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Title: Review and Monitoring of Child Sexual Abuse Cases in Selected Sites in Alberta: Studies on the Sexual Abuse of Children in Canada
Author(s): J P Hornick; B A Burrows; D Perry; F Bolitho
Corporate Author: Canada Department of Justice
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 221
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Department of Justice
Ottawa ON K1A 0H8, Canada
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: In 1990, the Department of Justice Canada launched a study to determine the effectiveness of Bill C-15, the Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Evidence Act. Specifically, this study described the relationship between the child welfare system and the criminal justice system in Alberta regarding child sexual abuse, examined the nature of the child victim/witness experience in the criminal justice system, and identified the degree to which the goals of Bill C-15 have been achieved.
Abstract: The data used in the analyses were collected from police, social service, and court information systems; police and social service agency files; court testimony of child victim/witnesses; court transcripts; key informants in the criminal justice system; newspaper articles; and post-court interviews. The study showed evidence of considerable interagency cooperation between the police and local social service agencies in child sexual abuse cases; child welfare workers were the major source of case referral to the police, and the police and social workers frequently conferred on cases. The overall reporting rates in both Calgary and Edmonton were high compared to other provincial and national rates. The testimony of child victim/witnesses seemed to be affected by the occurrence of physical abuse, the length of time between the incident and the court appearance, the number of strangers versus supportive adults in the courtroom, and the outcome of the proceedings. Professionals involved in child sexual abuse cases had mixed reviews on the impact of Bill C-15. Most actors in the system, with the exception of defense lawyers, were open to court innovations, including the use of videotaped testimony. 46 tables and 4 appendixes
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Foreign juvenile justice systems
Index Term(s): Alberta; Foreign laws; Juvenile witnesses; Legislative impact
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