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NOTE AND COMMENT: LEGAL AND SCIENTIFIC ISSUES SURROUNDING VICTIM RECANTATION IN CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CASES
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW
24 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 779
Cylinda C. Parga
A man receives a 45-year prison sentence after a jury convicts him of sexually abusing his children. 1 Society is safer for him being behind bars. His children are safer for him being behind bars. Or are they? The man's eldest son comes forward saying his father never touched him, that he has made a horrible mistake that has sent his father to prison. The man's daughter also denies her previous story of abuse and says her father never touched her. The children tell their story to anyone who will listen, anyone they think can help them get their father out of prison. At first they think it will be easy-and why shouldn't they? If it was their allegations that sent their father to prison, surely telling people those allegations were false will get him released. After talking to several people they believe should care about their story, the reality of their situation becomes clear: no one does care about what they have to say. No one cares about their declarations that their father never hurt them-at least, no one with any power to help them. No one listens to their protestations that an innocent man is spending the majority of his life in prison. No one cares that their father has been wrongly and forever branded as one of the worst kinds of criminals-a child molester. The children become frustrated. They find the uncaring reactions of people who are supposed to be interested in ...
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