Minneapolis, university police receive specialized training for sexual assault victims

Russell Strand held up a 100-piece puzzle box as a metaphor for a typical criminal case, each piece inside representing a specific memory a victim has of the crime that investigators try to put together.

But when victims experience trauma, he said, their puzzle requires a different approach.

“What happens in trauma is this,” he said, throwing a dozen pieces in the air. What victims don’t get, he said, is the puzzle box — with its picture of the complete puzzle.