Blind Reporting Lights Another Way

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This article explores the topic of anonymous or "blind reporting". Sabrina Garcia of the Chapel Hill Police Department was interviewed to provide program development information for those communities improving services for or beginning to offer victims of sexual violence the option to file anonymous or confidential reports (being labeled as blind reports). These blind reports enable a victim to let the police department record some information about the crime and perpetrator without the victim having to decide whether or not to immediately file a regular crime report that might lead to an investigation and trial.

This interview provides information on "seven procedures for successful blind reporting". The benefits and challenges of instituting anonymous reporting procedures are included. Collaboration with rape crisis centers and training are discussed as priorities. It is also mentioned that communities must investigate their state and county laws to see if this practice is in compliance with their judicial practices.