Child sexual abuse investigations in Israel

Kathleen J. Sternberg, Michael E. Lamb, Irit Hershkowitz

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This article describes how allegations of child sexual abuse are investigated and adjudicated in Israel. Believing that children may well be harmed by repeated interrogation and demands to testify and be cross-examined, Israeli legislators enacted special provisions several decades ago to ensure that children were spared these traumas. Recent evaluations of the system they established suggest that the protections concerned may have led inadvertently to various practices, including the failure to prosecute, that have not served children well. Possible remedies and a research program related to these issues are described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-337
Number of pages16
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • General Psychology
  • Law


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    Sternberg, K. J., Lamb, M. E. & Hershkowitz, I., 1996, International perspectives on child witnesses: Psychological Research and Law. Bottoms, B. L. & Goodman, G. S. (eds.). p. 62-76 15 p.

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