Children's Allegations of Sexual Abuse: Forensic and Scientific Issues: A Reply to Commentators

Stephen J. Ceci, Maggie Bruck, Robert Rosenthal

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Abstract

In this rebuttal, the authors summarize and reply to many of the comments made about the amicus brief. In Section I, they address issues that are commonly raised by "pro-child" advocates in their attacks on the scientific data regarding children's suggestibility. In Section II, they consider issues related to the proper scope of an amicus brief. In the third section, they focus on the concepts of reliability, credibility, and competence and argue that only reliability was an issue in Michaels. In Section IV, they consider some of the procedures involved in taint hearings. The final section, the broadest in scope, covers some legal, forensic, and scientific developments that have occurred since Michaels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)494-520
Number of pages27
JournalPsychology, Public Policy, and Law
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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