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Maximizing false accusation
The excerpt below is from an article on AmeriCorps in Freedom Daily, a publication of the Future of Freedom Foundation. The full article is at http://www.fff.org/freedom/1100d.htm
If I am not mistaken (and contrary to what the official here says), about two-thirds of the 3 million child abuse accusations reported annually in the US are found to be unsubstantiated.
James Bovard, by the way, is a recent convert to our cause. Perhaps we can expect more from him in the future.
Stephen Baskerville, PhD Department of Political Science Howard University Washington, DC 20059 703-560-5138 202-806-7267 ******************** http://www.fff.org/freedom/1100d.htm
AmeriCorps: Salvation through Handholding by James Bovard, November 2000
Maximizing false accusation
AmeriCorps has provided more than $600,000 in aid for the Child Victim Rapid Response Program run by Florida's attorney general's office. This program sends 19 AmeriCorps recruits into schoolrooms to lecture about child abuse and domestic violence. The program's 1999 AmeriCorps grant application promised that, as a result of the program, "there will be an increase by 25 percent over last year in the number of incidents of child abuse reported ... as well as the number of domestic violence incidents reported to police by the student population." (The goal of a 25 percent increase in accusations was mentioned several places in the application.)
The grant application also set a goal of a 25 percent increase - from 331 to 415 - in the number of students and families served with emergency injunctions and child-custody orders as a result of AmeriCorps activism. Once the accusations have been made and parents dragged into the dock, AmeriCorps helps pay for the accusers' court costs, including the costs of a court reporter.
I called program director Cynthia Rodgers and asked whether there is any kind of safeguard in the system to avoid encouraging false accusations. Ms. Rodgers responded, "No. But if you look at reports out there, the number of false accusations is low - the criminal justice system, and the people who interview children, are very sophisticated, and certainly much more sophisticated than a child's mind."
However, Florida was the site of some of the worst child-abuse witch-hunts in recent decades, including the false child-abuse accusations in a case spearheaded by former Florida State Attorney Janet Reno's office and based on a bevy of absurd accusations coerced out of young children by psychiatrists. I asked how many of the charges of child abuse that resulted from AmeriCorps activism were "sustained" - i.e., how many of the parents were found guilty. Ms. Rodgers replied, "We would not even address that," and stated that she had no information on the results of the charges.
This practically implies that increasing the number of child accusations is in the public interest, regardless of whether the charges are valid. (False child-abuse accusations have become a national scandal in recent years.)
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