Sunday, February 1, 2009

Another Composite / Sexual Assault


Okay, so I'm "copping" out by posting another piece from the past because I don't have anything completed to post today.

This man attacked a woman while she walked alone along a relatively desolate street in a neighboring city. He tackled her from behind, threw her into a clump of bushes to sexually assault her.

What I always have is deep admiration for a victim willing to force herself to revisit that event in order to help the police catch the guy and prevent him from doing the same to others. It is not a pleasant experience and we both are emotionally drained after the session.

As you may or may not know there are people who chose not to help with a composite. I found that the most reluctant were not sexual assault victims but bank robbery tellers. For some reason tellers were most reluctant to sit and provide a description when cameras had failed during the hold-up. Most cited that they were afraid of retaliation [ which never occurred during my 26 years experience] and trauma from the incident.

8 comments:

suzanne cabrera said...

Please "cop" out as often as you want! i love these...and hearing the stories behind them.

James Parker said...

Indeed, interesting...and I imagine traumatic at times. 26 years? I didn't know they allowed 10 year olds on the police force. And what a coincidence...your drawing looks just like that guy in the photo.

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

A frightening and disturbing individual but a necessary image.

artbyakiko said...

Great composite, as always! Good to know that this man is behind bars. Again, amazing application of your art skills.

Hellenne Vermillion said...

I, too, am finding these stories very interesting and learning from them also. Keep up the good work!

Angela Elledge said...

Hello Shelia - You are not copping out; it's great to revisit our older work. How wonderful that you could use your artistic skills in what must have been a most rewarding profession, great work!

Madd Sketch said...

I'm always affraid that i would easily forget because of trauma, how the man or woman would look like... well maybe if it was a woman i would remember easier lol yeh i know that joke was lame. lol So i'm guessing you guys got him?

Sheila said...

Yes, that's his mug shot by the drawing. I love "Lame" especially when it comes to jokes. I'm always looking to get a chuckle. Thanks for visiting!