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ERIC Number: EJ885340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Prosecuting Child Sexual Abuse: The Importance of Evidence Type
Walsh, Wendy A.; Jones, Lisa M.; Cross, Theodore P.; Lippert, Tonya
Crime & Delinquency, v56 n3 p436-454 2010
Corroborating evidence has been associated with a decrease in children's distress during the court process, yet few studies have empirically examined the impact of evidence type on prosecution rates. This study examined the types of evidence and whether charges were filed in a sample of child sexual abuse cases (n = 329). Cases with a child disclosure, a corroborating witness, an offender confession, or an additional report against the offender were more likely to have charges filed, controlling for case characteristics. When cases were lacking strong evidence (confession, physical evidence, eyewitness), cases with a corroborating witness were nearly twice as likely to be charged. Charged cases tended to have at least two types of evidence, regardless of whether there was a child disclosure or not. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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