Rape Investigation Handbook

2nd Edition

Editors: John Savino Brent Turvey
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123860293
eBook ISBN: 9780123860309
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 11th July 2011
Page Count: 584
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Rape Investigation Handbook details specific investigative and forensic processes related to sex crimes casework invaluable to those in law enforcement, the legal community, and the private sector. It takes the reader through these processes in a logical sequence, showing how investigations of rape and sexual assault can and should be conducted from start to finish. The second edition is reorganized to flow from the alleged assault to a courtroom trial. Section heads have been introduced and it includes six new chapters on sex crimes, sex trafficking, forensic victimology, eyewitness reports, rape trauma syndrome and rapist motivations. The remaining 12 chapters are entirely overhauled and in some cases completely rewritten by new, highly qualified contributors, such as "Sexual Assault Examination and Reconstruction" by Brent E. Turvey and Charla Jamerson and "Rapist Motivations" by Brent E. Turvey and Jodi Freeman. An additional appendix was added to provide current case studies.

Key Features

  • Includes six new chapters on sex crimes, sex trafficking, forensic victimology, eyewitness reports, rape trauma syndrome and rapist motivations
  • Written in a clear, practical style, ideal for sex crime investigators including: professionals in forensic nursing, forensic laboratories, law enforcement and the legal community
  • Authored by qualified investigators and forensic professionals with over 30 years of collective experience working cases, preparing them for court and offering testimony


Sex crime investigators, which include: professionals in forensic nursing, forensic laboratories, law enforcement and the legal community

Table of Contents

SECTION I: An Introduction to Sex Crimes
1. Sex Crimes: An Overview
Brent E. Turvey

2. Rape and Sexual Assault
John O. Savino and Brent E. Turvey

3. Sex Trafficking: A Culture of Rape
John O. Savino and Brent E. Turvey

SECTION II: Investigative Response
4. The First Investigative Response
John O. Savino and Brent E. Turvey

5. Investigative Crime Scene Management
John O. Savino and Brent E. Turvey

6. Crime Scene Investigation in Sexual Assaults
John O. Savino and Brent E. Turvey, with Jodi Freeman

7. Interviewing Suspects and Victims
John O. Savino and Brent E. Turvey

8. Forensic Victimology in Cases of Sexual Assault
Brent E. Turvey

9. Eyewitness Reports, Identifications and Testimony
Michael McGrath

10. Rape Trauma Syndrome and the Investigation of Sexual Assault
Michael McGrath

11. False Allegations of Sexual Assault
Brent E. Turvey and Michael McGrath

SECTION IV: Physical Evidence
12. Sexual Assault Examination and Reconstruction
Brent E. Turvey and Charla Jamerson

13. Investigating Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault
Stephen M. Pittel and Laila Spina

14. DNA: Investigative Applications
Alan Sandomir, with John Butler

SECTION V: The Offender
15. Rapist Motivations
Brent E. Turvey and Jodi Freeman

16. Rapist Modus Operandi and Signature
Brent E. Turvey and John O. Savino

17. Investigating Serial Rape
John O. Savino and Brent E. Turvey

18. Sex Crimes on Trial
John O. Savino and Brent E. Turvey

Appendix I: OCJP 923: Forensic Medical Report: Acute (<72 hours) Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Examination form, State of California, Governor's Office of Criminal Justice Planning, revised July, 2002

Appendix II: OCJP 950: Forensic Medical Report: Sexual Assault Sus


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About the Editor

John Savino

John Savino has been a member of the New York City Police Department since 1982. His career has spanned all aspects of law enforcement, beginning with a short assignment as a uniformed police officer and quick advancement to the Narcotics Division. His investigative skills began developing while assigned to the Manhattan North Narcotics Division. This assignment also helped develop his ability to talk with people from all walks of life, as he worked in an “undercover” capacity buying narcotics in Manhattan. For the last 15 years he has been assigned to the Manhattan Special Victims Squad, where he investigates reports of Child Abuse and any Sexual Assault occurring in the Borough of Manhattan. While assigned to the Special Victims Squad, he has risen to the prestigious rank of 1st Grade Detective. Detective Savino has been involved in thousands of investigations of rape and sexual assault, and has been the lead investigator in many successful serial rape and pattern investigations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Manhattan Special Victims Squad, Manhattan, NYPD, NY, USA

Brent Turvey

Brent E. Turvey spent his first years in college on a pre-med track only to change his course of study once his true interests took hold. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in Psychology, with an emphasis on Forensic Psychology, and an additional Bachelor of Science degree in History. He went on to receive his Masters of Science in Forensic Science after studying at the University of New Haven, in West Haven, Connecticut. Since graduating in 1996, Brent has consulted with many agencies, attorneys, and police departments in the United States, Australia, China, Canada, Barbados and Korea on a range of rapes, homicides, and serial/ multiple rape/ death cases, as a forensic scientist and criminal profiler. He has also been court qualified as an expert in the areas of criminal profiling, forensic science, victimology, and crime reconstruction. In August of 2002, he was invited by the Chinese People's Police Security University (CPPSU) in Beijing to lecture before groups of detectives at the Beijing, Wuhan, Hanzou, and Shanghai police bureaus. In 2005, he was invited back to China again, to lecture at the CPPSU, and to the police in Beijing and Xian - after the translation of the 2nd edition of his text into Chinese for the University. In 2007, he was invited to lecture at the 1st Behavioral Sciences Conference at the Home Team (Police) Academy in Singapore, where he also provided training to their Behavioral Science Unit. In 2012 Brent completed his PhD in Criminology from Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia. He is the author of Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Editions (1999, 2002, 2008, 2011); co- author of the Rape Investigation Handbook, 1st and 2nd Editions (2004, 2011), Crime Reconstruction 1st and 2nd Editions (2006, 2011), Forensic Victimology (2008) and Forensic Fraud (2013) - all with Elsevier Science. He is currently a full partner, Forensic Scientist, C

Affiliations and Expertise

Forensic Solutions LLC, Sitka, AK; USA Director, The Institute of Forensic Investigation & Criminal Profiling, Aguascalientes, MX


Praise for the first edition:
"This book is easy to read and follows a logical progression from the initial call to the courts. Anyone involved in dealing with sexual assault cases in any capacity would benefit from having this book in their library of reference texts." --www.crimeandclues.com