Ohio v. Clark: Protecting Children Against Childhood Sexual Abuse



Published in conjunction as a chapter in the American Bar Association’s State of Criminal Justice 2017 Book,  NCCASP’s chapter (chapter 15) explores how the U.S. Supreme Court  Case of Ohio v. Clark can swing the pendulum back towards justice for victims of childhood sexual abuse.

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“In the least, Ohio v. Clark overrules the reasoning in Bordeaux and the similar line of cases where the statements of a very young child was found to have been testimonial statements. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to address the question of whether statements made by young children during forensic interviews are testimonial, the reasoning in Clark was similar to Arroyo and suggests such statements may be nontestimonial.”

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