Bilingual Forensic Interviewer Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
Investigating cases of children and teenagers who have been sexually victimized can be challenging, but it can be especially challenging when the child later recants their initial allegations. Many professionals in the field become concerned about the credibility of both the child and the case once this occurs and it becomes difficult for the MDT to know what to do next. Many times, cases are not pursued, and children are left in situations that put them at risk for re-victimization. This presentation will discuss recantation and its place in the normal process of disclosure, how to investigate a recant and when and how to interview a child who has recanted. A case study with excerpts from forensic interviews will be used to assist in meeting learning objectives.
Participants will have a better understanding of the disclosure process and how recantation fits can sometimes be a normal part of this process.
Participants will learn about blocks to disclosure that can exist as a result of the victim dynamics and offender grooming and manipulation tactics.
Participants will leave with very specific examples of techniques that can be used when interviewing these victims