Police Handling of Sexual Assault Cases: The First Formal Decision

Police Handling of Sexual Assault Cases: The First Formal Decision

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Past research has indicated that many factors affect police decision making in sexual assault cases. Because of the high attrition rate, the first formal decision made by police in the criminal justice system was chosen as the focal point for this study. Law enforcement case records were collected from three separate departments in one Midwestern county with an operating Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program over a six year period. Control variables, demographic information, assault and case characteristics were used in the analyses; stepwise multinomial regression was utilized to determine what factors affect case attrition. Case outcome was categorized in terms of victim withdrawal, police dropping the case and law enforcement referral to the prosecution. Results indicate that assault and case characteristics predict law enforcement decision making in sexual assault cases, particularly suspect interviews and law enforcement effort.(Yes, No) 4) Assault Characteristics Did the suspect use control mechanisms? ... report, evidence techa#39;s report) and any comments that contained any pertinent information outside the scope of the questions on the code sheet (see Figure 2).

Title:Police Handling of Sexual Assault Cases: The First Formal Decision
Author: Kathleen D. Kelley
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008

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