Saying the unsayable: The necessary prerequisites for the reliability and credibility in Child Sexual Violence

Author/s Laura De Rui
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/1 Language Italian
Pages 16 P. 53-68 File size 184 KB
DOI 10.3280/MAL2022-001004
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This paper deals with the issue of the child testimony in case of crimes of sexual nature, and the relevant requirements to put children in the best conditions to testify. First, respect for their individuality and dignity, with particular attention to the protection of their right to psycho-physical health. Also through the examination of cases, we will refer to the good practices considered appropriate, in order to avoid effects of secondary victimization, which also affects the reliability of the statements, with possible damage to suspects. These prac-tices strengthen the rights of offended parties, including that of emotional and psychological assistance at every stage of criminal proceedings, the right to informed participation and assisted by a lawyer and a special curator. These procedures are too often disregarded by the Judicial Authorities, resulting in the risk of compromising the psycho-physical integrity of any children and of an incorrect assessment of the responsibility of the alleged offenders.

Keywords: child Sexual Abuse, reliability, credibility, child testimony.

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Laura De Rui, Dire l’indicibile. I presupposti necessari alle verifiche di attendibilità e credibilità nei casi di violenza sessuale infantile in "MALTRATTAMENTO E ABUSO ALL’INFANZIA" 1/2022, pp 53-68, DOI: 10.3280/MAL2022-001004