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Mothers Who Fail to Protect Their Children from Sexual Abuse: Addressing the Problem of Denial

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dc.contributor.author Adams, C.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-27T16:04:33Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-27T16:04:33Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Adams, C. (2015). Mothers Who Fail to Protect Their Children from Sexual Abuse: Addressing the Problem of Denial. Yale Law & Policy Review, 12(2), 519-539. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1273&context=ylpr
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2595
dc.description.abstract In Part I, I discuss the psychological phenomenon of denial and how it prevents mothers from intervening to protect their children from intrafamily sexual abuse. In Part II, I examine an emerging trend in courts and legislatures to impose criminal liability upon parents who condone child abuse by their partners. I analyze how these statutory and common law regimes apply to mothers in denial. In Part III, I suggest how the law should deal with mothers in denial. I argue that mothers who are genuinely in denial about the abuse of their children should not be criminally prosecuted in all instances. Rather, they should be offered the choice of participating in psychiatric treatment programs in lieu of prosecution. This approach, I argue, is the most beneficial for the child and the mother. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Yale Law & Policy Review en_US
dc.subject denial en_US
dc.subject mothers en_US
dc.subject child sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject courts en_US
dc.subject criminal liability en_US
dc.title Mothers Who Fail to Protect Their Children from Sexual Abuse: Addressing the Problem of Denial en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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