Institutes for the Proper Protocols of Forensic Interviews with Children Involved in Sex Abuse Cases
An interview with a fellow inmate in the same situation as Jonathan
Q: Do you believe Owen's House conducted the interview properly, according to the standards set forth by the 4 Institutes?
A: “Absolutely not! Here's why:
- Winston Co. DHR Supervisor: Arrived at the trailer after the officer called for assistance and also witnessed the squalor and that all 3 children were alone. Told Jonathan to come get Armida, only to suddenly change her mind once Melissa arrived on the scene. After Melissa arrived, the sex abuse claim materialized.
- Winston Co DHR Case Worker: Told Jonathan that Melissa was being investigated and that she “couldn't believe Melissa wasn't arrested” however, it was Jonathan that was investigated and arrested while Melissa never was.
- Owen's House, Forensic Interviewer: Melissa drove Armida to meet the interviewer (at least an hour drive which would give Melissa more time to "coach" Armida). Presently it is “widely known” that Owen's House does not follow protocols for forensic interviews set by:
-National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse
-American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
-National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
-National Child Protection Training Center
These four places created an adopted protocol that, when watching the videotaped interview, one can clearly see and hear, was not followed. Aside from this, Jonathan has personally met with another inmate who is going through the exact same situation as him (scornful ex-wife who coerced his daughter to falsely accuse him of sex abuse) and the Owen's House interview of that inmate's daughter is simply revolting in the way it was conducted. Above this, Owen's House is named after the DA of the county and is funded by the the DA's office, which clearly shows bias against the accused.
Imagine if this was your husband, father, uncle, brother, son. We plead anyone reading this to please help. Today, your words, your voice, your action, could make a change. In conclusion, here are some thoughts to ponder:
- Recognizing Sex Abuse
None of these behaviors were exhibited by her when she was with us.
- Stop It Now
Signs of abuse and what you can do if it's suspected.
- False Allegations of Sex Abuse and What Can Be Done
I have witnessed several of the scenarios, and it spells out exactly what we are going through. No allegations of accusations were ever made until we called to report Melissa's neglect, no medical exam was performed, and no counseling was recommended by DHR.
- Taint Hearings and Strategies in Child Sex Cases
"While there has been a disagreement among researchers over the degree of child suggestibility, there is still an overwhelming consensus that children are extremely suggestible and that interviewers can manipulate these children in saying something that is completely inaccurate. " This is a great article by a local lawyer solidifying what we already know about coercion of a child.
- Questioning Strategies for Forensics Interviews of Children
Owen's House did NOT follow these strategies, and was extremely suggestive using leading questions. It is also funded by the county DA.
- The Taint Hearing
"The New Jersey Supreme Court in State v. Michaels in 1994 created a procedure allowing defense attorneys to request a pretrial "taint" hearing to challenge the investigative interviews of the children."