Sexual Abuse and Due Process Abuse

In recent years I have seen false allegations of physical and sexual abuse made to gain advantage in the workplace, schools, and divorce and custody conflicts.  I have also seen psychology -- which has refined methods for determining the truth in these emotionally fraught charges -- distorted and ignored in order to favor the accuser. As a forensic psychologist, I provide reviews of documentary evidence in allegations of sexual abuse.  One such review involved Bill, who married a young woman named Marilyn a few years ago.  She brought to the marriage a four-year-old son, Jimmy, who had been fathered by an abusive boyfriend.  A year into the marriage, Marilyn started staying out all night and buying revealing clothes.  She changed her marital status on Facebook to "complicated" and demanded $10,000 in cash from Bill.  The couple separated and eventually filed for divorce.  Some months later, Marilyn alleged that Bill had molested Jimmy during a...(Read Full Article)

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