What Sandusky did was indeed too bad to hype. Ditto abuse perpetrated by anyone, esp. vs children, but especially by those who are supposed to be public role models such as priests, rabbis, teachers, etc. However, there is a far bigger coverup that has long been ignored by media and all sorts of public officials & that is ABUSIVE CUSTODY. ABUSIVE CUSTODY HAPPENS WHEN PARENTS SPLIT & A JUDGE ORDERS A CHILD TO LIVE WITH THE PARENT WHO HAS HAD CREDIBLE EVIDENCE OF ABUSE PRESENTED AGAINST HIM OR HER (THOUGH STATISTICS SHOW ABUSERS ARE FAR LESS OFTEN THE MOTHERS). THE NEW ENGLAND LAW REVIEW STATES THERE ARE ABOUT 58,500 REPORTED CASES OF ABUSIVE CUSTODY YEARLY!!!! SOMETIMES THE JUDGES HAVE BEEN GIVEN FALSE DATA BY VARIOUS CHILD EVALUATORS. BETTER TRAINING SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY REQUIRED AS PART OF THE PROBLEM IS ABUSERS ARE NOTORIOUSLY DR. JEKYL/MR. HYDE. BUT SOME OF THE PROBLEM IS SOME OF THE EVALUATORS & JUDGES ARE ABUSIVE, CORRUPT, ETC., ETC. BUT EXTREMELY FEW VIABLE CHECKS & BALANCES EXIST.
However, it is NOT just family court actors, but our entire legal system which needs checks & balances because it has increasingly become Who Can Win, Not What's Just.
GOOGLE THE NEW AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY NoWayOutButOne.com where a mother & kids got asylum in the Netherlands due to abusive custody ordered HERE. The FBI pursued her relentlessly for years even though there was much documented evidence that both she & her children were being abused by the children's father.
BUT, I would like to add that I don't believe anyone is born an abuser. As many know, there is much data proving abuse has a high cycling rate. Hence, we need compassionate, constructive dialogue not only to create enforceable checks & balances on our legal system but to create lots more preventive measures in schools & society at large. A few years ago the Tennesseean.com reported they saved $4 for every $1 spent in child abuse prevention. Consider that operating our courts is a huge taxpayer expense, & legal loopholes & excessive suing abound pushing up health care & business & education costs, as well as hurting individuals & families caught in lawsuits. Shouldn't WE DEMAND THAT LEGAL ACCOUNTABILITY BE A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE TOPIC? (I am in 6 WhosWhos due to over 40yrs of public advocacy.)
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