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Prosecution of child sexual abuse cases involving preschool-aged children: A study of Swedish cases from 2010 to 2014

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dc.contributor.author Ernberg, Emelie ; Magnusson, Mikaela ; Landstrom, Sara
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-24T17:26:19Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-24T17:26:19Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Ernberg, Emelie ; Magnusson, Mikaela ; Landstrom, Sara. (2018). Prosecution of child sexual abuse cases involving preschool-aged children: A study of Swedish cases from 2010 to 2014. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 27, 832-851. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10538712.2018.1501786?needAccess=true
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/4312
dc.description.abstract Alleged child sexual abuse against preschool-aged children is often considered one of the most challenging cases for a prosecutor to handle. The aim of the current study was to examine differences between prosecuted and discontinued cases of alleged sexual abuse of preschool-aged children. Data from Swedish criminal cases of alleged sexual abuse of children ages 2–6 issued from 2010 to 2014 were analyzed (N = 130). Prosecuted cases were more likely to contain forensic evidence (documentation of abuse, corroborative DNA evidence, or a corroborative medical examination), or a confession from the suspect, while such evidence was not available in any discontinued case. Furthermore, cases where the child was older, where the prosecutor had decided to conduct an interview with the child, and where there was more than one alleged victim were more likely to be prosecuted. Factors that were associated with a decreased likelihood of prosecution were ongoing custody disputes between parents, foster care placements prior to the abuse, and if the report concerned a boy. Boys and younger children were also less likely to be interviewed. The results suggest that prosecution of sexual abuse cases involving preschool-aged children remains difficult and that there is room for improvements in these investigations. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of child sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject courts en_US
dc.subject law en_US
dc.subject child witness en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject Sweden en_US
dc.title Prosecution of child sexual abuse cases involving preschool-aged children: A study of Swedish cases from 2010 to 2014 en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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