The validation of alleged child sexual abuse cases: has something changed? - The methodology used in validations of supposed child sexual abuse cases is fundamental in relation to the final decisions in the court. The international and national literature codified specific procedures held necessary for the validation integrity. Method: 17 validation interviews, conducted in the 1998-2002 years, were confronted with 20 interviews, implemented in the 2003-2008 years; all were evaluated according to 9 criteria, founded upon the scientific literature. Results: in spite of the growth of the number of correct validations in last years, 2/3 of such validations aren’t methodologically adequate. Conclusions: the low quality of the examined validations underlines the importance of training programs to increase the experts competence and the judges discrimination skill between well done and incorrect validations.
Key words: child sexual abuse, validation, neurosciences, false memories.
Parole chiave: abuso sessuale sui minori, validation, neuroscienze, false memorie.