Jeopardy in the Courtroom A SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS OF CHILDREN’S TESTIMONY

October 1995: Jeopardy in the Courtroom A SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS OF CHILDREN’S TESTIMONY by Stephen J. Ceci and Maggie Bruck is published.

I consulted the second printing, January 1996.

The word rape does not appear in the index, but the authors cover many false rape cases against the young, and real ones including the case of Russell Bishop.

Page 31: citing a 1987 study of 576 reported cases of child sexual abuse in Denver (in one year!) - 53% were classified as “indicated”, 23% as “unfounded” - there were deliberate/malicious false allegations and some that were honest mistakes, of which there are a couple of truly shocking ones in this database (William Mullins-Johnson, entry for June 27, 1993; and George Gwaze, entry for January 7, 2007).

The authors cover coaching in custody disputes and infantile amnesia, the latter, in my humble opinion, being the cause of the bulk of sexual abuse allegations made by the young and the not-so-young.


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