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Basyle "Boz" Tchividijian

Basyle "Boz" Tchividijian

Executive Director,
GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment)


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Bio

From 1994 until 2001, Professor Tchividijian was an assistant state attorney for Florida's 7th Judicial Circuit. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Professor Tchividijian created the "Crimes Against Children" division of the Office of State Attorney and was personally responsible for the prosecution of hundreds of child sexual abuse cases. Professor Tchividijian is a frequent lecturer on the various legal issues related to the prosecution of child sexual abuse and is active in training prosecutors, investigators, social workers and medical personnel.

Professor Tchividijian is a founding member and executive director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment). The purpose of GRACE is to educate and equip the faith community to correctly respond to sexual abuse disclosures, while also providing practical guidance to churches on how to protect children. GRACE also provides confidential consultations to churches, schools, and other organizations which are struggling with issues involving sexual abuse. Professor Tchividijian speaks extensively on this subject at various conferences, schools and denominational gatherings. He has also appeared numerous times on radio and television to discuss the work of GRACE. In 2006, Professor Tchividijian was a contributor to the video series Caring for Kids God's Way produced by the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Professor Tchividijian is a member of the Florida Bar Association and is admitted to practice in the State of Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Professor Tchividijian is the 3rd eldest grandchild of Reverend Billy Graham and recently published a book entitled "Invitation – Billy Graham and the Lives God Touched" (2008 Multnomah Press).

Topics

  • "You can do it"—the basics of prosecuting child sexual abuse cases (this presentation is designed for prosecutors newly assigned to handle cases involving crimes against children)
  • Child sexual abuse—legal updates that every prosecutor and investigator must know
  • The joys of similar fact evidence
  • Avoiding courtroom chaos—effective preparation of the child sexual abuse trial
  • "We are all on the same team"—successful methods in working together to put away predators
  • Suspect interviews & interrogations—corroborating the victim's allegation
  • Cross-examination of defendants—a winning strategy
  • Examination of child witnesses—the do's and dont's
  • Preventing child abuse within the faith community
  • Responding with excellence—responding correctly to child sexual abuse disclosures within the church
  • Day of reckoning—surviving your day in court
  • Developing a winning case
  • Child protection trial strategies
  • "Ethics matter"—ethics for the child protection attorney
  • Child hearsay and how to get it admitted
  • Pre-trial motions—what and what not to file
  • Responding to untrue defenses
  • Where was god? Addressing the many spiritual issues of child sexual abuse survivors
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