Whose Failure to Protect?
It should be easy to protect women and children from abuse.
In each state, there is a code with which someone can be charged that involves failing to protect a child. This means that Parent A “knew or reasonably should have known” that Parent B or a Third-Party is harming the child through any number of ways (physically, sexually, even emotionally). So if the County or State learns that Parent B or a Third-Party is harming the child, and Parent A “knew or reasonably should have known” about the harm, the County or State can remove the child from Parent A’s custody and charge them with a crime.
This is a scary prospect, but seems reasonable. Parents should protect their children. Shouldn’t they? So what happens then, when Parent A leaves Parent B due to domestic violence, sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence, etc. and takes the child in an effort to protect them as supported by the law?
The family court system calls you a “restrictive gatekeeper” and maybe even a participant in the bogus claim of “parental alienation” if the child reacts negatively towards their abusive Parent B. You are labeled “high-conflict” and “emotional” and “angry about the end of the relationship.” You are then forced to either: 1. back off your concerns about the abuse you experienced in your home or 2. be ordered to have supervised visitation with the child you were attempting to protect, lest you (continue to) brainwash them while their abusive Parent B holds sole custody.
So. Whose “failure to protect” is that? (COMING SOON)
Alabama FTP law
Alaska FTP law
Colorado FTP law
California FTP law
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