Jurisdiction regarding law enforcement agencies' responsibilities, as they relate to a particular crime, can vary.
Once the emergency needs of persons at the scene are met, officers then begin collecting evidence.
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A study conducted in 1986 found that 63% of women who had suffered sexual abuse by a family member also reported a rape or attempted rape after the age of 14.
Recent studies in 2000, 2002, and 2005 have all concluded similar results (page 8).
Statistics below represent some of the research done on child sexual abuse. A Bureau of Justice Statistics report shows 1.6 % (sixteen out of one thousand) of children between the ages of 12-17 were victims of rape/sexual assault (page 18).
From the beginning, it is critically important to preserve and safeguard evidence.
Therefore, officers may be required to prohibit public access.
It is not intended as legal advice or as a substitute for legal research.
When a crime occurs, law enforcement officers are normally the first to respond.