Forensic Compliance in Colorado: An Examination of System Response to Sexual Assault
The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) recently released a report that serves as a model for others states entitled, Forensic Compliance in Colorado: An Examination of System Response to Sexual Assault. In 2008, in response to a federal mandate, Colorado passed state statute ensuring that victims can access free medical forensic exams, regardless of their reporting decisions. This report examines the current response to these victims and the overall efficacy of the implementation of the law. Through quantitative analysis of adult forensic compliance cases and quantitative and qualitative surveys of professional responders to adult sexual assault cases – Colorado’s medical professionals, victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and prosecutors – this report outlines recommendations applicable at both the local and state level.
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