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Attorneys as Gatekeepers to the Court: The Potential Liability of Attorneys Bringing Suits Based on

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dc.creator Bowman, Cynthia & Mertz, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-19T16:25:51Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-19T16:25:51Z
dc.date.issued 1998
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/96
dc.identifier.uri http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Delivery.cfm/SSRN_ID2126568_code1215500.pdf?abstractid=2126568&mirid=1
dc.description This Article examines the appropriate role of attorneys as gate­ keepers to the courts in suits involving recovered memories of child­ hood sexual abuse. Lawsuits brought by adults claiming that they had been sexually abused during childhood, but had forgotten the abuse until it emerged sometime later, are a relatively recent phenomenon. They surfaced only after the 'discovery' of childhood sexual abuse and its construction as a social problem in the 1970s and 1980s and became feasible only when the legal system responded by extending the statutes of limitations applicable to such cases. Although many highly­ publicized cases have involved multiple victims who are young boys (in cases of sexual abuse by clergy, for example), others present the archetypal incest situation, shrouded in silence and involving a single, intra­family victim.
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dc.publisher Hofstra Law Review
dc.subject Abuse-sexual
dc.subject Child development -- memory
dc.subject Courts
dc.subject Disclosure -- delayed
dc.subject Disclosure -- memory
dc.subject Law
dc.subject legal
dc.title Attorneys as Gatekeepers to the Court: The Potential Liability of Attorneys Bringing Suits Based on
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