Sexual assault cases are complex and sensitive, and effective response requires effort from a number of team members with interdependent roles and responsibilities.
The good news is that many of the evidentiary techniques that can be used to establish force in consent cases are not new.
Rather, these techniques are familiar to officers from other kinds of cases, such as domestic violence, child sexual assault, etc.
A second goal of the training is to highlight how important it is for police officers to take responsibility for implementing a teamwork approach to sexual assault response.
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97-WE-VX-K004 awarded by the Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs, U. This curriculum was designed to fill this gap, developed by the National Center for Women & Policing and funded by the Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs.
Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U. Yet very few training materials exist in this area, and none have previously been recognized on a national level.
Nonstranger sexual assaults are undoubtedly among the most challenging cases investigated by police.
In developing the curriculum, one of the primary objectives was to overcome the traditional focus on sexual assaults committed by strangers.
Specifically, the curriculum was designed to train police to identify and collect the kind of evidence that is appropriate for cases involving known offenders.
Because the vast majority of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim, most investigations should not focus exclusively on the kind of evidence that establishes identity (like DNA, trace and associative evidence).