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Protection of sexually abused children in the criminal investigation process and its improvement

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Frame of Image and prosecution together with legal and institutional obstacles subject abused children to a secondary victimization (Han In-seop, 1994; Jang Pil-hwa et al., 2003). Sexually assaulted children tend to suffer more severe physical and psychological damage than do adult victims and experience greater difficulties in reporting the incident. The long and complicated process of investigation at times obscures the child’s memory of the event and extends the psychological agony of the victimized child and family (Ceci and Bruck, 1993; Howe, Courage, and Bryant-Brown, 1993; Chi and Ceci, 1987; Loftus, Miller, and Burns, 1978). Investigations which fail to take into account the unique circumstances of children may gravely infringe upon the human rights of the victim and in some cases may even jeopardize the reliability of the child’s statements. The Act on the Punishment of Sexual Crimes and Protection of Victims Thereof (Confidentiality of the identity and privacy of the victim (Article 21), Designation of exclusive investigators for victims of sexual assault (Clause 2 of Article 21), Video recording et al (Clause 3 of Article 21), Closed court hearing (Article 22), Expert consultation (Clause 2 of Article 22), Accompaniment by one that the victim trusts (Clause 3 of Article 22), Collecting statements from the witness through a relay device such as video (Clause 4 of Article 22), Special request for preservation of evidence (Clause 6 of Article 22)) have been enacted or amended in ord


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Title Protection of sexually abused children in the criminal investigation process and its improvement
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Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Yoon, Deuk Kyeong

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[Seoul]:The Korean Women's Development Institute

Date 2010
Journal Title; Vol./Issue GSPR:vol. 3
Pages 12
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Social Welfare
Holding KWDI; KDI School

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