In the 1980’s Miami prosecutors devised a nationally-imitated method to win child molestation convictions


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In the 1980’s Miami prosecutors devised a nationally-imitated method to win child molestation convictions. The Miami prosecutors pioneered a new technique: the use of child psychologists to “tease” memories out of children.   

False allegations when interviewing children

Children are vulnerable to outside influences that lead to fabrication of testimony.[54] Their testimony can be influenced in a variety of ways. Maggie Bruck in her article published by the American Psychological Association wrote that children incorporate aspects of the interviewer’s questions into their answers in an attempt to tell the interviewer what the child believes is being sought.[55] This contention has been disputed, however.[56] Studies also show that when adults ask children questions that do not make sense (such as “Is milk bigger than water?” or “Is red heavier than yellow?”), most children will offer an answer, believing that there is an answer to be given, rather than understand the absurdity of the question.[57] Furthermore, repeated questioning of children causes them to change their answers. This is because the children perceive the repeated questioning as a sign that they did not give the “correct” answer previously.[58] Children are also especially susceptible to leading and suggestive questions.

 

About Ngozi Godwell

Your ‘Family Rights’ believing in the best interest of children. The issues which are important to me are, children and their families, the injustices to parents, which may occur, because of inadequate information, mistakes or corruption. This is happening every day. every minute and every second. For years I have campaigned for the rights of children and their voices to be heard.
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5 Responses to In the 1980’s Miami prosecutors devised a nationally-imitated method to win child molestation convictions

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  2. towardchange says:

    “most children will offer an answer, believing that there is an answer to be given, rather than understand the absurdity of the question”.

    Most children will still offer an answer even if THEY DO understand the absurdity of the question, when questioned by officials. They believe, because of constant questioning that an answer must be given.

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