Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Child Abuse?

HT Overlawyered:

As children they testified that their father abused them. Now, as adults, they have come forward to testify that he never actually did:

A 33-year-old son recalled how, at age 9, he was repeatedly questioned, alone, by now-retired Detective Sharon Krause of the Clark County Sheriff's Office. He said after months of questioning, he said he was abused to get Krause to leave him alone.

A 30-year-old daughter said she doesn't remember what she told Krause at age 5, but recalled Krause bought her ice cream.

Both children, who live in Sacramento, Calif., said that while growing up in California they were told by their mother, who divorced Spencer before Spencer was charged, that they were blocking out the memory of the abuse.

They said they realized as adults the abuse never happened, and they came forward because it was the right thing to do.

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2 have poured out their souls in electronic text:

  • Smockity Frocks

    This is precisely why we don't use a pediatrician. I can't find a link right now, but have read that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends questioning children out of the parents' presence about whether or not there are guns in the home, "Does your father ever make you feel uncomfortable?", etc. Who knows what kind of innocent answer might send up a red flag and induce further (and leading?) questioning.

    I could envision one of mine saying that yes, my daddy makes me feel uncomfortable when he spanks me, and that possibly being taken the wrong way.

  • Alan

    How awful. Some wrongs can never be made wholly right... at least in this life.