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Can People With Intellectual Disability Resist Implications of Fault When Police Question Their Allegations of Sexual Assault and Rape?

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posted on 01.10.2019, 11:32 by Charles Antaki, Emma Richardson, Elizabeth Stokoe, Sara Willott
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 intellectual disability (ID) defined in a variety of ways, we show how people with ID deal with the pragmatic complexity of such tendentious questions. We give examples in which the complainants detect and resist the questions' damaging implications; but we focus on occasions when the complainants do not do so. We discuss the use of tendentious questions in the light of national United Kingdom guidelines on the treatment of vulnerable witnesses.

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Citation

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2015, 53 (5), pp. 346-357

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES/School of Medicine/Department of Health Sciences

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Publisher

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

eissn

1934-9556

Acceptance date

17/06/2015

Copyright date

2015

Available date

01/10/2019

Publisher version

https://www.aaiddjournals.org/doi/10.1352/1934-9556-53.5.346

Language

en