Oregon Detective Pioneers New Sexual Assault Reporting Program
In 2009, Hull began looking for a way to change how police departments interacted with sexual violence survivors.
She saw specific problems: many victims who initially reported a sexual assault would stop participating in the police investigation and often the information the police did collect was not effective for ultimately developing a case.
And those problems extend far beyond Ashland. The Justice Department estimates that only 35 percent of rape or sexual assault victims report those crimes to the police.
When Haley was ready to report what had happened to her, Hull had assembled a program to help.
In 2013, the detective launched a program called “You Have Options” at the Ashland P.D.
After speaking with victim advocates and sexual assault survivors about their experiences with law enforcement, Hull identified three main concerns that kept victims from reporting or from continuing to participate in an investigation: confidentiality, fear of disbelief, and delayed initial reporting.