Overcoming Misconceptions in the Courtroom on How Children Disclose Sexual Abuse

Judicial Officers’ Bulletin, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 29-32, 2011

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 11/102

12 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2011  

Rita Shackel

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: December, 15 2011

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.

Keywords: sexual, disclosure, misconceptions, children, courtroom

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K40

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1973378

Rita Shackel (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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