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Title: Can people with intellectual disabilities resist implications of fault when police question their allegations of sexual assault and rape?
Authors: Antaki, Charles
Stokoe, Elizabeth
Richardson, Emma
Willott, Sara
Keywords: Intellectual disability
Police
Interviews
Rape
Questions
Victims
Witnesses
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
Citation: ANTAKI, C. ... et al, 2015. Can people with intellectual disabilities resist implications of fault when police question their allegations of sexual assault and rape? Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 53(5), pp.346-357.
Abstract: When people alleging sexual assault are interviewed by police, their accounts are tested to see if they would 'stand up in court'. Some tests are in the form of tendentious questions carrying implications (e.g. that the sex was consensual) damaging to the complainant's allegation. In a qualitative analysis of 19 English police interviews with people with a variety of intellectual disabilities, we show how they deal with the pragmatic complexity of such tendentious questions. We give examples in which the complainants detect and resist the questions' damaging implications, but focus on occasions when they do not do so. We discuss the use of tendentious questions in the light of national UK guidelines on the treatment of vulnerable witnesses.
Description: This article is closed access.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1352/1934-9556-53.5.346
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18446
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1352/1934-9556-53.5.346
ISSN: 1934-9556
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Social Sciences)

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