Sexual Assault Investigations

Sexual Assault Kits: Using Science to Find Solutions

Science is helping our nation develop better responses to sexual assault — better interviewing of victims, better tracking of evidence, better investigation and better prosecution. Learn how.

Both scientific and interpersonal skills are essential in conducting sexual assault investigations. DNA and other forensic evidence often figure prominently in the prosecution of sexual assault cases. At the same time, it is vital for investigators to understand the range of behavioral motivations and trauma responses in sexual assault situations, to develop a strong rapport with victims, and to conduct effective interviews.

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Date modified: September 15, 2015