Alleged Child Sex Assault Victim to Testify in Michigan

Social worker explains why testifying in court could compound the 6-year-old's trauma.
3:00 | 03/11/14

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There is many many strange people there's a judge up on -- -- It's an extremely intense. And strange environment. And you're talking about something that is so important. -- Christiansen says it can be nerve racking even for adults. Testifying. On the witness stand. To do that to a child. I think we could really compound. The trauma they've already experienced. Early last fall a six year old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted. While on a boat at this -- she will have to face the man she says hurt her. When the case goes to trial next week. They -- -- will have to relives the incident as she tell that to everyone in the court room. To have to testify. In the presence of the person that did them harm. In itself would be terrifying the child is going to sense that weight the child is gonna be aware of the tremendous pressure that's on her. This expert has worked with kids for decades and she says any -- -- have to take the witness stand -- need a lot of support him before. And after. Sometimes for people to face the person that hurt them. It can be empowering. But a child doesn't yet have the full comprehension. Of what it is has happened to her and a child doesn't really have -- -- comprehension. Of what the long term consequences are going to be.

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