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“O” Magazine Publishes Article “No, Daddy, No”

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If a man gets caught molesting a child down the street, he'll get jail time.

If a father or step-father gets caught molesting a child living in his own house, he'll get probation and therapy.

This month, "O" Magazine takes on laws and family court systems that abuse children by failing to protect them from sexual predators in their own families. Jan Goodwin writes:

All across the country, legal loopholes let convicted incest offenders go home and crawl back into bed with their traumatized daughters and sons. Even in states were that's not the case, weak links in the judicial system often leave a child in the groping hands of the molesting parent. "In our culture, if you grow your own victim, you are legally protected, says Linda Davis, a licensed clinical social worker and the executive director of Survivors of Incest Anonymous (an international support organization). " If a stranger rapes a child, it's "Call the police, jail him, throw away the key." But if that same man rapes his daughter, its "Call the therapist, slap him on the wrist, let him go back and do it again."

To read the rest of the article, go here. For more information, check out:

Justice for Children
The Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence
Small Justice
Child Help
Mothers Against Sexual Abuse
Courageous Kids Network
California NOW on the Family Court
Protective Mother
California Protective Parents Association
California NOW Family Court Watch Program
Mothers of Lost Children
Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma
Stop Family Violence
Battered Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody Conference

Amy Hudock, Ph.D., is a writer, professor, and editor who lives in South Carolina with her family. She is the co-editor of the books Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined and American Women Prose Writers, 1820-1870. Her work has been anthologized in the Chicken Soup for the Soul and Cup of Comfort series, as well as in Torn: True Stories of Modern Motherhood, Ask Me About My Divorce, Mama, PhD, and Single State of the Union. She is a co-founder of Literary Mama. Her work has also appeared (or is scheduled to appear) in Skirt!, Equus, The Post and Courier, ePregnancy, and Pregnancy and Baby. She teaches creative writing at Trident Technical College. You can read more about her at her website.

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