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Title: Judicial Primer on Child Sexual Abuse
Corporate Author: American Bar Assoc
Ctr on Children and the Law
United States of America
Editor(s): J Bulkley; C Sandt
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 106
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Assoc
Washington, DC 20036
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20447
Grant Number: CA90-1452
Sale Source: American Bar Assoc
Ctr on Children and the Law
1800 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Four papers by professionals in social science and law instruct judges in various procedures and techniques for handling child sexual abuse cases in court.
Abstract: The first paper discusses the nature and dynamics of child sexual abuse. Topics addressed include the characteristics of child sexual abuse, children's reports of sexual abuse, parental response to a child's disclosure of sexual abuse, and the emotional effects of child sexual abuse. Other subjects discussed are the emotional effects of legal intervention, and child sexual abuse offenders. The second paper considers the principles of child development for judicial application. Following a review of the factors that affect the testimony of children, the paper discusses guidelines for questioning children, preparing and educating child witnesses for court, the judge's duty to control the examination of witnesses, and improving the questioning of children. Other topics considered are listening to testimony, the emotional effects of legal intervention on children, identifying children in need of special court procedures, recognizing and helping children in distress on the witness stand, and competency to testify. Remaining papers focus on special techniques to assist child witnesses in court (the judicial tradition of flexibility and innovation) and key evidentiary issues in child sexual abuse cases. References accompany the papers.
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Children in the courtroom; Judges; Juvenile witnesses; Rules of evidence
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