Child Abuse Allegations

A spontaneous report of having been abused, especially when the child provides consistent, credible details of the incident in age-appropriate language is very likely credible. However, a great deal of literature suggests that children can be led, misled, coerced, and influenced to present information that is not accurate.An unbiased evaluation of the investigation techniques used, especially the effects of improper types of interview questioning on children’s memory and recall can be vital in educating the fact finder about the accuracy of children’s testimony.