What to look for, how to ask the right questions, and other keys to a successful interrogation with a sexual assault suspect.

The conversations that you have with sexual assault victims and suspects are very different. Victims need to be interviewed in a manner that is sensitive and informed by trauma. Successful interrogation techniques required allow investigators to yield the best insights.

As a detective, it is important to remember that in most non-stranger sexual assault cases it is not enough for your suspect to admit that he or she has had sex with the victim. The victim’s lack of consent needs to be established.

In this Trauma to Trial session about interrogation techniques, you will learn:

● What questions to ask the suspect to illustrate a lack of consent from the victim

● How to use interrogation skills, such as minimal encouragers, mirroring/reflecting, open-ended questions, emotion labeling, and manipulating the suspect’s emotions

● Ways to corroborate the majority of your victim’s statement before moving to a traditional interrogation

● Which additional tools to consider, such as the use of a polygraph or a phone-sting

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