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Impact upon Siblings of False Child Sexual Abuse Allegations

Thomas Kennedy, a father wrongfully accused of raping his then 11 year old daughter, Cassandra, was convicted but eventually freed when the child came forward with the truth. Cassandra’s sister appeared with Thomas and Cassandra to discuss the implications for this family trauma on the Katie Couric show. The siblings often suffer as a result of the child sexual abuse disclosure –...

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How much “caution” is Enough for DYFS?

“Every failure to perform a cautionary act is not abuse or neglect. When the failure to perform a cautionary act is merely negligent, it does not trigger section (c)(4)(b) of the abuse or neglect statute.” This principle, first established in DYFS v. T.B., recently formed the basis of a reversal of a neglect finding by DYFS in DYFS v. M.D. In M.D., a 4 year old reported to her mom that her...

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