Forensic issues in child sexual abuse allegations

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Abstract

When well-intentioned but misguided individuals use questioning techniques known to increase the risk of false allegations of sexual abuse, a cascade of unfortunate events can follow. Consequences of corruptive interview techniques include the risk of innocent individuals being falsely accused as well as abused children not being believed. Mental health evaluators and investigators have an obligation to conduct child abuse investigations in accordance with current research and best practices. Failure to do so results in a process that fails to protect our children and places the quest for truth and justice in peril.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPsychiatric Times
Volume25
Issue number14
StatePublished - Dec 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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