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Maryland v. Craig
The Child Victim as Witness
Prosecutors in child sex abuse cases must often require the child victim testify at trial. Child abuse usually occurs in private and is rarely accompanied by long-lasting physical evidence. Consequently, faced with the prospect an offender cannot otherwise be prosecuted, most prosecutors will try the case using the child witness. However, given that the child may have to testify, child-advocacy groups, prosecutors, and state legislatures have agitated for measures aimed at avoiding the child having to give direct on-the-stand testimony. The most common of these are statutes authorizing the use of screens or closed-circuit television so the child will not have to see the accused or admitting the child's out-of-court statements in lieu
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