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Reliability of Children's Claims of Molestation

How is the reliability of children's statements determined?

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Key point: Some courts have listed factors to consider in evaluating the reliability of a child's accusation of molestation. These factors may be helpful to churches in evaluating allegations of molestation.

• A Georgia appeals court listed several factors to consider in evaluating the reliability of a child's claim that he was molested. The factors may be useful to churches in evaluating similar claims. Here they are: (1) the atmosphere and circumstances under which the statement was made (including the time, the place, and the people present); (2) the spontaneity of the child's statement to the persons present; (3) the child's age; (4) the child's general demeanor; (5) the child's condition (physical or emotional); (6) the presence or absence of threats or promise of benefits; (7) the presence or absence of drugs or alcohol; (8) the child's general credibility; (9) the presence ...

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  • November 1, 1994

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