LESSON 4/TASK 1
possible that the first report of the crime may come when the victim seeks aid at the medical facility.
Close coordination with the medical facility enhances mutual understanding and facilitates the
establishment of such things as a private waiting area. It must always be remembered that medical
personnel are primarily trained and concerned for healing the sick and injured. They are not trained law
enforcement officers. Close coordination allows the medical personnel to gain an understanding of the
importance of the collection and preservation of evidence. When this understanding is accomplished
ahead of time, it greatly facilitates proper handling and cooperation at the time of an incident.
This lesson has discussed the crime of rape and the importance of being sensitive and compassionate
toward the victim of this crime of violence. Prior coordination with support agencies greatly facilitates
the investigation; more importantly, it provides support and assistance to the victim. If you feel you
have a good grasp of the material, turn the page and try the practice exercise. If you are unsure of
some of the material, go back and review the lesson before trying the practice exercise.