23 December, 2008

Debunking! The False Allegations Theory used to Justify Parental Alienation Syndrome

Why do PAS advocates so fervently fight Domestic Violence Laws and why do they seem (not to mention actively do so) to work so hard to get rid of the very laws that protect so many Mothers and Children of Abuse?  

Honestly, this makes no sense to me...nor does the "in your face" bitterness and "alienating" behavior and verbage of the "alienated" (ie. accusing) parent seem to make much sense at all either...

We need a break down of PAS in order to reveal what really is going on, what is true and what is just...sadly just another abuser's ploy to cover up his beatings...

There is a high incidence of false allegations.

    Research, however, does not support his theory. In fact, studies have shown that the incidence of false allegations is very small.

    In a 1990 study by Thoennes and Tjaden, 9,000 divorces in 12 states were studied. It was found that sexual abuse allegations were made in less than 2 percent of the contested divorces involving child custody.

   Out of that two percent, only 5%-8% were determined to be false.

     In her article, Merrilyn McDonald, M.S.W, who does forensic work as a guardian ad litem in Bremerton, Washington, reports that in Australia, studies showed that allegations of sexual abuse were present in only 1.7 percent of custody or visitation dispute cases.

   She went on to write that in Canada, hospital records involving sexual abuse allegations of children were reviewed. The review indicated that "... children of parents involved in custody disputes had as much physical evidence of sexual abuse as children of non-disputing parents."

    "In a study that looked at all reports of sexual abuse received by the Denver child protective services In 1983, child protective social workers reported that 53 percent of allegations were well founded, 24 percent didn’t have enough information to allow substantiation, 17 percent were made in good faith and involved a legitimate concern, but had other explanations, and 6 percent were probably false."

Other studies have indicated that false allegation rates range between 2% to 8%.

  Dr. Gardner developed, what he called, the “Sex Abuse Legitimacy Scale.” Dr. Gardner claimed that this scale can point out falsely accusing mothers and children.

   Jon Conte, editor of the “Journal of Interpersonal Violence,” stated his opinion of the "Sex Abuse Legitimacy Scale": "“Probably the most unscientific piece of garbage I’ve seen in the field in all my life.”

  Dr. Gardner self-published this scale, which has never been subjected to scientific scrutiny or empirical studies.

   It's interesting to note that in his book, True and False Accusations of Sexual Abuse, Gardner wrote, " ...our present overreaction to pedophilia represents an exaggeration of Judeo-Christian principles and is a significant factor operative in Western society’s a typicality with regard to such activities."

1 comment:

  1. work so hard to get rid of the very laws that protect so many Mothers and Children of Abuse?

    I know what you're saying, but here's what I was told from them:

    They aren't trying to tear apart the law, only to dismantle the inherent sexism that is in the language. They want everything gender neutral.

    However, I don't understand the argument when they fervently oppose anything constructive that we do, even if it is to help ONLY women.