Is it true that oral granting of consent is not best practice but oral withdrawal of consent is ok? Couldn’t someone impersonate the victim when withdrawing consent, too? Why the difference?
The reason for the difference is it ensures that the withdrawal of the release is immediate, while, when giving consent, a written consent ensures that nothing is released before s/he can put the agreement in writing. In essence, less harm (and program liability) can come with withdrawing consent (and waiting to verify the survivor’s identity) than might result from releasing information without proper consent.
Consent for release of personal information or withdrawal of consent should usually ONLY be given by the victim, so it’s important to ensure, as always, that no one is impersonating the victim. Best practice is to get the withdrawal in writing as soon as possible.