Posted on July 21, 2008 by cupblog
ABC News Faith Matters
Marci Hamilton and Mark Chopko
Justice Denied author Marci Hamilton debates Mark Chopko, Attorney of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on civil Statues of Limitations — the focus of her book. Click the image to watch! Link opens in a new window.
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Posted on July 8, 2008 by cupblog
Book-TV on CSPAN-2 broadcast a recent lecture by Marci Hamilton at Princeton University. They were also kind enough to link back to the video!
Watch here >>
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Posted on June 27, 2008 by cupblog
Recent news media has swarmed over the high costs of Texas’ raid on the FLDS Zion ranch, and on placing hundreds of children in foster homes. What are the real costs, however? Crunch the numbers, says Marci Hamilton.
Recently, I debated Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff on NPR about his office’s failure to vigorously prosecute polygamists in his state, where it is well-known that underage girls are being subjected to polygamous marriage and underage sex. While Attorney General Shurtleff had to agree to the facts of the harm, his defense was that it is too expensive to pursue polygamists on child abuse charges. The headlines blaring the facts of the financial accounting in Texas — as if it were shocking that protecting children and defending litigation would cost money — provide an echo of such reasoning.
Abuse victims repeat the cycle. FDLS mothers are “single” mothers, collecting welfare on every child they have. Victims likely will not be as productive as they otherwise could be. Boys are dumped on corners. Studies in Minnesota have attempted to tackle the question of costs, but in her FindLaw column today, Marci argues that they’re much higher than the cost of enforcement.
The status quo [of non-enforcement] is not just a moral outrage, but also an irrational economic situation. The costs to society of sexual abuse are enormous: Victims suffer from drug addiction; alcoholism; mental illness, often rising to the level of disability; suicide, and broken marriages, and as workers may be less productive than they could have been. The harm does not just extend to the victims, but also to their families, their future families, and eventually the entire economy.
In 2007, Minnesota estimated the state’s costs of sexual violence in 2005 at almost $8 billion, or $1,540/resident. According to the report, moreover, these are a “fraction of the true costs.” Child sexual abuse was a significant component of the study; the costs of child sex abuse were deemed to average $184,000/victim, exceeding the cost of adult rape, which averaged $139,000/victim. And those are just the immediate costs arising out of a self-contained event of abuse, not the long-term and astronomical costs generated by continuing effects. Suffice it to say that, when we fail to deter or stop sexual abuse, we pay. A lot.
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Posted on June 13, 2008 by cupblog
Posted on May 29, 2008 by cupblog
Marci Hamilton finds that the state whose slogan is “Don’t Mess with Texas” messed up big time in their latest ruling regarding the custody of the children of the FLDS in Eldorado….
Last week, the Third Court of Appeals in Austin issued a very significant – and very seriously mistaken – ruling, In re Sara Steed et al.
The case involved 38 women from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), who challenged the state’s removal of all the children from their FLDS compound in Eldorado, Texas when authorities entered on the basis of reports that a 16-year-old girl was being physically and sexually abused.
They presented their dubious challenge as a petition for writ of mandamus – an extraordinary remedy that is only rarely granted. Yet the court ruled in favor of the women, and against the Texas child protection authorities.
That decision was not just wrong, but wrongheaded – for it applied the opposite approach to questions involving child abuse and religious entities than it should have: the court focused on religious belief while downplaying the actual conduct at issue. Fortunately, the state is now appealing to the Texas Supreme Court, and rightly so.
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