May 12, 2010
Posted: 06:59 PM ET
By Anne Lee
“Tonya Craft, Former Georgia Teacher, Acquitted of Molestation Charges”
The headlines read the same for most networks and cable news. But what is not being said is that verified research (see below) indicates that the vast majority of children who disclose sexual abuse are telling the truth. Adults need to listen, believe and take action on behalf of all children who tell of being sexually violated. When there are false accusations it most frequently occurs in and around a contested or heated custody battle. But here’s the real headline – Child Sexual Abuse does not have to happen! We can stop it in real time…. When adults are trained how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the issue – the reality of sexual abuse – we create a totally different outcome. Imagine if the adults in this story knew common sense proactive ways to keep their children safe – we wouldn’t be blogging about this. But we have to get trained, organized and create a shift in our culture. We have to acknowledge that we are experiencing an endemic and we’re passively condoning it but not preventing it. In fact as a nation of taxpayers we spend over $35B annually for the long term cost of child sexual abuse. 60% of first time teen pregnancies are preceded by sexual abuse, eating disorders, alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, suicide – the list of the fall out from sexual abuse is long and nasty. But still….we are not seeing the movement of prevention take off the way it should. Unlike other issues and diseases where we need to raise hundreds of millions and billions of dollars to go into a laboratory and one day find a cure – the cure, the end of sexual abuse is right in front of us. It’s on every street corner, in homes and conference rooms all across our country – responsible adults saying no more; I’m going to get trained, I’m going to insist that the youth serving organizations my child attends do child sexual abuse prevention training. Let’s get going! Let’s end the tragedy of child sexual abuse for all of us. Go to DARKNESS TO LIGHT to do your part to end the insanity.
The Truth About False Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse
Research has found that that children rarely make up false allegations of their own accord. (18)(19)(20) One study determined that children only fabricate ½% of the time.
Most false allegations originate with an adult bringing the accusations on behalf of a child, primarily in the context of divorce and child-custody battles.
Multiple studies of child abuse allegations suggest that the overall rate of false accusation by both adults and children is under 10%. A 1992 meta-analysis suggests that false allegations represent between two and ten percent of all allegations.
It has been shown that children will make false allegations if coercively questioned by individuals who believe abuse has occurred and refuse to accept children's statements that they were not abused. This type of questioning was common practice during the satanic ritual abuse moral panic of the early 1980’s.
Professional questioning methods have evolved. Many children are interviewed at Children’s Advocacy Centers, which typically employ specially-trained and objective forensic interviewers.
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