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    this may be heavy for survivors Little girls lost? Embraced in family courts across the country, a controversial syndrome may be placing abused children at
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2003
      this may be heavy for survivors

      Little girls lost? Embraced in family courts across the country, a
      controversial "syndrome" may be placing abused children at risk By Lynn
      Vincent "...how many children are lying about sexual abuse? In custody
      battles, about one in three, according to most researchers. The Association
      of Family and Conciliation Courts in Colorado in 1990 surveyed
      custody-visitation disputes involving 209 alleged child-sex-abuse victims. In
      33 percent of cases, the allegations were considered false, and in 17 percent
      of cases, investigators could make no determination. A 1995 study by
      University of Michigan social work researcher Kathleen Faller found that of
      allegations in 215 child-sexual-abuse cases, about 70 percent were considered
      likely to be true, 20 percent were unlikely to be true, and about one in 10
      was uncertain. Studies in 1986 and 1991 yielded similar results....In Ms.
      Faller's 1995 study, 40 parents who raised sexual-abuse allegations-none of
      which were judged knowingly false-experienced negative sanctions, including
      losing custody to the alleged offender, limitation or loss of visitation, and
      court admonitions not to report alleged abuse again to the court, child
      protective services, or police.Such cases often turn on Dr. Gardner's
      "parental alienation syndrome." WORLD reviewed histories on 13 PAS cases-in
      California, Texas, New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Utah, and other states.
      These cases had something in common: documentation. In all 13 cases, court
      records show the mother had already been found a fit parent, and was in most
      cases already the primary custodial parent. In all 13, court-appointed
      psychologists ignored children's testimony of sexual abuse, and in some
      cases, medical findings of abuse, and even previous sex-offender violations.
      And in all 13 cases, court-appointed mediators concluded that the mothers had
      inculcated PAS in their children and recommended Dr. Gardner's standard
      prescription: to strip custody from the mother and place the child with the
      father for "deprogramming."

      two from L Moss Sharman Minneapolis man pleads guilty to voodoo-related
      slaying AP 1/29/03 "A second Twin Cities man involved in the 1997 killing of
      a Minnesota pharmacist in rural Wisconsin has pleaded guilty to homicide for
      his participation in what prosecutors have called a voodoo
      ritual....Authorities said Foster had told Friesner that he became a voodoo
      high priest by killing his predecessor in a ritual in New Orleans. Foster
      allegedly designated Friesner to kill him, thereby assuming Foster's
      priesthood and acquiring his soul as well as the souls of preceding high
      priests." http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/3620023.html

      Priest details longtime affair Tells four children of the woman who died that
      he's sorry By Stephen Kurkjian, 1/31/03 "The Rev. James D. Foley, who fled
      when the Needham woman with whom he was having an affair took a fatal
      overdose in 1973, apologized to her four children -- two of whom he may have
      fathered -- during an extraordinary face-to-face encounter earlier this
      month....Foley disclosed the affair and the fatal overdose to Cardinal
      Bernard F. Law and the Rev. -- now Bishop -- John B. McCormack in 1993. But
      Law and McCormack made no effort to notify the family. Instead, after sending
      Foley for psychological treatment, Law returned Foley to ministry in 1995 at
      St. Joseph's Church in Salem in 1995. He was removed from the parish when the
      records became public on Dec. 5."


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