Educating the judge and jurors on grooming behaviors and boundaries that intercede with those behaviors as well as overall prevention best practices Whether you are representing a plaintiff or a defendant, this objective expert analysis is crucial to developing your overall approach, reasonable settlement expectations, and trial strategy. I offer case consultation, expert opinion reports, and expert testimony as needed. Full CV available upon request. For the past 16 years, I have educated parents and organizations on how to prevent child sexual abuse and molestation. I spent years combing through research and interviewing experts from around the world to serve as the basis of my book 8 Ways to Create Their Fate: Protecting the Sexual Innocence of Children in Youth-Serving Organizations. I have also supported thousands of survivors and parents of survivors, learning anecdotally through their real-life experiences. And my learning continues through my ongoing work with youth-serving organizations, especially school districts and their insurers where every case I encounter validates the risk and prevention best practices I teach. I provide child sexual abuse prevention training to schools throughout California including a mandated reporter and prevention course for Keenan Safe Schools which is viewed by over 250,000 educators annually. I have also authored an online child sexual abuse prevention training program that targets the identification of grooming behaviors and the boundaries that intercede with those behaviors which is available through Vector Solutions and is provided to over a million K-12 school employees nationwide by school districts, risk pools, and insurers.