Sexual Assault Database developed by Department of Justice

by Alexander H
As technology becomes more advanced, it is necessary to enhance and improve databases in order to maximize efficiency. Rick Maze, an author at the Army Times, wrote an article explaining the changes that a database is undergoing in order to improve its usability. The Department of Justice is planning to deploy a special database this summer that is aimed at sexual assault prevention. The Sexual Assault Database Management System, or SADMS, has been in the making for years and is nearing its final stages. This database will contain the names of victims and alleged offenders, the nature of the assaults, and the outcomes of any legal action.

In prior years, the method of recording evidence and testimonies were handled on an individual basis between the Defense Departments. Although effective in recording data, it was difficult to share the evidence with other departments due to the lack of consistency in the reporting. This new database seeks to eliminate this issue and create the process of reporting evidence more streamlined and consistent. Having everyone record crimes in the same manner allows the service to compare “which may be more successful with sexual assault prevention programs”(Maze).
In relation to the class, the importance of enhancing legacy systems and knowing when to scrap the plans and start fresh is crucial. In 2008, a sexual assault database was also utilized, however, it had many issues such as the lack of uniformity. The constant build and rebuild is the norm in database management and this trait of the trade will always be relevant.

I think the database will be extremely beneficial to preventing sexual assaults. Having the service more uniform and allowing the information to be accessed by specific personnel at all levels of the Department of Justice will allow consistent methods of handling situations. However, I know the concept of stored personal information will not sit well with many, especially victims since the records will have detailed descriptions about their assaults. Ultimately, the goal in mind is to save lives from abuse and I think privacy should be a minor issue considering the information can save another life.
Maze , R. (2012, April 10). Army times. Retrieved from

3 thoughts on “Sexual Assault Database developed by Department of Justice

  • April 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I agree with you all on the reasons you wrote about because it has a both plus and minus points to it. it helps in keeping in descriptive detail about some one, then on the other hand people might not want others to have all the information about what had happened to them.

  • April 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I also agree. I think it is good though that they are making this type of information more accessible though. Sexual offenders are serious problems and people need to be aware of them at all times in all areas. The fact that this information will be more accessible will reduce the amount of interaction with these people and should ultimately lend itself to good results in preventing more of these types of problems.

  • April 29, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I think it’s a good idea that they are creating a database for sexual assault offenders and victims. Since sexual assault offenders are known to recommit crimes, this kind of database would help prevent sexual assaults. For the victim, I think that some people might not want this since it means that information about what happened to them and their personal information are being shared by many people.

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