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Delayed Prosecution for Childhood Sexual Abuse
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Delayed Prosecution for Childhood Sexual Abuse

Penney Lewis

Abstract

That childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is one of society's most pressing concerns is not in doubt. Not only is serious harm, both mental and physical, frequently caused to the victim, but families and society also suffer. Prevalence studies suggest that the majority of cases either never come to light or are only disclosed years after the event. There are a wide variety of psychological explanations for delayed reporting. Recent years have seen a growing number of criminal prosecutions for sexual offences against children which are alleged to have occurred many years before the prosecution takes pl ... More

Keywords: delayed prosecution, criminal justice, fair trial, historic abuse, delayed reporting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282289
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282289.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Penney Lewis, author
Reader in Law, King's College London