Massachusetts General Law (Chapter 112, §12A½) requires the reporting of all cases of rape and sexual assault where the victim sought medical treatment, regardless of whether the case was reported to police. To fulfill this requirement and facilitate uniform reporting by medical providers across the Commonwealth, the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee developed the Provider Sexual Crime Reporting (PSCR) Form. After a victim has presented in a medical facility, the care provider is required to complete the PSCR Form, which is then shared with local law enforcement and submitted via facsimile to EOPSS, where all information is recorded and maintained in a master database (http://www.mass.gov/eopss/law-enforce-and-cj/law-enforce/sexual-dom-viol/provider-sexual-crime-report.html).
Beginning in 2012, through a grant funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), RPAD entered into a partnership with researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, St. Xavier University and Fisher College to undergo an analysis of PSCR data from 2008 – 2010. To access all of the necessary datasets and link forensic data between victim and offender, the research team called upon assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab, the Boston Police Department Crime Lab, and various municipal and campus police departments. This project, which is expected to conclude in mid-2014, examines several different facets of the data, including variations in forensic evidence collection between specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) and non-SANE medical personnel, variables that may encourage or discourage a victim from reporting the crime to police (i.e. victim-offender relationship), and criminal justice outcomes.
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