The perception of elder sexual abuse in the courtroom.

TitleThe perception of elder sexual abuse in the courtroom.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
JournalViolence against women
Volume15
Issue6
Pagination678-98
ISSN1077-8012
Abstract

This study explored mock juror perceptions of elder sexual mistreatment (ESM). In Experiment 1, 118 participants read a fictional criminal trial summary of an ESM case in which a 76-year-old woman was allegedly abused by either her son or a neighbor. In Experiment 2 (n = 360), the ESM occurred in either a nursing home or the elder's home and the alleged perpetrator was either her son or a nursing home worker. Conviction rates were relatively low in both experiments (25% and 33%, respectively). Women were more pro-prosecution than men in case judgments. Overall, the study provides evidence that mock jurors may question the credibility of elders in ESM cases.

URLhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1077801209332294?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3dpubmed
DOI10.1177/1077801209332294
Short TitleViolence Against Women
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