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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $149,942)
PROJECT SUMMARY 2003-IJ-CX-1027
This research will explore the views of police officers on the frustration, and obstacles to the successful completion of a rape investigation. This project will examine through a survey methodolgy at least 150 first responce patrol officers and sheriff's deputies to both ask them about these problems, and to look at their responses to a highly validated rape myth scale. They will then asked for their views on ways that they or otheres have overcome these obstacles and successful completed investigation. the second group to be studied will be 25 experienced investigators, who will be asked similar questions, only in a qualitative format in more depth and covering more issue, such as female offenders, false reports, false confession male victims and lesbian rape. These investigators will be asked about marginalization, stress , time management, and other problems that they might face. They will be asked what techniques that they use in addition to basic police work, such as team investigation or profiling.
The goal of the original fellowship proposal was to identify factors that first responder police and more advanced investigators perceive as helpful to successfully completing rape investigations as well as factors that they see as hindering rape investigations. The present study will conduct a much stronger examination of the impact of rape myths in determining an officer's decision in pursuing an investigation. The additional year will also enable the PI to pursue the original questions in greater depth with more respondents. There are both quantitative and qualitative components to this research. The quantitative side involves an anonymous survey that will be given to first response officers in Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. A shorter version of the survey will be given to higher ranking sexual assault investigators. The qualitative side will involve in-depth interviews with the same detectives and other rape investigators. The instrument will be developed in collaboration with various police agencies and police researchers.
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