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  NCJ Number: NCJ 153527   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Child Sexual Exploitation: Improving Investigations and Protecting Victims: A Blueprint for Action
  Document URL: HTML Text PDF 
  Project Director: D Whitcomb
  Corporate Author: Education Development Ctr
Higher Education Ctr for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
United States of America
  Date Published: 1995
  Page Count: 64
  Annotation: Guidelines presented in this document are designed to guide collaboration among Federal, State, and local agencies involved in the investigation and prosecution of child pornography and prostitution cases and in the provision of services to young victims of these crimes.
  Abstract: The guidelines recognize that many criminal justice agencies have a wealth of experience in working with child sexual abuse cases and young victims. Some agencies already have detailed protocols for the investigation process, including referral to child protection agencies or children's advocacy centers. Further, many communities have multidisciplinary teams that share information and streamline the investigative process to minimize its impact on young victims. Nonetheless, child sexual exploitation cases raise unique issues that are not always anticipated in existing child sexual abuse protocols. These cases tend to feature the additional complexities of concurrent Federal and State jurisdiction, and many involve a particularly challenging group of victims. Child pornography and child prostitution cases are rare in the caseloads of most criminal justice agencies. As a result, when a child sexual exploitation case is identified, responsible professionals may have little relevant experience to guide them at critical decision points. The guidelines are organized into seven sections: (1) philosophy and general policy underlying the need for guidelines in child sexual exploitation cases; (2) synopsis of Federal and State laws defining offenses that comprise child sexual exploitation and directing certain personnel to report suspected victims to appropriate child protection authorities; (3) roles, responsibilities, and resources of Federal, State, and local agencies that investigate and prosecute child sexual exploitation cases; (4) models for structuring a multijurisdictional, interagency approach to child sexual exploitation; (5) communication and coordination among criminal justice and victim assistance agencies; (6) key decision points in multijurisdictional investigations and points of entry for victim services; and (7) sources of training and technical assistance and references on topics pertaining to child sexual exploitation. 18 references and 15 footnotes
  Main Term(s): Child victims
  Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation ; Victim services ; Abused children ; Sexual assault victims ; Child protection services ; Child abuse situation remedies ; Juvenile prostitution ; Child Pornography ; Child abuse investigations ; Child Sexual Abuse ; Police ; Juvenile victims
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America

Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Contract Number: 93-MU-MU-K005
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  Type: Guideline
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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