High conviction rates are seen in child abuse cases

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 17 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:386

Criminal justice proceedings in child sex abuse cases can have positive outcomes if cases that reach the courts are chosen carefully and the prosecution charges are modified, according to the results of a study.

Researchers from a specialist paediatric unit in Newcastle studied the outcome of allegations of sexual abuse made by 160 children over a two year period. The results, reported in Archives of Disease in Childhood (1996;75:1-4), show that 57 cases led to prosecution and 86% of those to a …

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