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Q Is there a good example of a police department website or public service announcement, providing a victim-centered message regarding sexual assault?
A Is there a good example of a police department website or public service announcement, providing a victim-centered message regarding sexual assault?

Yes. Central Washington University has an excellent list of 10 commitments/promises available on their website.

We would like to commend agencies for providing such extensive information on their website, and addressing common victim concerns that often serve as barriers to reporting. In particular, we would like to highlight the 10 commitments to sexual assault victims reporting to their agency:

  1. We will meet with you privately, at a time and local place of your choice, to take your report.
  2. We cannot and will not notify your parents without your consent.
  3. We will treat you and your particular case with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity, understanding and professionalism.
  4. Our officers will not prejudge you, and you will not be blamed for what occurred.
  5. We will assist you in arranging for any necessary hospital treatment or other medical needs. We will also assist in emergency housing if needed.
  6. If you would feel more comfortable talking with a friend or advocate of your choice present, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
  7. We will fully investigate your case and will help you to achieve the best outcome. This may involve the arrest and full prosecution of the suspect responsible. You will be kept up-to-date on the progress of the investigation and/or prosecution.
  8. We will assist you in privately contacting counseling and other available resources.
  9. We will continue to be available to answer your questions, to explain the system and process involved (prosecutor, courts, etc.) and to be a listening ear if you wish.
  10. We will consider your case seriously regardless of your gender or the gender or status of the suspect.

We would also like to highlight the website for the Austin Police Department Sex Crimes Unit, because it provides excellent information and conveys both an understanding of the realistic dynamics of sexual assault as well as an appreciation of its impact on victims. The site also offers an outstanding public service announcement (PSA) that addresses the issues related to sexual assault, medical forensic exams, and reporting to law enforcement. It was developed by the Sexual Assault Response and Resource Team (SARRT) in Travis County Texas. This PSA was developed for television, and it was designed to increase reporting of sexual assault to law enforcement, by communicating the message that victims are welcome and every effort will be made to treat them with competence and compassion.

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