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Title: Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse - Innovations in Practice
Author(s): D Whitcomb
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper discusses problems faced and posed by child victims of sexual abuse in the criminal justice system, reform statutes enacted by States, and new techniques to help child victims in the adjudication process.
Abstract: Victim advocates and prosecutors are experimenting with various measures intended to reduce stress on child victims while improving the government's case in court. As of December 1984, States had enacted several reforms, including the use of closed circuit television to broadcast the child's live testimony and videotaping testimony. Many useful techniques, however, are not technological, but involve special exceptions to hearsay for certain out-of-court statements, permitting child witnesses to have a supporting person present during court proceedings, and directing agencies to conduct joint investigations using a single trained interviewer. Two areas for statutory reform are suggested: abolishing special competency requirements for children and adopting special hearsay exceptions. Statutory citations and a chart analyzing State legislation are supplied.
Main Term(s): Children in the courtroom
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Criminal justice system reform; Juvenile victims; Prosecution; State laws
Note: National Institute of Justice Research in Brief, November 1985
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