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The difficult issue of age assessment on pedo-pornographic material.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19019589     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The issue of juvenile pornography has seen an increase in the past few years of the number of expert opinions requested to forensic pathologists, paediatricians and other various experts within the forensic and medical fields concerning the age of represented individuals. Regardless of the entity of the problem, no actual method exists which can allow us to give an objective and scientific answer, particularly in the postpubertal stage. Using parameters related to sexual maturation can be very dangerous. Nonetheless some experts still insist with similar types of "expertises". This study aims at verifying the ability of different experts in assessing age of postpubertal individuals represented in pornographic material. Results underline the difficulties and major uncertainties of age evaluation by visual observation of photographic material particularly when the subjects have reached the sexual maturation stage - and therefore in verifying whether the individual is above or below 18 years of age (an important age limit for most European countries as far as this type of crime is concerned). Furthermore the study stresses the need both to search for an alternate approach and to apply extreme caution in judicial evaluation.
Cristina Cattaneo; Stefanie Ritz-Timme; Peter Gabriel; Daniele Gibelli; Elena Giudici; Pasquale Poppa; Doerte Nohrden; Sabine Assmann; Roland Schmitt; Marco Grandi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-11-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  183     ISSN:  1872-6283     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci. Int.     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-12     Completed Date:  2009-05-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e21-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Labanof, Laboratorio di Antropologia ed Odontologia Forense, Istituto di Medicina Legale e delle Assicurazioni di Milano - V. Mangiagalli 37 - Università degli Studi di Milano, 20133 Milano, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors*
Breast / anatomy & histology
Case-Control Studies
Face / anatomy & histology
Forensic Medicine*
Professional Competence
Reproducibility of Results

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