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NCJ Number: 201291 Find in a Library
Title: Scientific Support for Expert Testimony on Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation (From Critical Issues in Child Sexual Abuse: Historical, Legal, and Psychological Perspectives, P 107-138, 2002, Jon R. Conte, ed. -- See NCJ-201288)
Author(s): Thomas D. Lyon
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter argues that there is scientific support for the use of child sexual abuse accommodation, and that, therefore, it is both acceptable and crucial to introduce this type of expert testimony in the prosecution of sexual offenders.
Abstract: The author begins by outlining the objections to child sexual abuse accommodation (CSAA), including arguments that it is unsupported by the scientific research and that CSAA is irrelevant in diagnosing abuse. In response to these claims, the author argues that observational and experimental research has supported CSAA and that research casting doubt on the existence of accommodation tends to suffer from methodological flaws. Furthermore, the author notes that CSAA was not meant to be a diagnostic tool and that criticisms against its diagnostic accuracy misunderstand both the purpose and the utility of accommodation. The author also discusses recent case law that makes it imperative to address the issue of whether CSAA is scientifically valid, especially considering the courts’ penchant for expert testimony that is scientifically grounded. The observational and experimental research on children’s disclosure processes are reviewed to offer evidence that accommodation does occur among a substantial number of abused children, striking down the criticism that there is no scientific proof of accommodation. In conclusion, the author asserts that CSAA is a useful tool for educating jurors on the etiology of child sexual abuse and its effects on the child victims. References
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child victims; Children in the courtroom; Crime reporting by children; Prosecution
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