Maralee Mclean Prosecuted but Not Silenced

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Prosecuted but Not Silenced

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'A powerful documentary about a mother and daughter's tragic involvement with the judicial system when there were allegations of child sexual abuse. This riveting book is a must read for all those working in the fields of domestic violence, child abuse, or child trauma so they can realize what does occur even today. It is important to ensure that all judges, attorneys, mental health professionals, medical personnel, child custody evaluators, and social workers are trained in the dynamics of such maltreatment so that there are no more situations like what happened to Maralee and her daughter.'

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About the Author:

Maralee McLean is a child advocate speaker, protective mother, and author of Prosecuted But Not Silenced. Maralee’s passion for child advocacy developed over two decades of living a mother’s worse nightmare. Fighting the system both body and soul, she gained the insight that this was not her nightmare alone. She organized a National Rally of Mothers at the Capitol and is involved in legislative work on the task force for the Colorado Children’s Code appointed by the Governor. Maralee has testified before Congress to promote judicial accountability to better protect sexually abused children’s rights in our courts. She is with APB speaker bureau, Women’s Media Center and she has spoken at several law schools and conferences. Her story has been covered by many local media outlets and internationally on CNN.

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STOP CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE * STOP COURT OVERSIGHT OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE *  
STOP OFTEN LINKED CHILD ABUSE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE * STOP LOOKING AWAY * 
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Prosecuted But Not Silenced: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children, written by  
Maralee McLean, calls our hearts and minds to sharp attention. We simply cannot look away from 
this reality, from this clear cut example of what can take place in and within all too common poorly 
Far to often informed,flawed,  biased,  and  at  times  evendishonest  judicial  and  legal  processes.  
Frequently these processes and their professional participants actually enable the perpetration, and 
virtualprotection  of  the  perpetration,  of  childsexual  abuse.  Too  often,  we  findcomplete misunderstandings,and  at  times  even  purposeful  blurringsand  distortions,  of  parental  rights, parentalprotections,  child  abuse,  intimate  partnerabuse,  accompanied  by  wobbly  definitional shellssuch  as  the  odd,  risky  and  mostfrequently  fallaciously  applied  "parentalalienation 
syndrome" concept that has emerged.  
 
Here,in this daring, disturbing,  and  inplaces  immensely  wrenching,  book  by  MaraleeMcLean,we are taken on the abuse and litigation of abuse journey of author Ms. McLean and her daughter. And 
whata  bloody  path  we  tread  here,  apath  fraught  with  double  binds,  tricktwists,  traps,and impossible choices. How does an abused woman who is a mother choose between the risk of losing 
custodyon  the  one  hand,  and  the  riskof  further  sexual  abuse  of  her  childif  she  stays  with  the parent abusing herchild.  How  does  this  woman  make  herway  through  through the web of sloppy, inadequate, nonsenscal, uninformed poorly administered, and cruelly denied justice? 
 
As Ms. McLean writes, "A mother's first instinct is to protect her child, and when the means and the 
powerto  do  this  are  stripped  unjustlyfrom a  mother,  there  are  no  wordsto  describe  the  constant heartachethat  is  felt  as  each  day  passesby."  McLean  tells  us  "my  heart  wasripped  out  every  time myprecious  little  girl  told  me  andothers  what  most  people  would  describeas  unimaginable."  The abusethis  child  experienced  is  indeed  difficultto  want  to  know  about,  and  yetwe  must  pay 
attention to the reality that some children do indeed endure such abuse. We also must pay attention 
tothe  terribly  inadequate  response  to  thisabuse  displayed  by  some  courts,  evaluators,clinicians, law enforcement officials, and other professionals. 
 
For the most part, society's eyes are closed, shut, to the reality that too many courts do not protect 
theinnocent  from injury  or  further  injury.Rather,  the  courts  too  frequently  risk,and  sometimes evenexacerbate  further,  injury  of  the  innocent.We  cannot  tell  ourselves  this  sort  ofthing  is not taking place. We cannot say that our system of justice protects us from the tragic failures of justice 
thesemisunderstandings,  blurrings  and  distortionspromote.  We  are  talking  about human lives here.  
 
 
Dr. Angela Browne-Miller 
DrAngela.com * DrAngela@DrAngela.com 
Editor, Violence and Abuse in Society: Understanding a Global Crisis 
Author, For Knowing No Hurt No Harm: Hidden, Subtle and Obvious Aspects of Intimate and OtherPartner 

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