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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2011 Jul;20(3):519-32. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2011.03.002.

Forensic psychiatry in France: the Outreau case and false allegations of child sexual abuse.

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  • Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2012 Jan;21(1):xvii.

Abstract

During the Outreau case in France, 13 individuals were falsely accused of child sexual abuse and incarcerated. The author of this article testified as a psychiatric expert when the convictions were appealed. He explains how purposeful false statements by adults, inept expert witnesses, and the judicial assumption that children do not lie converged to create a tragic legal outcome. This article explains how psychiatric experts should conduct evaluations in cases of alleged child sexual abuse.

PMID:
21683917
DOI:
10.1016/j.chc.2011.03.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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