After a rape or other type of sexual assault, many victims hesitate to report the offense to law enforcement. They may feel too ashamed or embarrassed. Further, they know that reporting could lead to a medical examination.
The last thing any victim wants to endure after an assault is more trauma. However, in the case of rape, an exam can provide crucial evidence. There are other types of evidence that can be gathered as well. Let’s look at some examples.
Crime scene materials
You may not realize how easily a person’s DNA can transfer from one place to another. The person who harmed you might have left their DNA on items at the crime scene. For example, if the assault occurred in your home, the offender may have deposited biological evidence or left fingerprints on items or materials in your residence.
Many assaulters fail to comprehend the egregious and unlawful nature of their conduct. As such, some of them inadvertently post incriminating content on their social media accounts. For example, they may say something online verifying they were at the scene when the assault occurred.
It is rare for someone to witness a rape or other sexual assault as it occurs, but they might help you establish a chain of events supporting your allegations. For example, a witness might have seen the offender lure you away or heard them bragging after the assault.
Colorado law treats sex offenders harshly, but you must report the assault and pursue the matter to obtain justice. This may require undergoing a medical exam (or rape kit). Having experienced legal guidance can help you seek justice and accountability.