Sexual Assault Suspect Forensic Exams and How They Can Aid in the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Assault Cases
When evaluating potential sources of evidence, law enforcement professionals often focus on material that might have transferred from the suspect to the victim. However, evidence could just as likely be transferred from the victim to the suspect, offering opportunities to gather additional information and evidence. Law enforcement, prosecutors, sexual assault nurse examiners, and health care professionals are invited to join us for a two part series that explores the investigative procedures, forensic practices, and interagency collaboration necessary to carry out a medical forensic exam. In Part One, attendees will gain an overview of the suspect exam and learn:
- The benefits of suspect exams in prosecution of sexual assault case(s)
- The typical components of a suspect forensic exam
- Ways a suspect exam can aid in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases
- The information that can be gathered from a suspect exam and better understand what occurred during an assault when a victim cannot recall the event
NOTE: Attendees are highly encouraged to register for part two of the suspect exam series for a continuation of the discussion, Suspect Exams: The Nuts and Bolts of Setting Up a Protocol in Your Jurisdiction, on July 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m.