The Myth of Epidemic False Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Divorce Cases

October 20, 2009 § Leave a comment

The Myth of Epidemic False Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Divorce Cases by Merrilyn McDonald
It is commonly believed that false allegations of sexual abuse in the context of divorce are epidemic, that most allegations made in the context of divorce are made by vindictive mothers and that these allegations are almost always false. These beliefs are not supported by scientific evidence. It is widely believed that at least 50 percent of all allegations of child sexual abuse are false, and that an accused person appearing in a court of law is quite likely to have been falsely accused. Those who defend accused child sexual offenders want us to believe that 50 percent of individuals brought to trial are innocent. These beliefs are not supported by scientific evidence, either….
False allegations of sexual abuse in divorce  are a rare occurrence. False allegations  of sexual abuse in general are rare. Unsubstantiated is not the same as false. Child sexual abuse is a common experience . Child sexual abuse is grossly underreported http://www.omsys.com/mmcd/courtrev.htm

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