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NCJ Number: 158443 Find in a Library
Title: Scientific Basis for Expert Psychological Testimony Regarding Child Sexual Abuse
Corporate Author: American Professional Soc on the Abuse of Children
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: American Professional Soc on the Abuse of Children
Chicago, IL 60605
Teach 'Em Inc
Chicago, IL 60611
Publication Number: PC-455
Sale Source: Teach 'Em Inc
160 East Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These three audio cassettes present a transcript of several presentations regarding the nature and use of expert testimony in cases involving child sexual abuse; the presentations were given at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children's Second National Colloquium in May 1994.
Abstract: Directed to both attorneys and nonattorney professionals from many disciplines, the presentations began with an overview of the general principles involved in expert testimony. The speaker noted that although the rules are uniform in general, they differ in some details from state to state. Additional presentations focused on substantive evidence, the expert testimony offered to prove that a child was sexually abused and the expert testimony offered to restore the credibility of a child witness whose credibility has been challenged by the defense. Other speakers focused on expert testimony regarding offenders, with emphasis on the admissibility of profile testimony and the rules that apply, and expert testimony regarding monetary damages sought by survivors of child sexual abuse in civil litigation. The emerging issue of the battered person defense in cases in which a battered parent kills a child or a battered child kills a parent was also explored.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Expert witnesses; Prosecution; Sexual assault victims; Witness credibility
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. 3 audio cassettes, from Second National Colloquium, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Cambridge, Mass., May 4-7, 1994; PC-455
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