The impact of delayed reporting on the prosecution and outcomes of child sexual abuse cases

Judy Cashmore, Alan Taylor, Rita Shackel, Patrick Parkinson

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Abstract

This report examines how the criminal justice systems in New South Wales and South Australia deal with complaints of child sexual abuse reported to the police in childhood compared with those in which the report is delayed until adulthood, which is often referred to as historical child sexual abuse. The research investigates the trends in delayed disclosure and reporting of child sexual abuse, and maps the prosecution process and outcomes associated with varying degrees of delay in reporting to the police, together with other case characteristics such as the age of the complainant victim, and the relationship between the complainant and the alleged offender.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherRoyal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Commissioning bodyRoyal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Number of pages309
ISBN (Print)9781925289732
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes

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