Seeking Justice in Child Sexual Abuse

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St. Mary County is a rural Midwestern enclave with a unique approach to handling accusations of child sexual abuse. Hoping to spare all children the trauma of lengthy court appearances, professionals do their best to obtain confessions from accused sex offenders themselves instead of placing the burden of proof on the victim.

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Treating this county as a critical case study, scholars from a variety of fields come together to analyze this community’s unique approach. They address relevant case law, innovative treatments for both victim and offender, and the social history of child sexual abuse as a national policy concern. They cover legal burdens and scientific methods, prosecutors and protocol, the interrogation of victims and suspects, the use of expert witnesses, defense strategies, and practice wisdom in videotaping. In addition, they examine the unfolding drama of a single legal case from incidence to conviction.
The result is a fascinating dialogue that confronts the unique complexities of child sexual abuse for readers on all sides of the issue. Introducing a model that makes enormous headway in the pursuit of justice, fairness, and trauma treatment, this interdisciplinary text is an indispensable tool for all communities seeking redress.

Weight 1.4 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6.1 × 1.2 in


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