Unit 8 Seminar Make-up
The investigation of sexual assault requires an objective, reasoned approach. A sympathetic understanding of the trauma of the victim should be combined with an unemotional attitude toward the suspect. The investigator should not judge or let personal emotions interfere with the investigation. His or her primary task is to identify the perpetrator and build a case for prosecution. However, the emotional factors involved in such investigations create a greater probability of making mistakes. (Osterburg, J. 2014). The investigation of rape and other sex crimes represents a significant challenge for the criminal investigator. The manner in which the investigation is conducted can have an impact not only on a successful conclusion in court, but also on the psychological and social well-being of the victim. Sex crimes, more so than many other forms of criminal activity, are likely to leave an emotional scar that can last a lifetime. (Osterburg, J. 2014). There are some common characteristics of sexual predators. Some warning signs are refusal to take responsibility for actions and blame others for failures, a sense of entitlement, low self-esteem, the need for power and control, lack of empathy, the inability to form intimate relationships with others, history of abuse, troubled childhood and even deviant sexual behavior and attitude. A few others would be that they offend where they won’t get caught, they are often in a relationship or married, and sometimes it is not always with strangers but with family members or people that they are close too. They are usually great helpers because they prey on people who are in need because it helps them get close to the victim. References
Osterburg, J. W., & Ward, R. H. (2014). Criminal Investigation: A method for reconstructing the past. Karmen, Andrew. (2010). Crime Victims: An Introduction To Victimology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
References: Osterburg, J. W., & Ward, R. H. (2014). Criminal Investigation: A method for reconstructing the past.
Karmen, Andrew. (2010). Crime Victims: An Introduction To Victimology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
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