OPTIONS FOR REPORTING SEXUAL ASSAULT AT A
YOU HAVE OPTIONS PROGRAM LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY
Every YOU HAVE OPTIONS Law Enforcement Agency offers three options for reporting sexual assault:
An Information Only report includes any report of sexual assault where at the reporting party’s request no investigative process beyond a victim interview and/or a complete or partial Inquiry into Serial Sexual Assault (ISSA) is completed.
A Partial Investigation includes any report of sexual assault where some investigative processes beyond the victim interview and a complete or partial Inquiry into Serial Sexual Assault (ISSA), have been initiated by law enforcement. This may include, but is not limited to, interviewing of witnesses and collection of evidence such as a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE) kit.
A Complete Investigation includes any report of sexual assault where all investigative procedures necessary to determine if probable cause exists for a criminal offense have been initiated and completed.
At all YOU HAVE OPTIONS Law Enforcement Agencies:
A sexual assault victim may change from an Information Only report to a Partial or Complete Investigation at any time.
A sexual assault victim may initially request a Complete Investigation and change to a Partial Investigation at any time prior to the conclusion of all investigative processes.
Sexual assault information received from any of the reporting options is documented in written form and retained in a way that best preserves a victims investigative options and supports retrieval at a later date to aid in identifying serial sexual perpetration.
All information received on a reported sexual assault is documented no matter the apparent credibility of the reporter or veracity of the information provided. Failure to document all available information inhibits the ability for investigators to identify serial sexual perpetration.
Only Complete Investigations list a reported perpetrator as a suspect of a criminal sexual assault offense. The You Have Options Program upholds every individual’s right to due process and will not list a person as a suspect unless all investigative processes have been completed, or in the case of a Partial Investigation, the investigative processes completed have shown probable cause to believe the crime reported occurred.
A victim is encouraged to report even if they never intend to pursue criminal charges against the person who assaulted them.
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