False Allegations Of Abuse In Divorce
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of divorces over the last thirty years. Experts estimate that at least half of all marriages will end in divorce. Divorce has an effect on everyone involved, especially children if there are children in the relationship.
By Reverend Dennis Austin
“Adolescent girls whose parents divorced during their oedipal years, we postulate that particular coping patterns emerge in response to the absence of the father which may complicate the consolidation of positive feminine identification in many female children and is observable during the latency years. We illustrate both the existence of these phenomena and implication for treatment:
- intensified separation anxiety
- denial and avoidance of feelings associated with loss of father
- identification with the lost object
- object hunger for males.
This also shows the hurt and anger that a child goes through with the loss of the father in their lives. They repress their feelings and act out upon them trying to make themselves whole again but without any hope of doing that because the only way would to be able to undo the emotional abuse that the alienating parent perpetrates on the child.
The target parent has literally lost their children. In essence, their children have died. The target parent grieves but continues to love their children from a distance. They are forced to live as if their children are dead. The only hope that the target parent has is that someone will be able to reach their children and explain what has happened and the child will be willing to start a relationship with their lost parent. This alienation from their child can, as one can imagine, cause an increase in suicide rates among fathers. It is financially devastating to those who choose not to take their lives and result in poverty. They must fight long legal battles to clear their names of the crime that they have allegedly committed. This can take thousands upon thousands of dollars as well as years of court proceedings.
The indicators that these validators use to determine abuse are actually quite common behavior which even normal children sometimes exhibit. Some of these indicators include, bedwetting, acting out, nightmares, whining, temper tantrums, thumb-sucking, and compliant and fearful behavior. These validators often propitiate allegations of abuse because it puts food on their tables. It is their career and without such allegations, they could be without a job. Although this is a horrifying thought, this is a reason to ignore evidence that shows innocence and only present to the court “evidence” that substantiate the client’s claims of abuse.
In Armin A. Brott’s article “A System Out Of Control: The Epidemic Of False Allegations Of Child Abuse”, he states that, “In California, for example, the Victim/Witness program will pay directly to a licensed therapist up to $10,000 per child for counseling as long as the child was alleged to have been abused. An additional $10,000 is available to counsel the child’s mother. The only catch: to get their therapy paid for, the child victim and her mother must see a therapist from an approved list. Guess who directs the mother to a therapist who would be best for her and her child? CPS, of course.” These CPS workers often ask leading questions which can distort the children’s memories. In their reports to the court, they often ignore evidences that would clear the accused, such as lie detector tests and outside therapist evaluations and rely solely on the child’s evaluations which have been skewed by the CPS and the therapists that they recommend.
In a report disseminated by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) Child Maltreatment 1995 Reports From the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System depicts more than three million reports of alleged child abuse and neglect in 1995 of which two million of those complaints were without foundation.
False allegations of abuse in divorce is an epidemic that is sweeping the world. Children are becoming the heirs to hatred passed down to them from their parents and because this is all that they know, they in turn foster this pain, hatred and deceptiveness in their own adult relationships. The children are crushed under the weight of the system and a parent that is only looking out for their own best interests. Look at the rise in crime in recent years. There needs to be an accountability set within the legislation that would help to stop the false allegations of abuse and the propitiation of such allegations by the judicial system through CPS. The Mondale Act does not provide boundaries that would provide for prosecution of those who make false accusations. Where is the protection of the innocent in all of this?
The CPS has become a money making business and not a public service. Their theories that children do not lie about such issues are false. Many times children are coached into believing that something happened when it really did not. It is important to have laws to protect the innocent children from abuse but it is also equally important to protect the innocent adult from a wrongful accusation that could ruin them for the rest of their life.
America’s judicial system was founded on the principal that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. The CPS has changed the law in this issue to guilty until proven innocent. Those who commit perjury are indicted and imprisoned and there should also be the same punishment for those who falsely allege abuse. This legislation will never change until men and women come together and protest the unjustness of this issue. Most people’s attitudes are “it is better to falsely convict than to allow a child to be abused.” There is no justice in this. The American Constitution gives us the rights to justice. Only if we decide to speak can our voices be heard.
There needs to be an accountability that the CPS has so answer to so that they cannot simply ignore the truth. Therapists should not have to fear making an honest evaluation. We cannot sit by and allow the burden of proof to always be on the father. The burden of proof must be placed once again on the courts and the person that makes the allegations. Children and the target parent will never lead normal, healthy lives until the abuse is stopped.
The Personality Types of False Accusers and the Falsely Accused
Written by Dr Tara J. Palmatier on August 24, 2011
The following article is from the August 23, 2011 AVfM Radio program on the criminal practice of making false allegations of abuse in order to gain the upper hand in divorce and custody battles. The radio version was edited down due to time constraints. Here’s everything I wrote for the show in its entirety:
Too many men have become the targets of false allegations. False allegations of domestic violence. False allegations of sexual assault. And false allegations of sexual abuse.
False allegations are lies and people who make false allegations are liars. A false allegation of abuse isn’t just any lie; it’s one of the most contemptible lies that exists. Even one victim of such a despicable lie is one victim too many.
Oftentimes, when a man finds himself the target of false allegations, he initially becomes paralyzed by shock and disbelief that a woman he once loved or still loves could perpetrate such a horrible lie upon him. The nightmare of false allegations is always compounded whenever children are involved.
What precipitates these kinds of false allegations?
Domestic violence literature holds that ending an abusive relationship is often the most dangerous time for the target of abuse. The classic stereotype is that of the alcoholic Neanderthal who beats his wife to death as she attempts to walk out the door after years of abuse.
For men, ending a relationship with an abusive woman is also often the most dangerous time.
Just like his female counterpart, when a man makes the agonizing decision to divorce an abusive wife, it may end in violence. Stories abound in the news of women killing their ex-husbands and their own children during divorce and custody battles. But women have another weapon at their disposal, which is just as lethal as any firearm or poison.
That weapon is the false allegation.
Many men, despite having been subjected to years of abuse, come a cropper when their ex makes a false allegation. How could someone you once loved and who supposedly loved you tell such horrible lies?
The simplest answer is that women who perpetrate false allegations are malicious and disturbed. Men also make false allegations and those that do are equally malicious and disturbed, but let’s face it, there are clear tactical advantages for women who fabricate false allegations.
Over the last 25 years, as the domestic violence and divorce industries have grown, a perverse system has developed in response to female initiated allegations of abuse in which the accuser is rewarded.
How are women rewarded for making false allegations?
They get attention. The person they hate is punished. They receive social approval. We all hate abusers and pedophiles, right? Look at that courageous woman who’s fighting to protect her child! Female false accusers may also receive free legal representation, welfare payments, free counseling and other support services and support from family, friends and neighbors — in other words, even more attention (Wakefield & Underwager, 1990).
- Montana’s DPHHS and DOJ have been lobbying for a new bill to be drafted. The new bill would be, when “anyone” calls in for suspected abuse that instead of DPHHS going to investigate it, it will automatically be directed to the police department. I understand about wanting to keep all children safe, I want that. But we all know that there is going to be problems with this new law as there will be cases of false allegations at the same time. Some of the Law and Justice Committee Members were not happy with this new request and even stated that they were worried that it would end up ruining some citizens lives.
- These two state departments seemed very excited about this along with a few of the officers that were also there at these meetings. I wish this was more about the children and less about the money. As you have seen already there is prisons for profit in Montana. It is about business they said, dollars and cents. For DPHHS you can see from the above articles how much money they can get out of this campaign.
- Attorney General Steve Bullock has started a new campaign all just for this, click on link below.
- Take a look with me here at Montana’s Welfare Budget DPHHS on this link: http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2011/billpdf/HB0002.enr2.pdf
- Now scroll down to: B. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES pages - B-1 – through - B-6 – This is for the fiscal year of July 1st, 2012 – June 31st, 2013
- Total: $1,913,162,382 - This is about twice the value of Montana’s Bumper Wheat Crop.
- Now scroll down to : D. JUDICIAL BRANCH, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND JUSTICE pages – D-1 – through - D-7 -
- Total: $333,115,760
- Now go to the link http://www.opengovmt.org/ from the Montana State Policy Institute. Look up these departments and look how much some of the top salaries are. There is money even being funded into empty departments but has to be going somewhere.
- Montana Citizens, we cannot keep existing this way. Our incarceration rates here in Montana are outrageous! http://montanacorruption.org/2012/07/06/montanas-incarceration-rates-by-counties-and-the-salaries-they-generate/
- I believe no rape, abuse, or sex offense should go unnoticed. Victims need to have a voice and to be heard. But we are also being raped by an unjust system that is profiting. There has to be a balance. We need to go back to “You are innocent until proven guilty” not the way it is now “You are guilty until proven innocent.” With this rate Montana is no longer going to have the definition of Montana Cowboys. People around the nation are already laughing at us. Yes, crime does happen and those criminals need to be behind bars but we are talking above and beyond that. We are talking about prisons for profit, lining the pockets, double dipping, playing the system, cherry picking inmates, prosecutorial misconduct and the list goes on. Look at the news from the last few days focusing on MDC and how they had lost their medicaid funding and needed a way to gain it back. They had millions riding on that case. Thing is DPHHS is still having problems. Research Montana, please research!