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Dr Rachel Lovell is a Research Assistant Professor at the Begun Centre of Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a Sociologist and methodologist who works with law-enforcement, community based agencies and public systems to examin
Publish Date: Oct 08, 2021
Dr Rachel Lovell is a Research Assistant Professor at the Begun Centre of Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a Sociologist and methodologist who works with law-enforcement, community based agencies and public systems to examine the impact of violent behaviour that is primarily directed at women and girls. In this conversation, Rachel shared her research on rape kits and how they can be used to identify serial rapists.
looks like there may be problems with this case that if I have limited amount of resources, should I be putting him towards this case? And you know I think what our research really shows and is you know one of the first things when they started testing so many rape kits at one time as I kind of talked we talked about earlier was that there were so many that were hitting to each other. They're like you know oh my gosh look at all these rape kits that are connected to other rape kits through D. N. A. And so you could see then a better picture of who the suspects are assaulting and how many times that they're doing this. And then how many of those cases were not adjudicated, meaning the perpetrator wasn't held accountable for the crime because nobody followed up on the case. And then after that this person went on to kill this other person and raped this other person and you know they just continued to do these terrible things. And um you know you look over time and you're just like oh my gosh look at all these things in law enforcement lingo. It's sort of they call it a sort of course of conduct versus incident based. So in other words, course of conduct meaning you're looking at the the conduct, the full conduct of the suspect versus Incident based just this one incident. And when you look at the offenders in a larger Perspective, you can see two things. One is there's a lot of serial offending much more than the research had suggested. And again, we talked about why that is is because this gives us a different view of of offending, right? Because it's not at conviction and it's earlier in the process. And to some of the research, early research, we did look at there's the idea that serial offenders, you know have a particular type of victim that they like to do or they maintain a certain type of pattern that they don't, you know, that they have this sort of what's called a modus operandi or like an offending pattern that they stick with. But the rape kits are sort of saying no look here's D. N. A. That's connecting them, not the victims reporting not the suspect emitting it. So if you look at those They all they're so different here. He rapes his son and then he raped a 13 year old girl within two months of each other. You know, here's Someone who's, he assaults a 50 year old woman And then a 13 year old girl. Uh here's a stranger, here's his girlfriend, uh here's the neighbor. So you can see that they're not sticking. It's called crossover offending. So they're not maintaining a certain victim