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Overcoming Misconceptions in the Courtroom on How Children Disclose Sexual Abuse


Rita Shackel


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

December, 15 2011

Judicial Officers’ Bulletin, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 29-32, 2011
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 11/102

Abstract:     
Courts increasingly are demonstrating awareness of the unique dynamics of child sexual assault and the difficulties faced by victims at home and within the courtroom. Misconceptions, however, about disclosure of such abuse often still permeate the narratives that frame child sexual assault trials. This article discusses the findings of empirical research on who victims of child sexual abuse most commonly disclose to, and by what means such disclosure occurs. This understanding is important to challenge misconceived notions that may be relied upon in the courtroom about how victims disclose such abuse.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: sexual, disclosure, misconceptions, children, courtroom

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K40

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Date posted: December 17, 2011  

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Shackel, Rita, Overcoming Misconceptions in the Courtroom on How Children Disclose Sexual Abuse (December, 15 2011). Judicial Officers’ Bulletin, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 29-32, 2011; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 11/102. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1973378

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Rita Shackel (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
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