Role of Law Enforcement
The primary responsibility of law enforcement is to determine whether a report of sexual assault meets the elements of a crime. This involves documenting a factual history of the assault by collecting statements by the victim, witness/es, and suspect/s as well as physical and other corroborative evidence.
In cases where a report of sexual assault does not meet the elements of a crime, law enforcement should assist the victim with referrals or information on services that may be available in the community.
Law enforcement response should be victim-centered, but offender-focused.
Law Enforcement Resources