I once reviewed a rape report written by a female
officer.  In the narrative, the officer wrote, "The
victim reports the suspect penetrated her vagina
with his penis, (so far so good) and the suspect
came."  CAME?  Not good...not good at all.

When you write rape reports, or any sexual assault
report for that matter, you're going to use words
like penis; vagina; anus; ejaculate (...remember
CAME?); fellatio; cunnilingus, masturbate, erection,
etc.  When you're describing the sexual acts
committed by the suspect, never...never use slang
or colloquial terms when describing sex acts or
body parts associated with sexual acts.

Now...your concern with using proper terms ends
when it comes time to document statements made
by the suspect.  As far as your investigation is
concerned, what the suspect says -- exact words of
the suspect -- can be just as important --
sometimes more so -- as how he commits the

No matter how insulting, offensive, or vile a
suspect's statements to a victim may be, it is
important that the victim repeat those statements
to you in the suspect's exact words so that you can
document those statements...exactly.  Now, you
might point out that asking the victim to repeat
such offensive statements could produce even more
trauma for the victim.  If that is the case, simply ask
the victim to write the suspect's statements.  In
either event, explain to the victim the importance of
accurately documenting all aspects of the crime.
I'm making a big deal on this, because you're going
to see it often.  In fact, you'd possibly be
susceptible to this error were you not reading this.

A weapon is a gun, knife, blunt object, or any
identifiable object that by its physical composition is
capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death.
All of your report formats are going to have a field
(box) to list a tool or weapon used.  When a police
officer takes a report of a robbery where the
suspect displays no weapon, the weapon used is
"none"...a no brainer.  However, when it comes to
rape reports, some officers get temporarily stuck on
stupid.  When no weapon is displayed during the
rape, some officers will list "penis" as the weapon

Listing "penis" as a weapon will not damage your
case, but it will give the prosecutor, defense
attorney, judge, jurors, or anyone else who sees it,
a good laugh at your expense.  
A rapist isn't that different from any other criminal
when it comes to establishing a method of
operation (MO).  While a rapist may escalate his
level of violence over time, the way he rapes, and
the way he talks will remain pretty constant.  When
you write your rape report, you should do so while
thinking that some other police officer may, in the
future, read your report and think -- momentarily --
that the rape which that officer is currently
investigating has already been reported.

The narrative of a rape report can become pretty
graphic.  In fact, your narrative could read like a
chapter from a pornographic novel.  However, a
rape is what it is.  While the subject matter will be
offensive, the way you describe the events, using
proper terminology, will make all the difference in
making your report an accurate and comprehensive
description of a vicious sexual assault.
The big difference between a rape report and other
crime reports is
SEX.  When a police officer submits
a poorly written robbery report with grammatical
errors and misstatements, the officer looks stupid.  
When a police officer submits a similarly written
rape report, the officer looks really stupid.
"...what the suspect says -- exact words of the
suspect -- can be just as important --
sometimes more so -- as how he commits the
rape." ~ Barry M. Baker
Copyright © 2019  Barry M. Baker