Overcoming Misconceptions in the Courtroom on How Children Disclose Sexual Abuse
Judicial Officers’ Bulletin, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 29-32, 2011
12 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2011
Date Written: December, 15 2011
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
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