The Myth of Parental Alienation Syndrome, Sybil in her own words

November 30, 2011 Comments Off on The Myth of Parental Alienation Syndrome, Sybil in her own words

The Myth of Parental Alienation Syndrome and Its Impact on Women in Child Custody Cases Thursday, December 8, 2011, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Course Description:

A diverse panel from varying disciplines will explore how the theory of ‘Parental Alienation Syndrome’ (PAS) disproportionally affects the way judges and court collaterals make decisions and recommendations in child custody determinations, focusing on New York State.

Other topics to be discussed include:

clinical and ethical issues surrounding parental alienation syndrome,
lack of clinical and empirical evidence to support PAS as valid,
biases towards using parental alienation as the defining factor in which parent receives custody, its intersection with child and intimate partner abuse, and
a first hand account of its affect on a former child involved in a custody dispute.

Faculty:

Program Co-sponsor: NYCLA’s Women’s Rights Committee

Faculty: Jennifer Collins; Nancy S. Erickson, Esq., MA Forensic Psychology ; Dr. Joyanna Silberg, Executive V.P. of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence (Psychologist); Garland Waller, Professor of Television, Boston University

http://www.nycla.org/index.cfm?section=CLE&page=CLE_Detail&itemID=2554&dateID=20111208

“SYBIL in her own words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings”

A kindle version is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/SYBIL-her-words-Personalities-ebook/dp/B0067QMNVU/

A paperback version is available at: http://www.amazon.com/SYBIL-her-own-words-Personalities/dp/0615560474/

Syracuse Scandal: Bernie Fine’s wife had abuse concerns

November 29, 2011 Comments Off on Syracuse Scandal: Bernie Fine’s wife had abuse concerns

articles:
– Syracuse Scandal: Bernie Fine’s Wife Admitted Worries Over Abuse On Tape-Recorded Conversations
– Bernie Fine’s wife had abuse concerns
– Syracuse takes stand as allegations swirl
– Third accuser says Syracuse coach Bernie Fine sexually abused him as child
– How Much Restitution Will be Permitted for Child Pornography Victims

Syracuse Scandal: Bernie Fine’s Wife Admitted Worries Over Abuse On Tape-Recorded Conversations
The Huffington Post   Chris Greenberg 11/27/11

Two days after police searched the home of longtime Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie — who is under investigation for sexually abusing two boys who served as ball boys for the basketball team — the woman who shared that home is involved in a major development in the scandal.

According to ESPN, Fine’s wife, Laurie, admitted her knowledge of the alleged abuse to one of the possible victims, Bobby Davis, during tape-recorded telephone conversations between the two from October 2002….

Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim was extremely vocal in defense of his longtime assistant coach when child molestation allegations were recently made public, going as far as to call Davis a “liar.” These recordings may make Boehiem reconsider his stance.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/27/bernie-fines-wife-admits-abuse-fears-syracuse-coach_n_1115228.html

Bernie Fine’s wife had abuse concerns By Mark Schwarz and Arty Berko ESPN November 27, 2011
In a tape-recorded 2002 telephone conversation, the wife of Syracuse associate head coach Bernie Fine admitted she had concerns that her husband had sexually molested a team ball boy in their home, but said she felt powerless to stop the alleged abuse.

Bobby Davis, who has publicly accused Bernie Fine of years of molestation that Davis said started when he was in the seventh grade, legally recorded his Oct. 8, 2002, phone call to Laurie Fine….

After “Outside the Lines” first reported the allegations against Fine on Nov. 17, the now-39-year-old Davis shared the tape with Syracuse police, one of several law-enforcement agencies who have opened an investigation into the case. Davis first gave the tape to ESPN in 2003. At the time, ESPN did not report Davis’ accusations, or report the contents of the tape, because no one else would corroborate his story.

After a second man said this month that he was also molested by Fine (that man is Mike Lang, Davis’ step brother), ESPN hired a voice-recognition expert who said the voice on the tape matches the voice of Laurie Fine. The call was made and received in states that don’t require both parties to consent to a call being recorded….

On the tape, Davis repeatedly asked Laurie Fine about what she knew of the alleged molestation.

“Do you think I’m the only one that he’s ever done that to?” Davis asked.

“No … I think there might have been others but it was geared to … there was something about you,” Laurie Fine said…..
http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/7286347/otl-audio-tape-syracuse-orange-assistant-bernie-fine-wife-admits-worries-abuse

Syracuse takes stand as allegations swirl
ROGER RUBIN
Saturday, November 19, 2011

SYRACUSE – There were subtle and not-so-subtle reminders on the Syracuse campus that the school’s hallowed basketball program may be on the brink of scandal on Saturday, three days after city police confirmed an investigation into allegations that Jim Boeheim’s associate head coach, Bernie Fine, sexually assaulted two ball boys in the mid-1980s….

Boeheim launched a staunch defense of Fine on Thursday after ESPN aired the molestation allegations by Billy Davis and his stepbrother Mike Lang. He pointed to a four-month university probe that could not corroborate claims then made solely by Davis, called Davis a “liar” and said the accusers were “trying to get money.” He softened the stance slightly a day later by telling the Syracuse Post-Standard, “If I saw some reason not to support Bernie, I would not support him.”….
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-11-19/news/30420728_1_boeheim-allegations-swirl-dion-waiters

Third accuser says Syracuse coach Bernie Fine sexually abused him as child
November 27, 2011, 6:25 AM    By The Post-Standard
By Mike McAndrew and John O’Brien

Syracuse, N.Y. — A third accuser told police Wednesday that Syracuse University associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine sexually abused him as a child.

That revelation prompted authorities to search Fine’s home two days later, a source said.

Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, told Syracuse police that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room when Tomaselli was 13 years old….
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/third_accuser_says_su_coach_be.html

How Much Restitution Will be Permitted for Child Pornography Victims

The Second Circuit Speaks; Will The Supreme Court Step In?

By James R. Marsh on November 25, 2011

Guest Legal Analysis by Jennifer Freeman of Freeman Lewis LLP

On September 8, 2011, the Second Circuit dealt a blow to victims of child pornography who had been seeking broad relief under a federal criminal statute authorizing restitution. In United States v. Aumais, Docket No. 10-3160 (Sept. 8, 2011), the New York federal appeals court reversed a restitution order of nearly $50,000 assessed in favor of a victim of child porn against a possessor of the images, holding that proximate cause was lacking, without which such damages could not be imposed.

In issuing this decision, the Second Circuit agreed with the result reached by a number of other Circuit Courts and disagreed with the Fifth Circuit. A petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court is currently pending in a similar case. This is an issue that cries out for Supreme Court resolution, and we very much hope that the Supreme Court will step in to provide clarity to the victims, perpetrators and others in this highly charged and important arena.

Recent Expansion of Restitution Claims

The United States Supreme Court has held that distribution of child pornography is “intrinsically related to the sexual abuse of children” because, among other things, “the materials produced are a permanent record of the children’s participation and the harm to the child is exacerbated by their circulation.” New York v. Ferber, 458 U.S. 747, 759 (1982). Once the acts are recorded, “the pornography may haunt [the child] in future years, long after the original misdeed took place.” 458 U.S. at 759 n.10.

Commencing in about 2009, victims of child pornography started filing claims of restitution under 18 U.S.C. § 2259, the federal “child pornography restitution statute”, as part of criminal cases against transporters, distributors or possessors of the images. Since that time, abuse victims have sought millions of dollars in restitution damages from the sellers or users of the child pornography….
http://www.childlaw.us/2011/11/how-much-restitution-will-be-p.html

Survivorship Ritual Abuse Professional Webinars

November 27, 2011 Comments Off on Survivorship Ritual Abuse Professional Webinars

Survivorship is pleased to announce a new webinar series, in 2 parts, for professionals, for which you can request CEUs. (through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences which covers Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT); Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW); Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP); Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC); MFT Interns (IMF); Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW); and Professional Clinical Counselor Interns (PCCI) in the State of California).

The dates are January 28th and March 31st, 2012
from noon to 3:00 PM pacific time.

All  speakers in our professional series  are trained professionals in the field with many years of experience both in the practical aspect of working with survivors of Ritual Abuse and Mind Control as well as having been speakers at professional conferences in the past.

Upcoming Professional Webinar:

Saturday, January 28 and March 31, 2012
noon Pacific Time (3 hours)
Sexual Ethics 101 + 102

(You can register for one or both. One is not exclusive of the other)

Presenter:
Staci Sprout, LICSW, CSAT, has 16 years of post-graduate experience as a psychotherapist and social worker in clinical practice, community mental health, hospitals, nursing homes, and public health.  For the last five years her practice has focused almost exclusively as an individual, group and couples therapist working with adults in recovery from sexual and related addictions.  She completed the HARE Psychopathy training in 2008 and has conducted forensic evaluations for adults accused of sexual crimes.  As a therapy client and addict herself with over 20 years of successful personal recovery, Staci brings a compassionate and direct approach to the complex topic of sexual ethics.

Sexual Ethics Series

This 2 part series is designed to raise awareness about key ethical sexual issues facing helping professionals today.  I offer practical tools to enhance your treatment of sexual issues, an ethical decision-making model, guidance on when to refer, consideration of ethnic and cultural issues, information about less obvious yet important sexual boundary issues in the helping relationship, and a case study presentation of sexual challenges in a clinical setting transforming and resolving over time.  Please note:  Sexual Ethics 102 builds on the information shared in Sexual Ethics 101, but can be taken without having already completed this class.

Sexual Ethics 101

CLIENT EMPOWERMENT:  Learn a practical, dynamic tool that includes a vision of sexual health to assists clients in discerning their sexual behavior and values, and then explore them more deeply over time.  This tool is called “The Four Pillars of Sexual Integrity”

ETHICAL CHOICES:  Learn a working model of ethical decision-making called “The Five Stars of Ethical Excellence” to assist in deliberation of even the most challenging ethical dilemmas

SCOPE OF PRACTICE ISSUES:  Receive clear guidance on when to refer to sexual specialists, including Certified Sex Therapists (CST), LGBTQ Specialists, and Certified Sexual Addictions Therapists (CSAT), and/or Sex Offender Treatment Providers (SOTP).

ETHICAL STATEMENT:  Receive a sample personal ethics statement, as a starting point for your practice or organization, that addresses sexual issues

Sexual Ethics 102:

CROSS ETHNIC/CROSS CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS:  As related to perspectives on love and sexual health

TALKING IN DETAILS:  Participate in an experiential exercise to further discern your own sexual values, sexual self-care, and support

SEXUAL BOUNDARIES FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS:  How to maintain, what to say, related to keeping the relationship safe and non-sexual

TRAUMATIC REENACTMENTS:  Holding curiosity about what emerges over time with  sexual challenges in a safe therapy setting a case study

Upcoming Webinar (for survivors and professionals):
Saturday, December 17, 2011
noon Pacific Time (2 hours)
Memory & Survivors

Presenter: Alikina
Most survivors have questions about their memory processes at some time: ‘is it true, did it happen?’ or ‘why can’t I remember?’, or even ‘why do I keep having intrusive memories?’  As we heal, we also become aware of times when our memories seem different than how we’ve been lead to believe ‘normal’ memory works.  We feel like we forget too much, or we have nearly perfect memories.  Often questions about memories of abuse are addressed in therapy, groups, books, etc; but questions about the everyday workings of memory, and how abuse may be affecting our brain function, stay unanswered.  This webinar will primarily focus on what current psychological science knows about basic memory processes, as well as issues unique to the survivor community, learning styles and how they affect memory, tricks to assist remembering, and plenty of Q & A time.

Alikina is a survivor of severe abuse and a current grad-school student halfway through her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.  She has presented articles and webinars for Survivorship in the past.  She has worked with abuse survivors through community support organizations and been in therapy as both the client and the therapist, and plans to work with abuse and trauma survivors as her career path.

REGISTRATION
Registration closes the Thursday evening before the webinar

To reserve a space in the webinar, e-mail Shamai at shamai@survivorship.org   and give her this information:

1. Your name
2. The webinar you wish to attend
3. Amount and method of payment  (check, PayPal, money order)
4. Your preferred e-mail address (so we can send you instructions)
5. The name you will be using for the webinar. (This does not have to be your real name or your message board screen name.)

You will receive a confirmation email immediately and an invitation link and instructions after the registration closes

COST

Professional Webinars are $50 and include CEUs upon request.
All other webinars are on a sliding scale from $50.00 to full scholarship.
(While we offer full scholarships for webinars, it would be great if you would be willing to pay anything, even $5 rather than expect a full scholarship. While we understand that money can be difficult to find, please try to pay what you can to help cover the cost of the webinar provider).

The PayPal button is near the bottom of the page at http://www.survivorship.org/webinars.html

If you wish to pay by check please send it to: Survivorship, Family Justice Center, 470 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94612.

PAST WEBINARS

Survivorship members may listen to past webinars (not professional) in the members’ section.
For information on joining Survivorship, go to http://www.survivorship.org/about/membership.html

Complete details on all our webinars are at http://www.survivorship.org/webinars.html

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Shamai@survivorship.org

words deleted from the dust jacket of Sybil Exposed

November 25, 2011 Comments Off on words deleted from the dust jacket of Sybil Exposed

posted with permission

words deleted from the dust jacket of Sybil Exposed

“The original letter from Helen Vogel,  executor of Flora Schreiber’s will, giving access to Dr. Patrick Suraci to all of Schreiber’s archives, dated Sept. 5, 1998, is in the Special Collections Library at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The  archive was make public shortly after that. Simon & Schuster has  agreed to delete from the dust jacket in future editions of the book “Sybil   Exposed” the words “first person'” in the sentence: “The Sybil archive became available to the public only recently, and Nathan is the first person to have examined all of it….”

Penn State Scandal: Mother Of Alleged Victim Claims Mistreatment By Son’s School

November 24, 2011 Comments Off on Penn State Scandal: Mother Of Alleged Victim Claims Mistreatment By Son’s School

articles:
– Penn State Scandal: Mother Of Alleged Jerry Sandusky Victim Claims Mistreatment By Son’s School
– Penn State Scandal: Mother of Sandusky’s Adopted Son Speaks Out
– Exclusive: Jerry Sandusky interview prompts long-ago victims to contact lawyer

Penn State Scandal: Mother Of Alleged Jerry Sandusky Victim Claims Mistreatment By Son’s School – Ryan D. Buell 11/23/11

Court records refer to him simply, as Victim One. Outside of a four-and-a-half page section about him in the grand jury indictment of ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, little else has been discussed about him publicly.

Last week, his mother (whom I will refer to as “Mother One”) removed him from Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall, Pa., where he was a senior and an all-star athlete. In an interview conducted last week, she explained why she pulled him from the school.

“They were not helpful,” Mother One said of the school’s administrators. “They wanted me to go home and forget about it.”

Mother One also alleges that since the Sandusky scandal erupted, fellow students and the high school’s football coach (who also serves as assistant principal) have all targeted her son with verbal attacks and threats of violence.

She also claims that the school’s principal tried to convince her and her son not to report their allegations against Sandusky to the police, and that as recently as this month, refused to treat threats of violence against her son by other students as credible….

As the full story emerged, Victim One revealed that for nearly two years he was subjected to various sexual acts by Sandusky. Some had even occurred at the middle school and high school, where Sandusky had been given complete access to him by school officials.

On Nov. 7, Pennsylvania State Attorney General Linda Kelly praised Central Mountain High School for “doing the right thing” in the Sandusky matter. The indictment states that the school immediately called the police when it was informed of the abuse….

Neither Turchetta nor Probst (nor any school official, for that matter) have explained why Sandusky was given the authority to pull Victim One out of class and take him off school grounds without permission from his mother. Calls placed to the offices of Central Mountain High School have gone unanswered.

And although Sandusky has been barred from the school, Mother One said other problems remained, which also convinced her to pull her son from the school. She said that once her son disclosed the abuse, fellow students and even school administrators remained skeptical — and often incredulous — about his claims….

She said her son is in constant fear, particularly about being abused again by Sandusky. Neither Victim One nor his mother sleep in their respective bedrooms; the two now sleep on separate couches in their living room.

She says her son has nightmares “every night,” and that she does, too. She said she wakes up nightly when she overhears her son’s cries in his sleep. He never says what he dreams about.

For his part, Gillum won’t go into detail about his patient’s mental state. But he noted that in almost all cases, rape and sexual abuse victims suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and think about hurting themselves physically.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/22/penn-state-scandal-jerry-sandusky-victim-mother_n_1108979.html

Penn State Scandal: Mother of Sandusky’s Adopted Son Speaks Out
By KEVIN DOLAK and JIM AVILA (@JimAvilaABC)
Nov. 17, 2011

The birth mother of Jerry Sandusky’s youngest adopted child has come forward saying she believes the former Penn State coach led her son on a path of self-destruction and that she contacted authorities years ago about her son’s safety.

Debra Long told ABC News in an exclusive interview that sharing her now 33-year-old son Matt with Sandusky had been a nightmare after the coach became the boy’s guardian via foster care in 1995. Long says that she watched as her child became enamored with the local hero and then increasingly rightened by Sandusky’s behavior.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/penn-state-scandal-mother-sanduskys-adopted-son-speaks/story?id=14970402

Exclusive: Jerry Sandusky interview prompts long-ago victims to contact lawyer
November 17, 2011
SARA GANIM, The Patriot-News By SARA GANIM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky’s primetime television interview Monday led several potential victims to come forward and consider sharing their story, according to two State College attorneys.

Hearing his voice and his words proclaiming no wrong — while admitting he showered innocently with young boys — was a trigger for some who say they were abused by the former Penn State defensive coordinator. One said it went back to the 1970s, around the time Sandusky founded the charity that prosecutors say was his axis for finding victims.
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/11/exclusive_jerry_sandusky_inter.html

SYBIL in her own words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings

November 22, 2011 Comments Off on SYBIL in her own words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings

SYBIL in her own words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings

The book “Sybil” by Flora Rheta Schreiber written in the 1970’s, has recently received media attention again.

The veracity of the original Sybil story has been attacked. One person attacking the story called MPD – DID (dissociative identity disorder) a “cultural construct.”  Research shows that this isn’t true. MPD – DID is found around the world.  Research studies have shown it to be caused by severe, repeated trauma.

For research study information, see http://childabusewiki.org/index.php?title=Dissociative_Identity_Disorder

Another book published this year was written by a psychologist that knew Sybil and others in her life.

The book is called “SYBIL in her own words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings”

A kindle version is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/SYBIL-her-words-Personalities-ebook/dp/B0067QMNVU/

A paperback version is available at: http://www.amazon.com/SYBIL-her-own-words-Personalities/dp/0615560474/

Several articles have been written about the new book.

Book Review of “Sybil in her own words” http://sybilandmpd.blogspot.com/2011/11/review-of-sybil-in-her-own-words-by.html

from Sybil’s closest living relative http://sybilandmpd.blogspot.com/2011/11/from-sybils-closest-living-relative.html

Sybil In Her Own Words – The Untold Story of Shirley Mason http://sybilandmpd.blogspot.com/2011/09/sybil-in-her-own-words-untold-story-of.html

The author Patrick Suraci, Ph.D. describes writing the book “Sybil in her own words” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBgr92uC4YI&feature=youtu.be

Biography of the author “Sybil In Her Own Words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason” http://members.authorsguild.net/psuraci/

Art work from the book, “Sybil In Her Own Words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason” http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.108682822546007.17639.108610352553254&type=1

Review of “Sybil in her own words”

Permission was given to post this here.

After reading the book “Sybil in her own words” by Patrick Suraci, Ph.D., I realized the importance of this book. The people in the Sybil story are treated like human beings and they are allowed to speak about their own life stories. What is interesting about this book, is that it is written by a professional who has experience with the scientific knowledge of MPD.

The book shows how Dr. Connie Wilbur’s treatment was successful and that Shirley Mason (Sybil) never had a relapse or return of her MPD symptoms after her treatment with Wilbur. She was able to live a full life, as shown in her interactions and discussions with Patrick Suraci, Ph.D.

In chapter seven, Dr. Suraci goes back to Shirley Mason’s home town to check on her story.  He speaks with three women, Wilma Bode, Betty Christen and Patricia Alcott, who were classmates and playmates with Shirley in her childhood. Wilma and Betty were two of the few children that were able to enter Shirley’s household.

Wilma stated, “We always said that her mother was an old witch.” She describes Shirley as having troubles concentrating in school and not knowing if she was day dreaming or that her attention was drawn away. Wilma is asked if she believes if Shirley was abused. Wilma states that she believes that some of what is written in the book did happen.

Betty talks about Shirley’s mother. She states that her mother never came over to visit, but would come over and look (or peek) in the windows when they had company. She said that “Ms. Mason relieved herself in a neighbor’s yard.”

Patricia describes Shirley’s mother as “strange, stern, raucous” and “someone to stay away from.”  She states that Shirley’s mother (Mattie) “had a shrill voice and ridiculed Shirley.” Shirley’s mother repeated things over and over again. Patricia stated Mattie “played the piano too loudly, bombastically, venting anger. She was harsh.”  She said that Shirley’s father (Wilbur) “stood in shaded corners with his head down.”

Patrick Suraci describes the mechanism of “splitting” that contributed to the development of Shirley’s personalities. Shirley came to view Mattie sometimes as the “good mother” and sometimes as the “bad mother.”

In his chapter on Shirley in New York, Patrick Suraci speaks with Jim and Naomi, Shirley’s closest living relatives. Jim had noticed that on the phone Shirley “was a different personality, a different person.”  Naomi agreed and described a strong change in personality also. Naomi in Chapter Nine tells Patrick that Shirley and Dr. Wilbur confirmed that the book Sybil “was 100% accurate.”

The pictures in the book are excellent. Under one of the pictures drawn by Shirley’s alter Peggy of a Christmas tree (in black and white), the note describes that Christmas was unpleasant for Shirley because she would receive a lot of games and toys which her mother would put away and not let her play with. Shirley was told she could play with them another time. Yet her mother would give them away to a poor family that didn’t have anything.

Patrick Suraci states in his chapter Controversy Over Sybil that Mason, Schreiber and Wilbur were offered money, television and media interviews to reveal Shirley’s identity, but did not do this. He discusses the problems with Dr. Herbert Spiegel’s view of the Sybil story, as well as other skeptical of the story.

I highly recommend this book to those interested in the Sybil story. It is very well documented, using actual transcripts of conversations with those in the story and those that knew Shirley, showing that the original Sybil book was an accurate description of Shirley’s life.

Casey Introduces Bill to Strengthen Child Protection Laws

November 19, 2011 Comments Off on Casey Introduces Bill to Strengthen Child Protection Laws

Casey Introduces Bill to Strengthen Child Protection Laws

Casey: All Adults Have Responsibility to Report Abuse to Authorities

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Bill Would Emphasize Awareness Training for Those Most Likely to Witness Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today introduced legislation to require all adults to report child abuse and neglect to the appropriate authorities….

The Speak Up to Protect Every Abused Kid (Speak Up) Act of 2011 would require all states to pass and enforce a law requiring all adults to report instances of known or suspected child abuse in order for states to receive funding through the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), the federal statute focused on child abuse and neglect prevention and response.

The Speak Up Act will specify that child abuse must be reported directly to law enforcement or the state’s Child Protective Services agency. Currently, federal law does not specify to whom mandated reporters must report suspected abuse or neglect. In Pennsylvania and many other states, the reporter must notify only the person in charge of the relevant institution, creating a loophole that tragically prevents or delays action against suspected abusers.

The bill will also:

Provide support to states to carry out educational campaigns and training to inform individuals about what constitutes child abuse and neglect, and promote greater responsibility;

Promotes new approaches and techniques to improve reporting; and

Evaluate states’ progress on mandatory reporting.

The Speak Up Act is cosponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

http://casey.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=4870f6e4-6537-44d8-ad1b-3c41da07751e

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