Investigating Sexual Assault Against People with Disabilities

A six-part series from the organization End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) explores, from a law enforcement perspective, the investigation and prosecution of sexual assaults perpetrated against people with disabilities. The series of articles can be accessed for free at the EVAWI website.

The series is presented in six parts:

  • Part 1 — How to Develop an Investigative Strategy
  • Part 2 — Evaluate the Victim's General Capabilities
  • Part 3 — Evaluating Capacity to Consent to Sexual Acts
  • Part 4 — Preparing for the Detailed, Follow-Up Interview with the Victim
  • Part 5 — Conducting the Detailed Victim Interview
  • Part 6 — Techniques for Effective Communications

You can find the series here.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.