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In this commentary on "Post Hoc Reasoning in Possible Cases of Child Sexual Abuse: Symptoms of Inconclusive Origins" by T. P. Sbraga & W. O'Donohue (WPE's Abstract Page) I do not disagree with the authors' ultimate objection with the possible practice of presuming abuse based on the presence of psychological symptoms at some later point in time. However, they do not mount a compelling argument that expert witnesses are in fact doing this widely, and they tend to misapply theories or research on post-trauma sequellae as a way to bolster their arguments. The simple fact that there is no universal psychological symptom marker that could "prove" child sexual abuse is reason enough to refrain from such speculation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2003 APA, all rights reserved)Author's email address