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Child sexual abuse and the criminal justice system

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 99

C Eastwood, W Patton and H Stacy
ISBN 0 642 24088 4 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, December 1998


A study which investigated significant procedures in the criminal justice process which impact on female child complainants of sexual abuse, as well as the range of consequences of their involvement, is reported. The authors highlight some of the ongoing problems which need to be addressed in order that children are not further traumatised through their interaction with the criminal justice system.