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Cases Involving Child Sexual Abuse  

Author:  Anne L. Perry, J.D..

Source: Volume 02, Number 01, Summer 2009 , pp.17-22(6)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Legal issues associated with childhood sexual abuse are rarely straightforward. There can be ongoing abuse of both mother and child, even when the parents have separated. Allegations of abuse can surface months or years after a separation. Or courts may rule that abuse allegations, particularly if they couldn’t be substantiated, do not supersede the rights of the perpetrator to have access to his child. These are only a small sample of the complications that can arise in these cases. In this article, the author summarizes four cases involving sexual abuse and the decisions made in each case.

Keywords: Wilkins v. Ferguson , 928 A.2d 655 (D.C. Ct. App. 2007); In re S.R., 920 A.2d 1262 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2007); In re Michael R., 2007 WL 1028525 (unpub.)(Cal. Ct. App. 2007); Jochims v. State, 2007 WL 2142656 (unpub.)(Tx. Ct. App. 2007)

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