Protection of the Child in Israeli Courts in Sex Assult Cases

By David Reifen

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Summer 1962

In 1955, a new Israeli law outlined procedures to protect "victim-witnesses" of sexual crimes who were under 15 years old. The new law required interrogations of these victim-witnesses to be conducted by a specially trained professional in healthy environments and gave these youth-interrogators authority to determine whether and how evidence supplied by victim-witnesses could be admitted into court. This procedure is meant to preserve the dignity and emotional well-being of the child as well as to provide the most reliable evidence that can be gotten from a potentially disturbed and confused witness. By 1961, the number of reports of sexual offenses had increased, and parents felt grateful for an understanding and professional approach which helps their child and them as well.

Topic: Youth, Justice, Crime, Health and Healing

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 38/No. 4

Page Number(s): 351-360

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Reifen, David. Protection of the Child in Israeli Courts in Sex Assult Cases. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1962: 351-360.


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