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Title: Promoting Effective Criminal Investigations of Campus Sex Crimes, Summary Report
Corporate Author: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: January 2012
Page Count: 53
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
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Document: PDF
Type: Conference Material; Issue Overview
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes the discussions of a forum held by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) to consider ways to improve criminal investigations of campus sex crimes.
Abstract: The forum was attended by representatives from college law enforcement, student affairs, campus sexual assault victim services, government agencies, national organizations that focus on campus safety or address public policy issues for higher education more broadly, and organizations or individuals that provide legal counsel or risk-management tools for colleges and universities. The factors that prompted the forum were high rates of sexual assault coupled with low rates of reporting to law enforcement, the unique role of college campus public safety agencies in sex-crimes investigations, and the fact that most campus sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the victim rather than a stranger. In addition local law enforcement agencies may be required to coordinate their investigation of a campus sex crime with the school’s investigation. Forum participants focused on four issues. One topic involved the challenges, issues, and promising practice related to the investigation of campus sex crimes. A second forum topic was the identification of resources that exemplify promising practices in campus sex-crime investigations or that may be useful in their implementation. A third topic was the identification of key partners in investigations of campus sex crimes and potential coordination challenges. A fourth topic considered in the forum involved suggestions to guide criminal investigations of campus sex crimes. This report summarizes the key outcomes and suggestions from the forum discussions.
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Campus crime; Campus police; Campus Security; Investigative techniques; Private police; Rape investigations; Sex offenses
Note: Campus Sex Crimes Forum, January 25, 2012, Washington D.C.
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