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NCJ Number: 34679 Find in a Library
Title: RAPE - NEW PERSPECTIVES AND NEW APPROACHES
Journal: PROSECUTOR  Volume:11  Issue:5  Dated:(1976)  Pages:357-359
Author(s): H HAAS
Corporate Author: National District Atorneys Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National District Atorneys Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE OUTLINES THE PRIMARY FEATURES AND RESULTS OF THE MULTNOMAH COUNTY PROGRAM WHICH SEEKS TO IMPROVE PROSECUTION OF RAPE CASES AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT FOR RAPE VICTIMS.
Abstract: THE SPECIFIC GOALS OF THIS PROJECT, INITIATED IN DECEMBER 1971, WERE TO: (1) TO INCREASE THE PERCENTAGE OF RAPES REPORTED TO THE POLICE; (2) TO REDUCE TRAUMA AND PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT OF RAPE ON THE VICTIM; (3) TO PREVENT AN INCREASE IN ACTUAL NUMBERS OF FORCIBLE RAPES; (4) TO ALTER COMMUNITY ATTITUDES TOWARD THE CRIME OF RAPE; (5) TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF ARRESTS AND CONVICTIONS OF RAPE OFFENDERS; AND (6) TO ARRIVE AT A BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF THE CRIME AND TREATMENT NEEDS OF VICTIMS AND OFFENDERS. FEATURES OF THIS PROGRAM INCLUDE IMPROVED MEDICAL PROCEDURES, CONSULTATIONS WITH VICTIMS REGARDING PLEA NEGOTIATIONS, UNIT ISSUING OF RAPE CASES TO DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, AND USE OF AN ADVOCACY STAFF OF THREE WOMEN AND VOLUNTEERS TO COUNSEL RAPE VICTIMS. THESE PROCEDURES HAVE HAD A DECIDED IMPACT IN THE ADJUDICATION OF RAPE CASES, THE AUTHOR NOTES. IN ADDITION, THE PROGRAM CONDUCTS PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC EDUCATION CONCERNING RAPE CASES. RESEARCH ON OFFENDER AND VICTIM CHARACTERISTICS AND CRIME-RELATED VARIABLES IS ALSO CONDUCTED, AND THE RESULTS OF THAT RESEARCH ARE BRIEFLY SUMMARIZED.
Index Term(s): Citizen crime reporting; Objectives; Oregon; Prosecution; Prosecutors; Public education; Rape counseling; Sexual assault trauma; Sexual assault victims; Victim medical assistance; Victim services; Victim/Witness Advocates; Volunteers
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