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 then becomes more difficult for the MDT to know what to do next. Often 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.
Discuss cases where it's common for a recant to occur
Learn what to do if a child recants their allegations of abuse
Learn interview techniques if a recant interview occurs