One of the most important challenges for law enforcement training in sexual assault investigation is the idea that many – or even most – reports are false. These cases often have a number of “red flags” that raise suspicion in the minds of officers, investigators, and others, but actually represent the realistic dynamics of sexual assault.
The presenter will review differences between a false report versus a baseless report, and inconsistent statements versus lying. He will also discuss how law enforcement can unintentionally create a “false report,” by creating an environment where victims recant or withdraw. This will be contrasted with real case examples of false reports he has investigated throughout his career.
As a result of this session, participants will be better able to:
- Identify the “red flags” that raise suspicion of a sexual assault report.
- Recognize our gut reaction to these “red flags.”
- Recognize that these “red flags” are based on cultural stereotypes of “real rape.”
- Define a false report.
- Recognize that some information provided by the victim may not be accurate, but this does not necessarily mean it is a false report.
- Recognize how law enforcement professionals can create a “false report.”
A great many topics were addressed during this webinar, and in the Q&A at the end. For more information on these topics, we provide the following resources.
OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) modules:
Information about the case in Lynwood, Washington:
Start by Believing philosophy:
CONTINUING EDUCATION (NURSES ONLY)
EVAWI is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide Continuing Education contact hours for nurses (Provider #15641).
Registered Nurses may purchase 1.5 contact hours after completing this webinar.
This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K015 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.