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NCJ Number: 119515 Find in a Library
Title: Child Sexual Abuse Investigations
Journal: The Investigator  Volume:5  Issue:2  Dated:(Spring 1989)  Pages:1-9
Author(s): B C Jayne
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses recommendations for interviewing and interrogating suspects in child sexual abuse investigations.
Abstract: When a case of child sexual abuse is reported, the investigator's first goal is to establish the probable truthfulness of the allegation. In order to prevent devastating emotional consequences which can result if a child who is telling the truth perceives that an investigator does not believe him or her, it is suggested that the truthfulness of the child's allegation be evaluated based on factual analysis, rather than any type of accusatory questions. In order to link a suspect to the crime or to the crime scene, bait questions may be necessary. Suggestions of possible bait questions involving hypnosis, genetic fingerprinting, hair analysis, and videotapes are presented. It is important to remember that it is easier for a suspect to admit a sexual act with a child if allowed to couple the admission with reasons that psychologically or morally excuse the behavior, such as blaming the victim or someone else, blaming alcohol or medication, or minimizing the incident. 5 references.
Main Term(s): Child abuse investigations; Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Crimes against children
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