In Los Angeles County, a man known to the public only as “J.J.,” was accused of molesting his 14-year-old daughter. Even though the girl later recanted and her father never prosecuted, a juvenile court judge decided that sexual abuse had occurred in the home and took 5 children away from their father, according to CA Welfare & Institutions Code §300.
Child abuse – especially sexual abuse – is a serious matter and children who are at risk within their own homes certainly ought to be removed and offered an alternative, safe place to grow up. But what happens when the father in a family is accused of sexually abusing a daughter? What happens to the sons? Should there, in other words, be consideration taken for the gender of a child when determining whether to remove them from the home? Many scholars on the subject have argued that boys are at a much lower risk than girls for being sexually abused than other girls in a sexually abusive home.
The California Supreme Court has recently determined that in a home where there has been even suspected abuse, all children should be removed – even if that means splitting up a family or sending these children to foster care. In fact, this decision is left up to the specific judge in each case and they are allowed to use their own judgment. So, beyond this being a question of whether or not boys should remain in a home where a young girl has been abused, this is also a question as to whether or not courts should have the right to make decisions that affect families so seriously.
Domestic violence is a problematic situation. Numerous cases of domestic violence take place within a family unit. As a result, the legal process can be messy. In some situations, someone may accuse a family member of domestic violence, only to try to recant their statement later. What does this mean? How is a domestic violence […]
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Children are among the most vulnerable members of the population, and they deserve to be protected. That is why child endangerment laws are in place. They have been put in place to protect children, and a charge of child endangerment can be severe. If you or a loved one get charged with child endangerment, it […]