ERIC Number: ED330445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-20
Reference Count: 0
How To Avoid Secondary Victimization in Child Sexual Abuse Investigations.
Underwager, Ralph; Wakefield, Hollida
The investigation and adjudication of cases of alleged sexual abuse of children can cause as much or more trauma to a child as the sexual abuse itself. Such secondary victimization may occur when children are subjected to repeated interviews, questionable techniques, intrusive physical examinations, inappropriate reactions and overreactions by adults, ill-advised sexual abuse therapy, removal from home, or disruption of relationships with family and friends. In many cases, the young person becomes a victim only because grown-ups expect him or her to become a victim. This paper offers a discussion of ways to minimize secondary victimization in cases of alleged sexual abuse. It is recommended that investigators: (1) minimize the risk of identifying a nonabused child as abused; (2) not remove the child from home unless absolutely necessary; (3) interview the child somewhere other than the child's school; and (4) carefully assess the child before placing her or him in sexual abuse therapy. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Secondary Victimization
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council for Children's Rights (5th, Arlington, VA, October 20, 1990).