Legal

One of CHILD USA’s primary missions is to end the child sex abuse statutes of limitation (“SOLs”) that have held back victims from justice and healing. They have also blocked the public from learning what it needs to know to prevent abuse to children. We have a tremendous amount of information about the laws themselves, current developments, and the SOL reform movement on our website at www.childusa.org/law.

This category in our library is intended to provide another angle on the legal issues that are involved in the child sex abuse universe. We have included books by lawyers in the trenches, online resources aimed at educating lawmakers and policymakers about various legal issues, and other law-centered resources. There are also some resources for lawyers in the field from leading experts like Prof. Kathleen Faller.

To be sure, everything on CHILD USA’s portal interfaces with law and public policy in some way and so you will also find discussions relevant to the legal side of child sex abuse in our other categories, from Survivors to Parents and the contexts of Religious, Sports and the Arts, and Schools.

Indeed, one of my favorite law professors at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Seth Kreimer, would frequently say in class, “The law is a seamless web.” In a constitutional democracy with emerging rights for children and survivors, that is a fact about this portal! But the law is also intertwined with the battle for these rights in many different spaces. So I urge the lawyers visiting our portal to look beyond this category to all of the other categories as well.

I hope you will find this section inspiring and enlightening.

— Prof. Marci Hamilton, Founder/CEO of CHILD USA

Books

Our selected books are typically available in public and/or university libraries. The link provided is a path to purchase if you so choose.

Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein by Bradley Edwards

Written by a lawyer who has represented Epstein’s victims for over a decade, this book discusses the case against Jeffrey Epstein and the system that supported him.

Interviewing Children About Sexual Abuse by Kathleen Coulborn Faller

Written by a leading expert on child sexual abuse, this book analyzes the research on assessing child sexual abuse.

Seeking Justice in Child Sexual Abuse by Karen Staller and Kathleen Coulborn Faller

This book uses a critical case study to analyze St. Mary’s county unique approach to handling accusations of child sexual abuse.

Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect its Children by Marci Hamilton

Written by a leading child sexual abuse scholar, this book discusses the rationale for eliminating arbitrary statutes of limitation for childhood sexual abuse.

When a Child Kills: Abused Children who Kill Their Parents by Paul Mones

An attorney who specializes in defending children explains why some children are driven to kill their parents and offers solutions to the abuses that lead to such tragedies.

An Antidote for Injustice: A New Paradigm for Winning “Old” Sexual Abuse Cases Against Complicit Private Schools by Thomas Kevin Mulhearn

A child sexual abuse attorney argues that schools should face legal accountability for covering up sexual assaults of children in their care.

God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty

Clergy sex abuse, polygamy, children dying from faith healing, what do all of these have in common? They are all examples of religious believers harming others and demanding religious liberty regardless of the harm.

Prosecuted But Not Silenced: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children by Maralee McLean

A powerful documentary about a mother and daughter’s tragic involvement with the judicial system.

Articles

 

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Secrecy and the Underpinnings of Cycles of Child Sex Abuse in Religious Organizations chapter by Marci Hamilton

This chapter examines the beliefs mandating secrecy, which have created and perpetuated cycles of child sex abuse within mainstream and fundamentalist religions.

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The Time Has Come for a Restatement of Child Sex Abuse by Marci Hamilton

This article details some of the relevant topics that a Restatement on Child Sex Abuse Law should address.

Broken Trust: Getting Justice for a Sexually Groomed and Sexually Abused Young Athlete by Andrew J. Leger Jr. and Daniel Pollack

This article describes the legal advocacy skills a plaintiff’s attorney needs to conduct a lawsuit and bring it to a conclusion, all the while being highly sensitive to the client’s unique psychological needs.

Beyond Paroline: Ensuring Meaningful Remedies for Child Pornography Victims at Home and Abroad by Binford, W. et al.

This scholarly article discusses legal solutions for child pornography victims.

Report to Congress: Federal Child Pornography Offenses (December 2012) by the USSC

This report is the result of the United States Sentencing Commission’s examination of child pornography cases of offenders sentenced under federal sentencing guidelines.

Online Resources

 

The Childhood Adversity Narratives

The purpose of this Narrative is to help inform policy makers and the public about the costs and consequences of child maltreatment and adversity.

Canadian Centre for Child Protection – Child Pornography Survivors’ Survey

This report discusses research aimed at learning about child abuse experiences and determining proper policy, legislative, and therapeutic changes for survivors.

Towards a Global Indicator on Unidentified Victims in Child Sexual Exploitation Material (ECPAT)

Summary of “Towards a Global Indicator on Unidentified Victims in Child Sexual Exploitation Material” study.