Present child abuse hysteria
We strongly believe that disregard for the intent behind existing child
abuse laws has put us in our current situation. The present child abuse hysteria has reincarnated the ignorance of the Salem
Witch Hunts. The system emotionally abuses and financially drains the alleged child abuser and family during the fight to
prove innocence. If you manage to survive within the system of "justice," as presently constituted, the best you can ever
expect is a finding of "unsubstantiated." You are, and always will be, a potential child abuser in the eyes of the government.
You are not alone! There are over 3,000,000 accusations of child abuse in an average year, and of those, over 70%
The present laws are vague
addition to the intent of the child abuse laws being lost, many of these laws are written so vaguely that they are easily
misinterpreted or are intentionally used to advance the philosophies of those implementing the laws.
Lack of due process
Because of the sensitive
and innovative nature of these laws, individual due process rights (such as speedy trial, right to face accuser, trial by
jury, etc...) are not being accorded the importance they deserve. As a result, laws that are set up to protect the individual
and the family are being used to tear families apart and to sever traditionally recognized family bonds.
Immediate presumption of guilt
one has been "hot-lined," regardless of how believable or ludicrous the accusation may seem, there is automatically a presumption
of guilt. The only crime more heinous than the intentional abuse of a child is to be unjustly accused and branded
for life as a child abuser. There is no other crime prosecuted with such malicious disregard for both the accused and the
alleged child victim's constitutional and civil rights.
Unethical investigative techniques
the interest of convicting an accused child abuser, ethical investigative techniques are set aside. Information to corroborate
the allegation takes precedence over the gathering of factual information. Child protection workers, investigators, prosecutors,
and law enforcement officers have allowed themselves to be judge and jury, without a trial. Custodial parents and other
individuals are often instructed to repeatedly interrogate the alleged victim about the alleged incident.
Opinion in lieu of fact
protection officials and county-hired mental
health professionals are presently at liberty to inject into both written and oral reports their "personal
opinions" of an event. These "opinions" are then presented and accepted as a basis for fact in legal proceedings.
Removal of children from families
abrupt and often unnecessary removal of children is traumatic. It destroys a child's trust in the parents as protectors
and leaves tremendous emotional scars.
Effects on families under investigation
stigma of child abuse allegations creates feelings of fear and shame and introduces other negative factors into parenting
techniques leading to problems in exhibiting parental affection and problems in discipline.
Dependency resulting from county intervention
When charges of abuse/neglect are dropped, often the county then files charges claiming dysfunction
- a dysfunction that its own intervention created.