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NCJ Number: 122951 Find in a Library
Title: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Factors That Influence the Legal Disposition of Child Sexual Abuse Cases
Journal: Crime and Delinquency  Volume:36  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1990)  Pages:276-285
Author(s): T L Bradshaw; A E Marks
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 10
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The prosecution files of 350 child sexual abuse cases in Ector County (Odessa), Texas, were examined to determine the influence of the child's age, relationship to the alleged offender, interval between initial occurrence and reporting of abuse, presence or absence of medical evidence, and presence or absence of a statement by the accused had on the subsequent prosecution and conviction of offenders.
Abstract: The victims age and relationship to the suspect had no impact on the legal outcome. There was a greater likelihood of prosecution and conviction in cases in which medical evidence and/or a statement by the offender were available and a shorter interval existed between occurrence and reporting. 3 tables, 12 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Dispositions
Index Term(s): Judicial decisions; Texas
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