The hostage child : sex abuse allegations in custody disputes

Rosen, Leora N

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  • Creator Leora N. Rosen, Michelle Etlin
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1996] ©1996
  • Physical Details
    • xiv, 225 pages ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780253330451, 0253330459
  • OCLC ocm33862838


  • "It is comfortable to believe that incest and child sexual abuse need not concern us because we have institutions to deal with these problems. This book disallows that complacency and shows that the systems has failed, and worse - that it has generated a dangerous atmosphere of denial and cover-up. Focusing on five case studies, Rosen and Etlin expose a systemic breakdown so fundamental, so irrational, and so shocking that the necessity of radical reform becomes patent." "While explaining the historical, social, and psychological backdrop for this state of affairs, the authors refuse to minimize the problem. They demonstrate that most of the solutions being proposed by professionals in the field are doomed to frustration and failure. In their final chapter, Rosen and Etlin present a proposal for relief. While it is too late to undo the damage already done by the combined forces of child sexual abuse and institutional denial, this book can at least serve the children now trapped - like hostages - in this social war."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [211]-218) and index.


  • Pt. 1. Case Histories -- 1. H versus H -- 2. In the Interest of Marissa, a Child -- 3. We Believe Jesse -- 4. The War of Attrition -- 5. The Life Sentence of Sandy Moore -- Pt. 2. The System -- 6. True and False Allegations -- 7. The Denial of Incest -- 8. Anti-Mother Bias -- 9. The Failure of the Child Protection System -- 10. The Failure of the Law -- Pt. 3. A Proposed Solution -- 11. Introducing CARCO: Child at Risk Classification Office
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