An allegation of child sexual abuse can be made by virtually anyone for varied and complex reasons and include cases of actual abuse and cases, where no actual abuse has occurred. Similarly, recantations or retractions of that allegation can be made by anyone including the person who made the allegation or by someone else on their behalf, with or without their knowledge. Like allegations, recantations occur for varied and complex reasons and do not always signal a false report as may be believed. This chapter examines recantations and retractions and provides a distillation of the literature regarding the motivations for withdrawing an allegation after an initial complaint is made. This will include false reporting but also includes mistaken belief, the solicitations of others, and fear of reprisals.
|Title of host publication||Child Sexual Abuse|
|Subtitle of host publication||Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact, and Management|
|Editors||India Bryce, Wayne Petherick|
|Place of Publication||San Diego, CA|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
Petherick, W. A. (2020). Recantations and Retractions in Child Sexual Abuse. In I. Bryce, & W. Petherick (Eds.), Child Sexual Abuse: Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact, and Management (pp. 435-444). Academic Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-819434-8.00021-0