Office of Citizen Complaints
Reference: 98-723/DGO 6.09, 6.13, 6.16
Subject: Sexual Assaults, Domestic Violence
The Office of Citizen Complaints recommends that the San Francisco Police Department amend DGO 6.16 I. and 6.09 I. to inform officers that victims of sexual assaults and or domestic violence are more severely traumatized than victims of opportunistic crimes. These amendments shall require officers to be sensitive to the needs of these victims including use of language and behavior respectful of the tenor of the situation. Victims of sexual assaults shall also be provided appropriate referrals to community organizations, as is the procedure for victims of domestic violence. The OCC believes that existing policy, as reflected in DGO 6.13 I. D, supports this recommendation.
After reporting a sexual assault, complainant was driven by officers to San Francisco General Hospital. During the transport, the officers laughed and held a lively social discussion which complainant experienced as officer insensitivity to the situation.
Investigated by: KASI JAMMEH, Investigator
Prepared by: RIVER GINCHILD ABEJE, Policy and Outreach Specialist
Approved by: MARY C. DUNLAP, Director
Date: December 18, 1998
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