Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation: A Multidisciplinary Approach / Edition 3

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Less than half of all rapes believed to occur are reported to law enforcement, and of those assailants arrested even fewer are convicted of rape. This problem is now being addressed by all professions whose work brings them into contact with the victim or the offender.

This Third Edition of Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation: A Multidisciplinary Approach is just that: a multidisciplinary approach. It brings into focus the five different principals involved in rape investigation: the police investigator, the examining nurse, the forensic scientist, the crisis counselor, and the prosecutor. It demonstrates how each must work together for more effective handling of all kinds of sexual assault crimes.

Extensive reorganization of this new edition divides the book into four sections:

  • The victim. Look at rape and the contemporary issues of rape through the victim's perspective. This section also discusses Victim Care Services and the Comprehensive Sexual Assault Assessment Tool (CSAAT).
  • The investigation. Examine situations you might encounter during an investigation such as types of offenders, motivations, false allegations and false confessions, profiling the offender, child molestation, and the maligned investigator.
  • Forensics and court. Learn what constitutes physical evidence and how to recover it, trial preparation and trial tactic issues, and the forensic examination of sexual assault victims. Everything you need to prosecute a rape case successfully is presented in this section.
  • Special populations. The world of rape has its special offenders. Focus on some of them — juvenile sexual offenders, female sexual offenders, gerophiles, serial rapists and sexual sadists. This section also includes information on sexual predators in nursing homes.

New areas of interest also include delayed reporting and mental retardation. Like both earlier editions, this third edition represents a major commitment by its authors to present the most current knowledge for the investigation and prosecution of rape cases.

Incl. public beliefs & attitudes toward rape/victim's perspective/major physical evidence in sexual assault/etc.

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This text incorporates information from the fields of victimology, criminology, behavioral science, forensic science, and criminal justice, to aid investigators and prosecutors who work with sexual crimes. The third edition includes current research findings; new forensic techniques; recent data about specific populations of victims and offenders, including sexual abuse of elderly and cognitively handicapped persons, cyberstalking by pedophiles, and female sexual offenders; interrogations and false confessions in rape cases; and difficulties experienced by the sexual assault investigator. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

THE VICTIM Contemporaty Issues, Ann Wolbert Burgess The Victim's Perspective, Ann Wolbert Burgess and Robert R. Hazelwood Victim Services, Ann Wolbert Burgess and Kathleen Brown Adult and Elderly Victims, Ann Wolbert Burgess and Kathleen Brown

INVESTIGATION The Relevance of Fantasy in Sexual Crimes, Robert R. Hazelwood and Janet I. Warren Impulsive vs Ritualistic Sexual Offenders, Robert R. Hazelwood and Janet I. Warren The Behavioral-Oriented Interview of Rape Victims: The Key to Profiling, Robert R. Hazelwood and Ann Wolbert Burgess Analyzing the Rape and Profiling the Offender, Robert R. Hazelwood Classifying Rape and Sexual Assault, Ann Wolbert Burgess, Robert R. Hazelwood,
False Allegations of Rape Allegations, Ann Wolbert Burgess, Kathleen Brown and Robert R. Hazelwood Child Molesters and "Cyber Pedophiles," Kenneth V. Lanning Collateral Materials in Sexual Crimes, Robert R. Hazelwood and Kenneth V. Lanning Interrogation and False Confessions in Rape, Richard Leo The Maligned Investigator of Criminal Sexuality, Kenneth V. Lanning, and Robert R. Hazelwood

FORENSICS AND COURT Concepts of Physical Evidence in Sexual Assault, Robert P. Spalding and P. David Bigbee Major Physical Evidence in Sexual Assault, Robert P. Spalding and P. David Bigbee Prosecuting Rape Cases: Trial Preparation and Trial Tactic Issues, William Heiman, Ann Ponterio, and Gail Fairman The Medical Examination of Rape Victims, Kathleen Brown

SPECIAL POPULATIONS The Juvenile Sexual Offender, John A. Hunter The Female Sexual Offender: Janet I. Warren and Julia Hislop The Serial Rapist, Robert R. Hazelwood and Janet I. Warren The Criminal Sexual Sadist, Robert R. Hazelwood, Park Elliot Dietz, and Janet I. Warren Sexual Sadists: Their Wives and Girlfriends, Robert R. Hazelwood Sexual Predators in the Nursing Home, Ann Wolbert Burgess, Robert A. Prentky, and Elizabeth B. Dowdell

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