Mothers who bury allegations of child sex abuse

Disturbing findings from Yale University:

“The mother’s state of denial has repercussions on the victim beyond the victim’s continued abuse. Indeed, studies indicate that a mother’s denial of the fact of incestuous abuse may, in addition to aggravating the trauma of the abuse, have more damaging psychological effects than the abuse itself. One victim of long-term incest was hospitalized for severe depression with psychotic features. Therapy later revealed that the most troublesome issue for her was not the psychological consequences of the incestuous abuse, but rather the anger she harbored toward her mother for repeatedly witnessing the incestuous abuse and subsequently denying all knowledge of its occurrence during court hearings.” – Christine Adams

As the paper asks, should the state impose criminal liability on women who fail to protect their children?

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