The Sexual Assault Unit investigates sexual assaults against children and adults. Although the Sexual Assault Unit is capable of investigating any crime, the Unit's focus is on developing an expertise in their respective field. This specialized training and experience becomes instrumental toward solving cases. The Unit prepares and presents cases for review and prosecution by the Merced County District Attorney's Office. In addition to capitalizing on problem-solving skills, the Unit must be empathetic toward the victims' needs. The Unit works closely with victim advocacy groups regarding available resources and “victims' rights”.