Interrogate Victims Of Trauma Essay

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The most vulnerable moments for a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence is the day after the traumatic event up until even three months after the assault has taken place. Law enforcement should not interrogate victims of trauma directly following after the experience due to the false reporting of a repressed mind and the possibility of re-victimizing the survivor.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary (2016), the noun interrogation means “To ask someone many questions in a formal situation, often in a forceful way that can be seen as threatening” (Cambridge, 2016, para. 1). The duty of a police officer is to enforce the law at hand in order to retrieve information from the accuser of a traumatic experience. The Cambridge Dictionary (2016), also states that the noun trauma is represented as “severe shock caused by an injury” (Cambridge, 2016, para. 1).
Trauma often can lead to the mind repressing thoughts or memories
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One prominent dilemma is blaming the victim for a crime that was committed against them. It is unethical to physically harm another human being yet police officers are forced to ask the victim why such an event had occurred without ever interrogating the assailant. One other ethical dilemma that a police officer may face would be being biased towards the offender. The offender is only asking law enforcement for silence and less work than the victim. The victim is asking for the police officer to give the courts a piece of the pain and trauma that the victim had to experience. Because law enforcement generally is incredibly busy regulating and enforcing the law, they often find that victims of sexual assault or domestic abuse are of irrelevance and not as important like cases having to do with murder or child abuse. This further places sexual assault and domestic violence on the non-importance scale within

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