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Credible : why we doubt accusers and protect abusers / Deborah Tuerkheimer.


"Sexual misconduct accusations spark competing claims: her word against his. How do we decide who is telling the truth? The answer comes down to credibility. But as this book reveals, invisible forces warp the credibility judgments of even the well-intentioned among us. We are all shaped by a set of false assumptions and hidden biases embedded in our culture, our legal system, and our psyches. The #MeToo movement has exposed how victims have been badly served by a system that is designed not to protect them, but instead to protect the status quo"--Publisher's description.

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  • ISBN: 9780063002746
  • ISBN: 0063002744
  • Physical Description: x, 309 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-295) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Along axes of power: workings of the credibility complex -- Of perfect victims and monster abusers: how myths distort our credibility judgments -- Whose truth?: how victims are distrusted -- Blame-shifting: how victims are faulted -- The care gap: how victims are disregarded -- "Even worse": why the credibility complex harms victims -- Beyond belief: when survivors matter.
Subject: Sex crimes > Investigation > United States.
Sexual abuse victims > Legal status, laws, etc. > United States.
Criminal justice, Administration of > United States.
Truthfulness and falsehood > Psychological aspects.
LAW / Gender & the Law.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies.
SELF-HELP / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Criminal justice, Administration of.
Sex crimes > Investigation.
Sexual abuse victims.
Truthfulness and falsehood > Psychological aspects.

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