The Sexual Assault Investigations Training Program (SAITP) is designed to provide agents and investigators with a wide range of strategies and skills they can employ to conduct compassionate and effective victim-centered investigations into adult sexual assaults. Through the extensive use of case studies, students will explore a variety of topics including dynamics of sexual assault, interviewing techniques, case organization, collaboration, critical thinking and decision-making, cognitive biases, digital evidence acquisition, and the role of physical evidence. The program also proposes to address investigative challenges presented by incapacitation and issues of consent, “stale” crime scenes or delayed reporting, same-sex sexual assault, and acquaintance or domestic relationships between the victim and offender.
Must be a Law Enforcement Professional to attend this course. Some material may be law enforcement sensitive.
Required Training Materials
Students should bring their organization issued laptop/tablet. All other materials will be provided.
- Multidisciplinary Approach to Sexual Assault Investigations/Victim Support
- Psychological and Behavioral Aspects of Sexual Assault Victimization
- Initial Victim Contact and Response
- Victim Interview Techniques/Cognitive Interview
- Subject Interview Techniques/Strategic Use of Evidence
- Effects of Trauma on Recall and Memory
- Pretext/Controlled Calls and Social Media Account Takeover
- Sexual Assault Investigations Involving Special Populations
- Case Organization and Preparation for Court Proceedings
- Implicit and Explicit Biases
- Effects of Drugs and Alcohol
- Crime Scene Management and the Role of Physical Evidence
- Human Body as a Crime Scene