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ERIC Number: ED262321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-24
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Juvenile Rape Victims. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary. On the Problems of Juvenile Victims in Sexual Assault Cases. United States Senate, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
This document provides witness testimonies and prepared statements from the Congressional hearing called to consider the problems of juvenile victims in sexual assault cases. Opening statements are given by Senators Arlen Specter, Paul Simon, and Mitch McConnell. The recent controversy concerning the rape conviction of Gary Dotson and the recantation of testimony by Cathleen Crowell Webb in that case is credited with focusing public attention on the problems accompanying rape. Cathleen Webb and her attorney, John McLario, provide testimony about that case for this hearing. Paul Rothstein, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center discusses various aspects of the law as it relates to recantation of evidence and outlines reasons for suspecting recantations. Charles P. McDowell from the Office of Special Investigations, United States Air Force, describes his analyses of 1,218 rape investigations, approximately 341 of which were false allegations, and offers ten characteristic features of a false allegation. Ellen Frank from the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, on behalf of the American Psychological Association, addresses the mental health consequences of rape victimization, examines factors affecting recovery from rape trauma, and considers the circumstances under which rape victims are likely to participate in the criminal justice process. (NRB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.