Dean Tong, MSc., is an expert in child victim hearsay. The real reason this web site exists and is necessary can be best described by some of the lyrics from this 1965 song by The Animals – “Cause I’m just a soul whose intentions are good…Oh Lord…Please don’t let me be misunderstood.” Me, of course, refers to our well-meaning, well-intentioned, but sometimes misguided child protective investigators. And I am humbled to now say that my work has been acknowledged and recognized online at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Tong.
“An Injustice To One Man, Woman or Child Threatens Justice To All People Equally”. – Dean Tong, Author/Forensic Consultant
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“You know there’s a lot of mothers going through this stuff (loss of child custody) so we’re gonna put your information at our web site.” – Dr. Phil September 2004
Dean, You have been selected as a recipient of The GroundReport August 2012 Recognition Award for your article: “In Its Wake, Sandusky Sex Scandal Will Generate More Victims” (Click Here)
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Becoming a forensic trial consultant was not Mr. Tong’s first career choice. In-fact it was more a matter of survival. Over thirty-years ago during…
THIS PAGE DEDICATED TO: false abuse allegations as well as false allegations of child sexual abuse.
Dean Tong is now offering his consultative or expert witness services for all Indigency (Insolvency or In Forma Pauperis) Juvenile – Dependency and/or Criminal Child Sex Cases at a 50% discounted retainer fee rate. If you face false abuse allegations or false allegations of child sexual abuse, please call Mr. Tong at 813.417.5362 for more information about his services. Why you should ask the court to appoint a Trial Consultant to assist defense counsel/client? Indigency rules in Florida have changed recently but your private attorney or public defender can request Mr. Tong’s fees be paid by the Justice Administrative Commission (JAC)
ABUSE-EXCUSE.COM provides resource information and more to parents and others confronted with false abuse allegations, false accusations of child abuse, false allegations of child sexual abuse, physical child abuse (including Shaken Baby Syndrome), child neglect, false allegations of sexual abuse, child pornography via the Internet, “repressed” memories, sexual harassment, or domestic violence (spousal abuse). We aim to help the falsely and wrongly accused to articulate scientific facts to child protection investigators, teachers, attorneys and judges, urging them to exercise caution in their “rush to judge” abuse calls. About 2/3 of all child abuse reports turn out to be unfounded, as errors or mistakes in professional judgment. In addition, we can analyze your case relative to prospective Parental Alienation or Parental Alienation Syndrome, false allegations of Parental Alienation Syndrome, Stockholm Syndrome, Borderline Personality Disorder, and/or a prospective lawsuit. Author and expert Dean Tong brings a unique and necessary combination of personal (wrongly arrested, decades apart, for child sexual abuse and domestic violence) and professional experience over 25 years that will greatly assist you and your attorneys in clearing your good name. Please check on Mr. Tong’s CV: Not only are children victims of real abuse, but also of the parental alienation or SAID syndromes, where the abuse-excuse is used as a tactic or bargaining chip by one parent seeking divorce and/or child custody. Studies indicate that malicious false child abuse allegations made in bad faith occur ~ 2% – 5% of the time. Many of the same, according to Ira Turkat, Ph.D., occur globally and as a result of Divorce-Related *Malicious Moms* Syndrome: Please understand that in any case of he said – she said – and what a child said, the child’s outcry or out-of-court statement of alleged abuse is deemed res gestae evidence In other words, the child’s abuse disclosure is legally admissible as an exception to the Hearsay Rule and comes into evidence on the record in court. That said, children can give salient details of actual molestation as young as 3 & 1/2. Also, there are a plethora of reasons why kids say what they do and oftentimes their allegations are not inherently reliable or trustworthy and they are mistaken. Here, defense counsel should strongly consider retaining an expert in cognitive child developmental psychology (suggestibility and memory) to critique the child’s abuse disclosure and overall case forensics. Florida’s delayed discovery doctrine generally provides that a cause of action does not accrue, for statute of limitations purposes, until the plaintiff (complainant) knows or reasonably should know of the conduct giving rise to the cause of action (Hearndon v. Graham, 767 So. 2d 1179, 1184 (Fla. 2000)). The Florida Supreme Court held that the Delayed Discovery Doctrine applies to traumatic amnesia and repressed memory cases which means in cases of alleged sexual abuse, the statute of limitations doesn’t begin until the alleged victim is first aware that the abuse occurred. Of significance, the Florida First (1st) District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee in 2010 reversed and remanded a conviction for a man charged with lewd and lascivious child molestation on a victim less than twelve years old. In doing so, the majority opinion ruled accordingly because the trial court disallowed a suggestibility/memory expert to testify for the defense at their case-in-chief. The majority court cited Tingle v. State, 536 So.2d 202, 205 (Fla. 1988) and in doing so quoted United States v. Azure, 801 F.2d 336, 340 (8th Cir. 1986), stating that “expert testimony may be helpful,” and “an expert may aid a jury in assessing the veracity of a victim of child sexual abuse without usurping their exclusive function by generally testifying about a child’s ability to separate truth from fantasy.” Please read about this important decision – On July 1, 2013 the Florida legislature amended Florida Statute 90.702 and the century-old Frye standard pertaining to expert witness testimony admissibility and changed it to the Daubert standard to mirror Federal Rule of Evidence 702. Please read about this compelling change in Florida law here and this especially applies to attorneys and experts – Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.390 now allows family law and/or juvenile dependency courts to find Dean Tong as a skilled or expert witness.
And, as a court-appointed expert witness as Mr. Tong has been in some cases, especially in criminal and juvenile dependency cases where the client is indigent or insolvent (in forma pauperis), attorneys representing same clients should be aware of Federal Rule of Evidence 706. Recent research indicates that most unfounded claims of sexual child abuse are fostered by “mistaken” accusers. Hickman & Reynolds in their paper entitled “Effects of False Allegations of Sexual Abuse on Children and Families,” believe delusional accusers, usually mothers, may suffer from a mental health condition such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and they will shop for an expert to confirm their child has been abused, and will not take NO for an answer! Same accusers use the psychological phenomena of projection and transferance to convince the “abused” child … Daddy touched you in bad places! There exists recently published guidelines for treating victims of sexual and physical child abuse. Funded by the U.S. Dept. of Justice and Office for Victims of Crime, the findings strongly suggest that all therapeutic protocols be empirically supported: Dr. Charles Ford, a psychiatrist and author of the book Lies, Lies, Lies: The Psychology of Deceit (American Psychiatric Press, 1999) refers to a phenomenon known as “Pseudologia Fantastica,” or pathological lying. Sometimes associated with Borderline Personality Disorder and a symptom of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy or Factitious Disorder, these fantastic liars, who are not the same as delusional psychotics, according to Dr. Ford, about 1/3 of the time will suffer some form of brain dysfunction. He says that “Such liars are often smooth-talking narcissists, so self-centered they often think they can construct a reality. In many instances, the lying gets worse as the liar gets more power.” Please In cases where a delusional or false accuser cannot be properly diagnosed and/or treated, it is possible now to conduct a Brain SPECT Imaging Scan of the same. In some instances, SPECT scanning has been deemed more reliable than the PET scan, MRI, or EEG: Recent studies conducted by Ceci, Bruck, McBrien, and Dagenbach have shed light on two highly probable reasons for the vast number of unfounded and erroneous child abuse reports; i.e. confirmatory bias (whereby social services and the authorities have a pre-conceived notion the abuse already occurred when they undertake an investigation) and source misattributions (whereby the children and *professionals* misattribute the source or origin of the so-called abuse) are necessities your defense suggestibility expert must learn about! Call 1-800-374-2721 to order the Ceci/Bruck bible – Jeopardy In The Courtroom. In addition, Dr. Ceci, et al, have developed a new test to determine the extent, or lack thereof, of suggestibility and memory recall relative to individual differences in children at least the age of four and one-half. Called the VSSC (Video Suggestibility Scale for Children), it could be an important tool for child protection workers, psychologists, and attorneys, especially in cases where kids change their stories. Here is the professional journal article on the VSSC: In 2003, as reported here, based on ~2.9 million reports of child abuse and neglect, 57.7% of the same were determined to be unsubstantiated. In 2004,as reported here more than one-half (60.7%) of investigations or assessments led to a finding that the alleged child maltreatment was unsubstantiated. These are official government statistics as reported by the states. Some forms of child maltreatment decreased again from 2004 to 2005, adding to over a decade’s worth of declines, according to data released April 2, 2007 from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Rates of substantiated sexual abuse dropped by 2% in 2005 compared to the previous year, capping a 51% total decline since 1991. Rates of physical abuse declined by 5% from 2004 to 2005, making for a total 46% reduction since a peak 1992. Greater than 60% of all child abuse investigations dispositions for the year 2005 were unsubstantiated – In data just released by NCANDS for 2006 and a 15 year study published by expert Dr. David Finkelho, the incidence of child sexual abuse has abated by 53% and physical child abuse has decreased by 48%: According to a recently published study by the Department of Justice and conducted by Dr. David Finkelhor from the National Crimes Against Children Laboratory in Durham, New Hampshire, the incidence of sexual child abuse declined 40% between 1992 and 2000. To read about it, please,
Fourth National Incidence Study Shows Declines in Child Abuse.
The ACF Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE) recently released the Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect. The NIS-4 includes national data on child maltreatment from 2005 and 2006. Compared to NIS-3 data, results show decreases in all categories of child abuse, including physical and sexual abuse. An increase was found in emotional neglect, however, which may be partially related to agencies’ increased focus on domestic violence and substance abuse, which are involved in certain types of emotional neglect. In collecting national statistics on child maltreatment, NIS includes not only children whose victimization was substantiated by child protective services (CPS) workers, but also children whose victimization was not reported to CPS or was not substantiated by CPS but was recognized by community professionals (“sentinels”).The goal is to estimate more broadly the incidence of child maltreatment in the United States, as well as to collect demographic information on children and their families. NIS studies are conducted approximately every decade in fulfillment of requirements in the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. Susan Smith and the Menendez Brothers used the “cry wolf” defense mechanism, too, in their attempts to evade punishment for their wrongdoings. Here, employers of the abuse-excuse, will not assume culpability for their own actions. They, too, may suffer from BPD, or some other mental health disorder!
WE DO NOT EXCUSE:
Those malcontents who commit unspeakable acts and prey upon our children
Those vindictive grudge bearers who wield children as “pawns and puppets” in bitter divorce and custody battles.
They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by law!
The very solution has become the problem!
Lacking the necessary education and training skills to conduct objective and competent child protective “investigations,” intake workers at social service agencies remove non-abused children from their homes frequently; and in doing so, leave truly abused children in jeopardy. Combine this equation with a mental health industry that is rendering unnecessary clinical therapies for alleged repressed memories, and you have a prescription for disaster. To exacerbate matters, our triers-of-facts, our courts, our rubber stamping error-rich recommendations from guardians-ad-litem, social services, child protection teams, and therapists… forcing non-abused children into foster care homes while allowing kids in harm’s way to die (at the hands of the state).
The end result:
The JonBenet Ramsay, Megan Kanka and Polly Klauss-type cases have caused a backlash. These horrific stories of children raped and/or murdered have accentuated the number of child abuse reports.
160,000 reports of suspected child abuse were reported in 1963. That number exploded to 1.7 million in 1985.
And a report disseminated by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) Child Maltreatment 1995: Reports From the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, depicts more than three million reports of alleged child abuse and neglect that year. However, two million of those complaints were without foundation or false!
In addition, our child protection laws, such as The Mondale Act and Megan’s Law, have instigated and invited scores of anonymous and unfounded reports of abuse to be made. Anonymous reporting of child abuse is an open invitation for governmental intrusion into American homes. This *parens patriae* mindset has spawned such child *advocate* leaders as Dr. C. Henry Kempe to champion government authorized visitations (totalitarianism) resulting in family *support* workers teaching parents, parenting! Click on *Beware The Child Protectors* and read about it, here! A recently published abstract authored by experts at the Mayo Clinic sheds light on the difference between childrens’ sexual behavior and child sexual abuse. The study shows with unwavering certainty that many children are sexually curious and the same need *not* be construed as *consistent with sexual abuse* False allegations of sexual abuse or of child abuse demand immediate attention. If you’ve been accused of a sex crime unjustly, you must fight back with a vengeance to survive. The Tong’s Tips and Referrals and Resources are a great place to start if you have been falsely accused.
Whether you’ve been accused of sexual child abuse, physical child abuse, domestic violence, or sexual harassment, you should consider following Tong’s 2-Prong Test:
You must impeach the credibility of your false accusers.
“We will not win the war against child abuse until we first win the battle against false accusations”.
~ Dean Tong, Author/Forensic Consultant
When attempting to litigate your case in court, in hopes of obtaining equity-at-law, please remember the five vowels of the alphabet:
A – Analyze (The facts, data, science, testimony, and evidence). E – Execute (By applying proper science to proper law in court).I – Intimidate (Your adversary, leaving a paper trail second to none). O – Organize (The facts of your case at pre-trial in preparation for trial). U – Utilize (The best experts the court or your resources will allow).
Please note the information contained at this website is opinion only and is not to be construed as legal advice. If you question the information herein, please seek the advice of a licensed attorney from your state’s Bar Association. Dean Tong is *not* an Attorney. Nothing published herein should be taken to be construed as *legal advise*. Mr. Tong does not give legal advice to the public at this his website, via phone, or in person. As an expert, he does consult on cases and offers assistance to licensed attorneys under their direct supervision and guidance. Published text at this website should be construed to be general information, only, and not legal advice. If you are seeking legal advice, please consult a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction. In addition, Mr. Tong is neither a clearinghouse for referrals to attorneys or expert witnesses, nor an activist. Please do not query him for lawyer referrals unless you plan to first retain him on your case as forensic consultant.
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