The Rape Crisis Intervention Handbook

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The Police Investigation

  • Peter J. MurphyIIIAffiliated withBrookline Police Department

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Rape is second only to murder as the most serious crime a police officer faces. The responsibility of the police in a rape case is twofold: first, to protect and support the victim, with the ultimate goal of facilitating her complete psychological recovery; second, to apprehend and successfully prosecute the culprit. These are complementary objectives. Rape is one of the few crimes that require the full cooperation of the victim to bring about a successful prosecution.