LESSON 4/TASK 1
sensitive to the fears of the victim and take action to lessen them. The initial actions of the MP set the
stage for the investigation and the subsequent recovery of the victim. Victims that are treated in a
callous, indifferent, disbelieving manner can undergo difficult and lengthy recovery periods.
It is possible that the offender may still be on the scene upon arrival on the military police. He should
be immediately taken into custody and removed from the sight and hearing of the victim. As the patrol
approaches the scene, it should be alert for fleeing suspects. As soon as is reasonably possible, a
description of the rapist should be secured and broadcast to other patrols.
Secure the Crime Scene
It is important to the investigation and subsequent prosecution that the first patrol units on the scene
secure it. The scene should not be disturbed. The only exception to this is those actions necessary to
provide aid to the victim. No one should be allowed on the scene until the arrival of the USACIDC
investigator. Upon his arrival, MP on the scene follow his instructions until properly relieved.
The initial interview with the victim should be kept brief. The victim should be moved to a private place
to talk, away from the incident scene. The role of the military policeman in conducting the interview is
to gather enough information for investigators to begin investigating the offense. When possible, the
interview should be conducted by a female. Leading or sexually explicit questions should not be asked.
The essential details of what took place and where should be determined. The victim should be asked
if she knows the assailant. She may also know where the offender is, or can be located.
The rape victim will relate the incident more freely if only one person is present during the initial
interview. Tact, compassion, and patience are critical. Failure to exercise these qualities may cause
the victim more emotional harm. If the victim is made to feel guilty of the crime, the emotional damage
can be significant.