[Svrilist] Research on Genital Photography in Sexual Assault
Sexual Violence Research Initiative
svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Aug 31 07:58:40 SAST 2006
The Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment
Centres in Canada, is conducting a review of current practice and
evidence of photographs of genital injuries and their use as evidence in
sexual assault cases. The findings from the review will inform the
development of a Province-wide policy on the use of such photo's, which
currently are not standard practice.
Specific questions being examined include:
(1) What policies and practices are currently in use in other countries
and practice settings.
(2) Are genital photo's being used in court cases, and if so, how and to
(3) Are genital photo's being taken for both adults and children, and if
their use is limited to children what is the age range?
(4) Are there any studies that have looked at how victims feel about
genital photographs being taken and subsequently used in legal proceedings?
Our preliminary scan of the academic literature has produced very
little. As such, we want to invite members of the SVRI listserv to share
any relevant policies, guidelines or research their respective agencies
have. Comments, questions, references and resources can be forward to
Suzanne Sicchia at: Suzanne.Sicchia at utoronto.ca
Suzanne Sicchia, Research Consultant
University of Toronto, Canada
on behalf of the
Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment
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