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NCJ Number: 118380 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse Cases (From Vulnerable Populations: Evaluation and Treatment of Sexually Abused Children and Adult Survivors, Volume 1, P 187-227, 1988, Suzanne M Sgroi, ed. -- See NCJ-118378)
Author(s): R L Cage
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 41
Sponsoring Agency: Lexington Books
New York, NY 10022
Sale Source: Lexington Books
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New York, NY 10022
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter guides law enforcement and social service personnel in the investigation of child sexual abuse cases.
Abstract: Basic characteristics of a good child sexual abuse investigator include the ability to maintain objectivity throughout the investigations, the ability to empathize with both the victim and the offender, a willingness to remain nonjudgmental, and an ability to put aside anger and repulsion to obtain as much information as possible. This chapter discusses distinctive circumstances in child sexual abuse cases that pose barriers to the investigation. These include barriers presented by the victim and barriers presented by the investigators themselves. In discussing investigative techniques, they are divided into interviews and the gathering of evidence. Techniques are outlined for interviewing the victim; the nonoffending parent (intrafamily cases); the offender; and siblings, other relatives, and the victims' friends. Guidelines for the gathering of evidence focus on search and seizure procedures and the obtaining of medical evidence. 5 references.
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse investigations; Investigative techniques
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