Sexual assault complainants on the stand: a historical comparison of courtroom questioning

@inproceedings{Westera2017SexualAC,
  title={Sexual assault complainants on the stand: a historical comparison of courtroom questioning},
  author={Nina J. Westera and Sarah Zydervelt and Andy Kaladelfos and Rachel Zajac},
  year={2017}
}
ABSTRACTBecause most cases of alleged sexual assault involve few sources of evidence, the complainant’s testimony is crucial. In line with empirical research findings, the way in which police question sexual assault complainants has evolved to ultimately maximise both the completeness and accuracy of evidence. But has courtroom questioning changed over time? To answer this question, we compared the courtroom questioning of sexual assault complainants in the 1950s to that used in cases from the… CONTINUE READING