LESSON 4/TASK 1
Inform Victim of Evidence Procedures
The victim should be told what is being done and why. The MP informs the victim of the evidence
procedures that must be followed until the investigator arrives. The victim should be advised not to
take a shower until after a medical examination. Clothing should not be changed or other evidence
destroyed. This must be done with a great deal of sensitivity and compassion for the victim. Assure
her that fresh clothing will be arranged for as quickly as possible at the medical facility.
Escort Victim To Medical Facility
Once enough information has been obtained to start processing the scene, the victim should be
escorted to the nearest medical facility. The victim should be taken into the facility as privately as
possible. Once inside she should be kept in a private waiting room. This keeps her from public view
and additional trauma and embarrassment. She must be given a thorough medical examination.
Under no circumstances should the victim be left alone. The MP remains with the victim until she is
released to the USACIDC investigator.
Medical personnel are to preserve clothing and other items for evidence examination. The examining
physician should be advised of the areas of interest in the case and the evidence samples needed for
USACIDC is responsible for the investigation of rape and claims of rape. When the victim is
emotionally prepared, a follow-up interview is conducted by a USACIDC investigator. The USACIDC
investigator investigates all rape claims. Rape claims are never assumed to be false.
The USACIDC investigator is told of all MP who have had contact with the victim. The investigator will
want to interview them. Their observations of the victim's emotional state, the condition of her clothing,
and other circumstances involved will be significant. They will be of importance to the conduct of the
investigation and to the future prosecution of the offender.