Limitations with Expert Testimony on the Concept of Grooming in Child Sexual Abuse

Limitations with Expert Testimony on the Concept of Grooming in Child Sexual Abuse

The concept of grooming is often raised in trials involving allegations of child sexual abuse. While the term broadly refers to manipulating children and their environment, it lacks an agreed upon definition (Craven, Brown & Gilchrist, 2006). One review (Bennett & O’Donohue 2014) identified 12 studies that each used its own definition of grooming.

How do children talk about the events they experience?

How do children talk about the events they experience?

Over the past three decades dozens of research studies have identified the optimal forensic interview techniques to use when questioning children about allegations of physical and sexual abuse. These studies have culminated in a set of best-practices which, if carefully followed, can assist children to provide reliable narrative accounts of their experiences.