skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 155800 Find in a Library
Title: Child Sex Abuse
Journal: The Advocate  Volume:17  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1995)  Pages:18-26
Author(s): R A Gardner
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Sex abuse accusations in child custody disputes are explored.
Abstract: This article discusses 31 indicators for the child and 24 indicators for the accused to be used in differentiating between true and false sex bias accusations. The author cautions that there is no cut-off point with regard to a specific number of indicators that should strongly suggest bona fide sexual abuse. Rather, these indicators should be viewed as on a continuum; the greater the number of indicators present, the greater the likelihood the child was sexually abused. In addition, the quality of indicators satisfied must be considered as well as the quantity of indicators. In some cases, only a small number of indicators may be satisfied, but each one is compellingly supportive of the conclusion that the child was or was not sexually abused. These indicators must not be considered in isolation from the indicators of the accuser and the alleged perpetrator. The results of this inquiry should be taken into account in the evolution of the sex abuse accusation. Footnotes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Crime reporting by children; Juvenile victims
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.