Sexual assault

Sexual assault

Rich, K., &Seffrin, P., Article

Sexual assault cases are mostly affecting the female gender, but there are also cases reported concerning male sexual assaults. Some victims may be shy to report the cases to authorities such as police due to fear of being harassed or the trauma that is associated with the whole process or the embarrassment (Rich & Seffrin, 2013). Others fear that even on reporting the cases, justice will not be served. However, in cases where advocates and police officers collaborate, issues presented are handled professionally (Alderden, 2016). It surprises me that variables which are predictive of these collaborations are more of professional rather than being personal.

Professional training on sexual assault offered to police officers is most likely to improve their view on reporters of rape and their skills of interviewing. A situation where cross training is offered at work gives officers and advocates a chance to share ideas and learn to appreciate the role each of them plays in sexual assault cases such an environment improves collaboration between them (zilber, 2002).

Rape myth acceptance is most likely to influence the officer’s need to collaborate with the victim. This is because it has a relationship with skills relevant to interviewing a victim and view on female gender. Advocates are found to have the least rape myth acceptance as compared to other groups (Payne, 2007).  Since most people are comfortable when values are put across and shared, police officers who endorse fewer myths for rape cases are likely to find collaboration with advocates as an easy move.

In my opinion, professional variables may not be a problem in other investigations besides sexual assault. They are a tool for bringing different parties together. For instance, professional training brings about clarity for police officers. This clears their doubts especially in cases where they feel like collaboration is a form of undermining their ability to perform their duty. They learn to be accommodative of other people and work together so that justice is achieved. I would recommend the use of professional variables in other investigations while considering sexual assault.


Alderden, M., & Long, L. (2016). Sexual assault victim participation in police investigations and prosecution. Violence and victims, 31(5), 819-836.

Payne, B. K. (2007). Victim advocates’ perceptions of the role of healthcare workers in sexual assault cases. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 18(1), 81-94.

Rich, K., & Seffrin, P., (2013). Police officers’ collaboration with rape victim advocates: Barriers and facilitators. Violence and Victims, 28(4), 681-96. Retrieved from

Zilber, T. B. (2002). Institutionalization as an interplay between actions, meanings, and actors: The case of a rape crisis center in Israel. Academy of management journal, 45(1), 234-254.


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