Tailoring Forensic Interviews to Developmental Level of Verbal Ability in Victims of Child Sexual Assault
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Performing legally sound forensic interviews is an integral part of any court case. However, the same methods used for adults are not effective for children, and in order to obtain a testimony that will be admissible as evidence specially trained professionals are required. This thesis describes the proper methodology of a child forensic interview for children who are possible victims of child sexual assault in terms of differing levels of verbal ability, language barriers, and cultural considerations in interview settings. It also discusses the role of Children's Advocacy Centers in seeking justice for victims and their families, and the various professionals who take part in these cases. Experiences from a summer internship are discussed in the context of information presented.