Justice3D is committed to changing the landscape where the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault and other crimes are concerned.
We see and are responding to the need for change based on decades of scientific and psychological advancement in the field.
The following, direct quotes are taken from The Investigation Anthology: A Compilation of articles and essays about The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation. Authors Bryan C. Jayne and Joseph P. Buckley, published by John E. Reid and Associates, copyright 2014.
“When evaluating a victim’s account, the investigator should keep in mind possible motives which could prompt a victim to lie.”
“An assault that is reported immediately is more likely to be truthful than one which is delayed.”
“Substantial changes in the victim’s story should be considered as indicative of deception.”
“The histrionic female is typically attractive and fashion conscious. She may be described as seductive and manipulative.”
“Insincere emotional states should be associated with deception. The victim who one minute is answering questions in total control and then breaks into a crying spell, and wipes dry eyes with a tissue, and within a few seconds is able to return to the interview fully composed, may be feigning distress.”
These quotes were taken from a compilation of articles related to the famed Reid Technique, originally created in 1947. It is no exaggeration to say that the Reid Technique, a guide for investigators in the interrogation of suspects as well as the interviewing of crime victims, is considered the “gold standard” in many if not most U.S. law enforcement agencies.
Yet these ideas have been roundly and thoroughly discredited by more than 20 years of intense, worldwide research in subjects such as victim dynamics and the neurobiology of trauma. Suggesting that, for instance, a delayed report is more likely to be false is exactly the kind of persistent and damaging myth that has traditionally sabotaged efforts to hold offenders accountable for sexual assault. “Substantial changes in a victim’s story,” we now know, are indicative of the process of disclosure, not evidence of lying. The idea of a commonly encountered, questionably credible “histrionic female” is both antiquated and misogynistic.
In short, it’s time for a new approach.
Trauma-informed interviewing of sexual assault victims has been the norm for effective and compassionate investigators for years, and Justice3D is prominent among training organizations helping to ensure these fairer, more effective measures become commonplace in American law enforcement and prosecution.
In the area of interrogation, Justice3D draws from decades of successful experience to offer Empathy-Based Interrogation (EBI), a proven method of interaction with suspects. This kind of interrogation, based on rapport building and human connection, produces far more accurate and complete information while preserving the legal integrity of the interview and the rights of the person under questioning.
Justice3D is committed to research-based, victim-centered and trauma-informed approaches to special victims cases and criminal justice in general. We stay on the cutting edge for the most important reason imaginable: The causes of justice, healing, and a better, fairer society for everyone.