STORY ANGLES AND BACKGROUNDER
1. Story Angle – Are all priests pedophiles?
A national hysteria involving pedophilic priests has gripped America. From RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) lawsuits in Missouri to His Holiness, the Pope via the Vatican chiming in that priests should submit to psychological profiling before entering the priesthood, the Church stands to lose millions of dollars. Interview Dean Tong, author and forensic consultant, who will tell your audience that on one hand the catholic church has been neglectful in reporting actual cases of child molest, but on the other hand collateral damage in the form of false accusations can and probably will occur because *the innocents will be guilty by association*. Media: Call 1-800-299-2668 and receive a complimentary copy of Tong’s new book Elusive Innocence, a book that every American priest should be reading right now!
2. Story Angle. Modern Witch Hunts: “Witch hunts” take place daily in America’s homes, daycares, schools, hospitals and courtrooms. Like the witchcraft hysteria that destroyed lives in centuries past, modern witch hunts exist in the form of well-meaning, but misguided child protective investigations by uneducated/untrained professionals.
Modern-Day Witch Hunts: A wife’s attorney in a no-fault divorce action will often advise her to take the children and leave without warning, then force the husband out of the house with a restraining order falsely charging him with child sexual abuse or domestic violence. This strategy works so strongly in her favor that failure to discuss this option may be considered legal malpractice. It is one reason child molestation allegations have increased 1700 percent since the 1970s, says author Dean Tong.
(Dr. Douglas J.Besharov)
(National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect)
False Charges in Custody Cases:
Damage to the Child — Traumatic effects of making the child a witness against a parent include:
Disruption of the intact family, for which the child may feel responsible.
Changes in temporary custody, living environments and schools Intensive and intrusive investigations of alleged sexual abuse by multiple social service, law enforcement and civil justice system personnel Pressures by one parent to falsely accuse the other parent of serious charges Parental pressure to establish family loyalty by taking sides against the accused spouse Child protection service providers and other professionals, acting under the mistaken belief that abuse occurred, further damage the child’s emotional well-being rather than protect it.
Encouraging False Testimony — When a parent raises accusations that her estranged spouse has sexually abused their child, the law requires investigation by one or more social services caseworkers, medical doctors, child psychologists, and law enforcement agencies, often over a period of months. Part of the investigation typically involves the use of “anatomically detailed” dolls to demonstrate what the accused is supposed to have done.
Anatomically detailed dolls: Studies which compare doll-play behavior of nonabused children with that of children who were abused raise serious questions about the validity of using anatomically detailed dolls for diagnosis. These dolls — the same kind used in middle-school sex education classes — can provide a crash sex-ed course to impressionable, way-too-young children. Although familiarity with genitalia and sex acts are usually accepted as evidence that the child was sexually abused, in fact it can show that the child has been coached by experts. Inherent problems with the anatomically detailed dolls are as follows:
They’re not standardized for usage by the APA (American Psychological Association).
They’re gross disfigurements of the human condition.
They don’t represent actual persons in a child’s life.
More about problems with use of anatomically correct dolls: www.ipt-forensics.com/library/images2.htm
Why would children lie in court, especially against a parent?
Courts are routinely asked to believe that children do not lie, or cannot be mistaken. But in fact, children can be trained to say various things either directly or by subtle teaching through reinforcement such as verbal responses, encouragement, body language and facial expressions. As a general rule, says Dean Tong in “Elusive Innocence,” children seek to give the answers they think are desired, rather than deal with facts that may get negative reactions.Every time he or she repeats the story, the child becomes more and more convinced that it is true. Children ages four to seven tend to overgeneralize, they fabricate in an effort to fill in the blanks and soon begin to believe what they have said. Moreover, in his book, Tong claims that while kids may appear to be credible, their disclosures are oft unreliable. Faulty interview techniques Social workers and others involved in child protection often approach an interview with the belief that if the child said it or the mother said that the child said it, then it must be true — the child has been molested. When asked whether abuse occurred, if the child says “yes” mommy is proud of him or her; Say “no” and the child is asked, “is this one of the yucky secrets? Is this a scary secret? Were you told not to talk about this?” If a child says he was abused, he is telling the truth. If he says he wasn’t, he’s lying because of denial. Either way, the interviewers become unwitting conspirators with the accusing parent to permanently harm both the child and the accused parent.