Standard Guide for Sexual Assault Investigation, Examination, and Evidence Collection
|Publication Date:||10 November 1996|
|ICS Code (Medical sciences and health care facilities in general):||11.020|
|ICS Code (Laboratory medicine):||11.100|
This guide covers the basic components for the development of a sexual assault investigation protocol, with specific attention to the examination of assault scenes, victims and suspects of sexual assault, the recovery of testimonial, physical, and behavioral evidence, and the preservation and custody of physical evidence.
This guide outlines procedures requiring the experience of experts in a diversity of fields. A multidisciplinary team approach to sexual assault investigation is necessary and is the current standard of care. This team should include members skilled in the following disciplines: law enforcement, criminalistics, victim advocacy, and clinical, forensic practice.