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Protection of the Child in Israeli Courts in Sex Assult Cases
By David Reifen
In 1955, a new Israeli law outlined procedures to protect "victim-witnesses" of sexual crimes who were under 15 years old. The new law required interrogations of these victim-witnesses to be conducted by a specially trained professional in healthy environments and gave these youth-interrogators authority to determine whether and how evidence supplied by victim-witnesses could be admitted into court. This procedure is meant to preserve the dignity and emotional well-being of the child as well as to provide the most reliable evidence that can be gotten from a potentially disturbed and confused witness. By 1961, the number of reports of sexual offenses had increased, and parents felt grateful for an understanding and professional approach which helps their child and them as well.
Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service
Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.
Volume/Issue: Vol. 38/No. 4
Page Number(s): 351-360
Copyright Holder: Publisher
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Reifen, David. Protection of the Child in Israeli Courts in Sex Assult Cases. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1962: 351-360. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3908
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