The Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative, led by Linda Williams, Ph.D., concluded a federally-funded study that investigated challenges to the prosecution of child sexual abuse. Their final report looked at the characteristics of cases that do and do not continue forward to a trial in the criminal justice system. The researchers found that less than 10 percent of the cases resulted in a conviction or guilty plea.
Citation: Block, S.D. & Williams, L.M. (2019) The Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse: A Partnership To Improve Outcome. Final Technical Report. NCJRS #252768. Washington, DC: U. S. Department of Justice.