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NCJ Number: 157655 Find in a Library
Title: Best of All Possible Worlds: Balancing Victims' and Defendants' Rights in the Child Sexual Abuse Case
Journal: Fordham Law Review  Volume:63  Issue:2  Dated:(November 1994)  Pages:633-664
Author(s): M F Sopher
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 32
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Although child molestation has existed throughout history, the American media has focused more intently on the issue of child sexual abuse over the past 10 years; in addition, the problem of child sexual abuse is compounded because government statistics on child molestation are scarce, research attempts to compile data have yielded unsatisfactory results, and child sexual abuse is extremely difficult to investigate.
Abstract: The first part of the article discusses difficulties encountered in the effective adjudication of child sexual abuse cases. The role of criminal courts in combatting child molestation is examined, arguments for and against criminal prosecution of abusers are identified, and the crucial nature of prosecution in most child sexual abuse cases is considered. The second part of the article examines evidentiary difficulties involved in prosecuting child sexual abuse cases, with emphasis on constitutional protections afforded criminal defendants. The third part of the article recommends an interdisciplinary approach to the prosecution of child sexual abuse cases. 253 footnotes
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse investigations; Child molesters; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Evidence collection; Evidence identification; Prosecution; Sexual assault victims
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