The role of forensic sexology and a court expert witness in the fight against sexual crimes and for public health

Review Article, Zdr Publ 2013;123(1): 76-80

DARIUSZ WOJCIECH MAZURKIEWICZ1, JANUSZ ZAŁUSKI2, JOLANTA STRZELECKA3,
WALENTYNA KONDRACIUK-WRÓBLEWSKA4, JOANNA SIEMIENKOWICZ5

1 St. Mark’s Place Institute for Mental Health, New York, USA
2 Department of Forensic Medicine, Medical University of Białystok, Poland
3 Department of Pediatric Neurology, Children’s Hospital in Warsaw, Poland
4 Military Specialist Outpatient Department, Specialist Public Health Care Unit in Białystok, Poland
5 Department of Epidemiology, Provincial Sanitary – Epidemiological Unit in Białystok, Poland

Abstract

The aim of forensic sexology as knowledge and science is to conduct research and to define standard principles of sexuality as well as to identify its deviations based on the results of a research studies of the said issue, applying and relating to the law in force. The role of an expert witness is indispensable There are instances of evidence manipulation by the party filing a sexual abuse lawsuit; however, the justice system is equipped with means to prevent it. The efficacy of the therapeutic and medical treatment of the offenders is disturbed many a time or even unfeasible due to the lacking consent on the part of the culprit and/or the lack of appropriate legal regulations. This affects the well-being of the society.

Keywords

rape, prostitution, pedophilia, paraphilia, pharmacological therapy, expert witness, criminal code, slander versus perjury, sexological examination, public health.

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