This workshop will examine the intricate issues affecting disclosure of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) as well as important abuse dynamics that result in allegations being reported months, years or decades after the fact or not at all. Unlike most other violent crimes, CSA typically occurs in secret, is shrouded in shame, and is often reported well after an abusive incident, leaving investigators without witnesses, physical evidence or clear timetables. Presenters will detail the dangers of repeated and unstructured interviewing of children who disclose CSA as well as the value of the Child Forensic Interview (CFI). When properly conducted the CFI is an evidence-based, structured, and unbiased method by which to gather evidence related to claims of CSA. This workshop will also review victim/perpetrator dynamics, grooming practices and research related to repressed memories, false memories and false allegations of abuse.
- Participants will be able to describe and understand abuse related dynamics that result in victims submitting to abuse, returning willingly to perpetrators and failing to tell others about the abuse
- Participants will be able to describe aspects of memory, interview style and situations most likely to elicit false or inaccurate reports of abuse
- Participants will be able to understand the history, structure and utility of the Child Forensic Interview
- Participants will be able to describe and understand the history and applicability of Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome and how it is used in courts