Patton 2005 Victims

Title Information

Author: William Wesley Patton

Title: Revictimizing Child Abuse Victims

Subtitle: An Empirical Rebuttal to the Open Juvenile Dependency Court Reform Movement

Journal: Suffolk University Law Review

Volume: 38

Issue: 2

Year: 2005

Pages: 303-350

ISSN: 0039-4696 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Prosecution: Laws

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Author: William W. Patton, Law School, Whittier College


  I. Introduction (p. 303)
  II. A Short History of Juvenile Court Reform Movements (p. 305)
  III. The National Center for State Courts Evaluation of the Minnesota Open Hearings and Court Records Project (p. 309)
    A. Short and Long-Term Psychological Harm to Child Abuse Victims Thrust Into Public Exposure (p. 310)
      1. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (p. 312)
      2. Developmental Victimology (p. 313)
      3. Surveys Results of Pediatric Psychiatrists' Opinions About Opening Dependency Proceedings (p. 317)
    B. The Role of the Press as Public Educator and Watchdog (p. 318)
      1. The Open Dependency Court Reform Movement Vision of Media (p. 319)
      2. Empirical Evidence of the Media's Coverage of Abused Children and Systematic Dependency Court Problems and Improvements (p. 320)
        a. Lower Caseloads and Improved Fact Finding (p. 321)
        b. The Reality of the Media's Coverage of Dependency Court (p. 322)
      3. The Media's Protection of Child Victims and the Publication of Embarrassing Private Facts Concerning the Abused Child (p. 323)
    C. The Effect of Open Proceedings on Public Attitudes (p. 329)
    D. The Impact of Open Courts on System Accountability (p. 330)
    E. The Treatment fo Child Victims in Criminal Law Proceedings (p. 331)
    F. The Cost and Difficulty of Closing Presumptively Open Hearings (p. 334)
      1. The Initial Detention Hearing (p. 336)
  IV. The Arizona Open Court Experiment (p. 340)
  IV. Conclusion (p. 347)

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