Child Sexual Abuse in Civil Cases: A Guide to Custody and Tort Actions

    By Ann M Haralambie

    Child Sexual Abuse in Civil Cases: A Guide to Custody and Tort Actions

    Child Sexual Abuse in Civil Cases: A Guide to Custody and Tort Actions

    By Ann M Haralambie

    1999, 464 pages, 6 x 9, Paperback, PC 5130097

    Written Ann M. Haralambie, a noted authority in the area, this book cuts through the clutter of assumptions, myths, and preconceived ideas to provide a balanced, informative, and ultimately strategic guide to handling cases of abuse in non-stranger situations and the legal interventions available to the practitioner.
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    The number of both reported and substantiated child sexual abuse cases continues to increase. As a result, it is highly probable that most family law practitioners and judges will be involved in a case where an allegation is raised regarding sexual contact or activity between the child and a member of the child's family or household. Child Sexual Abuse in Civil Cases by Ann M. Haralambie cuts through the clutter of assumptions, myths, and preconceived ideas to provide a balanced, informative, and ultimately strategic guide to handling cases of abuse in non-stranger situations and the legal interventions available to the practitioner.

    This information, presented in the author's own inimitable and accessible way, focuses on how to achieve objectives that meet the needs and best interests of the child. Haralambie, one of the country's leading experts on the legal remedies in abuse cases, begins the book with a comprehensive chapter to help practitioners understand and define the subject: what constitutes child sexual abuse; the non-stereotypical facts about who commits abuse; and the devastating impact of abuse in family and protective situations. Perceptive analysis of why these claims may first surface in domestic litigation is especially valuable for the practitioner in establishing the validity of a claim in the courtroom. Topics include:

    • Why the child's out-of-court statements about the abuse are often the most crucial evidence in a case, and under what circumstances they can be admitted in court
    • How the issue of suggestibility is used to attack child-witness testimony, and what research can be used to counter such claims
    • Why true allegations of abuse first come to light during domestic litigation, and how to counter possible judicial skepticism of these claims
    • The value - as well as the limitations - of medical examinations, and how to weigh the realistic possibility of obtaining useful information against the best interests of the child

    Product Details

    Sponsors

    Section of Family Law

    Publishers

    ABA Book Publishing

    ISBN

    9781570736629

    Page Count

    464

    Product Code

    5130097

    Trim Size

    6 x 9 Paperback

    Publication Date

    7/30/1999 12:00:00 AM

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