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
Mothers Against Sexual Abuse
Courageous Kids Network
California NOW on the Family Court
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