The Credibility of Children’s Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Kathleen M. Quinn

1988: The Credibility of Children’s Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Kathleen M. Quinn is published.

This is a very interesting though flawed article that covers both false and true allegations of sexual abuse, anonymised as usual. Although it does not mention rape, the word penetration is used, which is as good as when dealing with preschoolers.

The main problem with the article is that the author vastly underestimates the true incidence of false allegations of child sexual abuse, be they mendacious or sincerely mistaken. But:

“Large-scale investigations resulting in mass disclosures of sexual abuse are susceptible to a copycat or mass hysteria phenomenon that may yield false reports. For example, investigations of a residential school for children and developmental centers for the retarded yielded many actual cases of abuse resulting in criminal convictions. However, investigators noted a trend that late-arising complaints were more likely to be assessed as unsubstantiated or false.”


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