There are several areas that the investigating ofcer must plan for and take precautions with in collecting and preserving evidence in sexual assault cases.
1. In respect to children, some jurisdictions still require corroboration of the child’s testimony. Since it is usually rare that there was someone at the scene of the alleged assault who witnessed the assault, the corroboration will usually come from the medical forensic exam and other evidence collected by the police that may place the defendant at the scene or corroborate the child’s account of what happened.
2. In respect to the medical forensic exam, there are some specic directives that are recommended for best practice. These are provided below separately. This section will deal with the collection of other physical evidence by the police.Guidelines-for-Collection-and-Preservation-of-Evidence-in-Sexual-Assault-Cases-For-website