Title

The Perception of Elder Sexual Abuse in the Courtroom

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2009

Abstract

This study explored mock juror perceptions of elder sexual mistreatment (ESM). In experiment 1, 118 participants read a fictional criminal trial summary of an ESM case in which a 76-year-old woman was allegedly abused by either her son or a neighbor. In experiment 2 (n = 360), the ESM occurred in either a nursing home or the elder’s home and the alleged perpetrator was either her son or a nursing home worker. Conviction rates were relatively low in both experiments (25% and 33%, respectively). Women were more pro-prosecution than men in case judgments. Overall, the study provides evidence that mock jurors may question the credibility of elders in ESM cases.

Journal

Violence Against Women

Journal ISSN

1552-8448

Volume

15

Issue

6

First Page

678

Last Page

698

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1177/1077801209332294