The importance of processing a sexual assault crime scene properly cannot be emphasized enough. Sexual assault cases are actually two crime scenes—one is the location of the occurrence and the other is the body of the victim. These scenes require not only a comprehensive crime scene search, but also swift examination and questioning of the victim. AMU professor Dena Weiss, a 17-year crime scene investigator (CSI), explains the various pieces of evidence a CSI is searching for and collecting as well as how police officers can help preserve key evidence in sexual assault cases.
It is difficult to determine exactly how many cases of child sexual abuse occur in the U.S. because so many cases go unreported, but it's estimated that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse. As a law enforcement officer, it is important to know best practices in handling these cases including how to interview the child, what kind of evidence to collect, and the proper investigative units to contact.
By Dena Weiss, professor of criminal justice at American Military University
The dynamics involved in crime scene examination have captured the hearts of Americans, often through exciting portrayals on television dramas and movies. Gathering forensic evidence has been portrayed by the media as being easily seen, quickly collected, and rapidly analyzed—resulting in solved cases in a matter of hours.