Abuse survivor Sarah Kelly
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Giving abuse evidence in court 'incredibly traumatic'

An abuse victim has welcomed plans to protect the youngest and most vulnerable victims of crime from the trauma of appearing in court.

The plans, being piloted for use in England and Wales, will mean witnesses can be questioned on video by defence barristers before cases are in court.

It comes amid concerns that some child victims have been treated with hostility in sexual abuse trials.

Sarah Kelly, who gave evidence in court as an 18-year-old and now supports other victims, told BBC Breakfast her experience of being a witness increased her trauma.

  • 11 Jun 2013
  • From the section UK
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