I’m not going to quote anything from this article, because it’s a complicated issue that doesn’t break down into sound bites very well.
We all want the justice system to come down hard on anyone who is guilty of abusing a child, but proving that guilt is tricky when it requires, potentially, doing more harm to the child in order to get there.
Testifying is difficult. It’s supposed to be, because we want to get to the truth in any trial. Putting an already traumatized kid through that might not be what is actually best for them. But, that also might mean an abuser walks free.
There are no easy answers. Go read the whole thing –