The Dynamics of Disclosure of Child Sexual Victimisation: Implications for Investigation and Prosecution

Right Now (Online Journal of Human Rights in Australia), July 2012

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/60

6 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2012  

Rita Shackel

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: August 30, 2012

Abstract

Child sexual abuse continues to be a problem of immense proportions globally, however, understanding of some of the key underlying dimensions and dynamics of such abuse are often not sufficiently well understood and accordingly the investigation and prosecution of such cases may be hampered. The author argues that legal processes unfortunately still tend to homogenise child sexual assault offences and by doing so the needs of these victims and the broader public interest are often not adequately met.

Keywords: child sexual assault, disclosure & investigation

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K30, K42

Suggested Citation

Shackel, Rita, The Dynamics of Disclosure of Child Sexual Victimisation: Implications for Investigation and Prosecution (August 30, 2012). Right Now (Online Journal of Human Rights in Australia), July 2012; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/60. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2138644

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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