Archive for March, 2012

Should expert testimony about childhood sexual abuse be permitted in Pennsylvania?

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Is it a matter of common sense that a child who has been sexually abused may delay reporting for weeks, months or even years? Is it a matter of common sense that victims of childhood sexual abuse may provide different details over time, and may even recant altogether? Or would expert testimony on these subjects be helpful to a jury? Even if such testimony would be helpful, would it be equivalent to telling the jury that the alleged victim is credible? These questions have arisen in connection with a controversy over expert psychological testimony in Pennsylvania. (more…)