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08 January 2018

Empirical guidance on the effects of child sexual abuse on memory and complainants' evidence

The purpose of this research was to, firstly, summarise the widespread, common misconceptions about children’s memory held by police, legal and judicial professionals and jurors in relation to child sexual abuse. Secondly, it reviewed current scientific evidence on the memory of child sexual abuse; including what victims can be expected to remember, how they can be assisted to optimally remember their experiences, and how victims’ memory influences their reporting to police and the evidence they give at trial.