2.01.2012

Who Is This "Predator" Who Sexually Assaults Children? Part V

Child Sexual Abuse
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By Lawrence W. Daly, MSc

"The greatest use of life is to live your life that the use of your life will outlive your life"
     Mack Douglas

In 2010 there were over 63,000 children sexually abused. This many children means there are potentially over 63,000+ sexual offenders; so please do the math. This is one too many and there is no end in sight. How do citizens in a community deal with the children who are sexually assaulted and the many sexual offenders? Law enforcement seems to be placing band aids all over the place, trying to protect children and arresting as many sexual offenders as possible.

So how does the community and law enforcement stop the never ending revolving door from circling around and around where children are sexually and physically harmed not for a moment in time, but for a life-time? Too often law enforcement finds themselves inside the revolving door but in many different aspects of investigating child sexual abuse allegations. The problems they are faced with are concerns like, is the sexual assault allegation true or false; was a crime committed; are there witnesses to the crime; is there any physical, biological, or medical evidence; is the sexual offender known; where are all the parties involved in the case; are they immediately accessible?

Too often the ‘unknowns’ make it difficult for the investigator to pursue the investigation in a methodical manner. If the first-responder doesn’t do their job, i.e. properly document the information the alleged child victim provided the law enforcement officer, than facts and information will be lost and the starting point will significantly be move backwards. It is so important that the first-responder, the administration, and the investigator communicate on a case by case basis.  

Too often the first-responder will take the basic information from the reporting complainant and then file the report. It is the attitude of many law enforcement officials that the responsibility of the first responder is to obtain the basic information and leave the rest of the investigation up to the follow-up investigator to perform the major aspects of the case.

Many times in physical abuse cases, the child will have marks, scars, fresh-bruises, cuts, abrasions and so forth and the first-responder fails to check the child’s medical status and/or fails to photograph and note the information in their incident forms. Training the first-responder is the investigators responsibility in that the investigator should attend role calls and talk about their expectations. Today’s investigative information from the investigator to the first-responder may save a child from being repeatedly sexually or physically assaulted.

So where does the “Predator” fall in the response to what they may have done to a child? Where do they fit in the scheme of things? What is their attitude about being identified, apprehended, criminally charged and apprehended? Let us take a look at what some “Predators” expectations are.

The “Predator” expects law enforcement to improperly investigate a complaint of child sexual and physical assaults. In fact they expect law enforcement to do the following:

       1.      The “Predator” expects the child victim to be incapable of being able to disclose the sexual and physical    assaults to the non-offending adult.

       2.      The “Predator” expects that during the genesis i.e. Origin of the Disclosure” the non-offending adult will not document what the child has told them; will provide the child with limited attention and until the information clicks with the non-offending adult, the adult will pay little to no attention to the child victim. It isn’t anyone’s fault that the non-offending adult will give little to no attention to the child victim, it is as adults, the last thing one would expect is for a child to tell them they had at some time, date and place were sexually or physically assaulted by another adult, most likely a relative.

       3.      The “Predator” expects that the non-offending adult will call the wrong law enforcement agency. Instead of contacting their local law enforcement officials, the adult will call an agency such as Child Protective Services (CPS). Child Protective Services is not a law enforcement agency, has no law enforcement powers, and does not conduct investigations into sexual and physical assault claims. They do however, provide support and protection for the child victim and the child victim’s family if it is required and/or provide family services. The community has a belief that CPS has law enforcement powers and performs investigations. CPS caseworkers have no law enforcement training and have no business performing any type of investigative steps when information about a sexual or physical assault comes to their attention.

     4.      The “Predator” knows that a naïve and ignorant parent who has had little to no dealings with law enforcement, understands that if the sexual and physical assaults are detected (called into to CPS or to law enforcement), that not only do they have additional time on their hands to escape the community or they have the belief that CPS will attempt to perform some type of investigation and contaminate the testimony of the child or potential evidence.

     5.      The “Predator” expects that the law enforcement first-responder will make contact with the non-offending adult and if the first-responder performs the investigation in the manner most first-responder’s do, then they may have additional time to leave the community or the first-responder will contaminate the testimony of the child or potential evidence.

      6.      The “Predator” expects that the law enforcement follow-up investigator, who is assigned to the case, may be one of the investigators who has limited investigative experience, has received little to no training in interviewing child victims; identifying, preserving, collecting, and analyzing biological and physical evidence; and doesn’t understand the proper investigative steps necessary to perform a child sexual and physical abuse investigation.

     7.      The “Predator” expects the investigator if by chance apprehends him/her will have great difficulty in interrogating him/her or will not understand the necessary profile of the “Predator” in order to conduct a proper, thorough, complete, intelligent, and competent interrogation.

     8.      The “Predator” expects that when the investigator has completed the child sexual and physical abuse investigation the investigator will take their completed case to the prosecutor and the prosecutor will turn them down detailing the above reasons. The investigator may not have any control over the first couple expectations by the “Predator”, however, the role and responsibility of the investigator is to diligently investigate the case, understanding the nuances and subtleties of a child sexual and physical abuse allegation.

In getting to understand the manipulation and motivation of the “Predator” law enforcement officials must understand the various types of sexual offenders there are; their sexual and physical preferences of children; their modus operandi; their grooming activities; and so forth.

Tomorrow, the “Predators” in your community are individuals who you probably know and have a relationship with. It will come to everyone’s surprise that this individual turns out to be a sexual offender. Generally, nobody would have imagined that he/she was an individual you could not trust your children with. The saying, “Who would have thought” sums it up.

This is why it is important from an early age you teach your children about their body parts; their functions; who is allowed to touch the body parts, especially the chest, anus and genitilia. It is important that the communication between parent and child be open to discussing good and bad touches; situations which seem strange or inappropriate; and any individual who made them feel uncomfortable. The child needs to know that they can come to you, the parent and tell them everything that happens to them, good and bad.

As this series continues the information that will be uncovered may trigger something you and your child have gone through, but you never put two and two together until you read this article. Do not walk around believing everyone is a sexual offender, but do protect and keep your children safe; if you don’t who will?

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