Child abuse can have damaging effects not only on the victims, but also on the families and community as they must address the aftermath of abuse. School staff, family members, friends and neighbors all play important roles in preventing and responding to child abuse. When the issue of child abuse is not taken seriously or even disregarded, this can lead to further damaging effects on the social and emotional well-being of the victims and victims families.
Several reports, including a reinvestigation led by the Nassau County District Attorney of Jesse Friedman’s case, for which film director Andrew Jarecki used as the subject of his controversial film, “Capturing the Friedmans,” indicate that Jarecki had no regard for the victims or victims families involved in the case. The Leadership Council reported:
“Our research into the case shows that the director [Andrew Jarecki] of the film sacrificed truth in favor of creating artistic ambiguity. Clear evidence is omitted and facts are distorted. In addition, the film relies on popular but erroneous myths about child sexual abuse. As a result, uncertainty is created about the guilt of two confessed pedophiles — who are recast as victims — while the real victims — the boys and their families — are portrayed as untrustworthy.”
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During the month of April, several events and activities took place across the country to raise awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Although the awareness month has come to a close, you can support families and protect children all year round. Even the smallest acts can help protect children, strengthen families, promote traits that help protect families and prevent the abuse and neglect of children.