Remembering sexual misconduct

Roger W. Shuy

in The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926961
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980505 | DOI:
Remembering sexual misconduct

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This chapter addresses the case of a sixteen-year old girl, Mary Martin, who accused her father of sexually molesting her while she was in elementary and high school. Since the acts were committed years ago, the police used three specific time markers in order to help Mary remember what happened. It also considers the possibility that Mary accused her father upon the encouragement of her mother, who was still angry with her husband about divorce. This chapter takes a look at Mary's police interview, the four confrontation calls with her father, and the interview with one of Mary's childhood friends.

Keywords: sexual molestation; father; time markers; police interview; confrontation calls; childhood friend

Chapter.  4558 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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