Research – Dutch Public Prosecutioner’s Office Study – Child sexual abuse allegations in divorce cases proved to be unjustified in 95% of cases (November 2008)
New study by the Expertgroup on Special Categories of Sexual Misconduct Cases with the Dutch Public Prosecution Office showed :: ‘Child abuse allegations in divorce cases are usually wrong in 95% of cases’
Allegations of child sexual abuse during and after a bitter divorce are usually unjustified. This is clear from the latest Dutch report “Abuse, Deception and Misunderstanding”, which was presented to a seminar of experts this month by the Dutch Public Prosecution Office. The report was prepared by the Dutch National Expertise Group on Special Cases of Sexual Misconduct with the Dutch Public Prosecution Office, which re-assessed complex, dubious police case records.
In the expertise group specialists from four disciplines worked together. They have studied criminal records of 42 cases of sexual misconduct that began after a divorce and on the basis of their conclusions they have drawn conclusions and offered advice to public prosecutors handling these cases. In 95 percent of these cases the experts called for the abandonment of the prosecution.
In these cases there was insufficient evidence of abuse and the expert group noted contradictions, inaccuracies, or impossibilities and serious shortcomings. Often there was no abuse but instead there were misunderstandings that went out of hand. Parents responded to ‘remarkable’ behavior that they wrongly interpreted as a signal of abuse. Alternative explanations were overseen by them.
- For further information on this study by the Dutch Public Prosecutioner’s Office see an English Machine translation of the Dutch Father Knowledge Centre Resources website on this topic here: Vaderkenniscentrum VKC: Nr. 203.
- Dutch language link leading you to the original Dutch summary information on this topic with the Vaderkenniscentrum.
- Download of the full Dutch language Research Report “Abuse, Deception and Misunderstanding” by the Expertise Group on Special Sexual Misconductcases with the Dutch Public Prosecution Office (OM); By mr. drs. N.M. Nierop and mr. drs. P. van den Eshof; Netherlands, November 2008 – (2 Mb)|pdf-file
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