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Welcome. . . The Leadership Council is a nonprofit independent scientific organization composed of respected scientists, clinicians, educators, legal scholars, and public policy analysts. We are committed to providing professionals and lay persons with the latest scientific information on issues that may affect the public's health and safety. We also seek to correct the misuse of psychological science to serve vested interests or justify victimizing vulnerable populations -- especially abused and neglected children.

The Leadership Council is available to file Amicus Briefs in civil, criminal and family court cases. Click here to learn more.

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Feb. 11, 2014: Download talk by Dr. Silberg on the Kathleen Dunn Show about how theWoody allen and Dylan Farrow story illustrates problems in family court. http://www.wpr.org/shows/troubled-family-courts-and-child-sexual-abuse

Feb 11, 2014: What Can We Learn from The Accusations Against Woody Allen?

Jan. 24, 2014: Do courts use a controversial theory to punish mothers who allege abuse?

Jan. 22, 2014: Supreme Court weighs how much one person should pay pornography victim Washington Post,

Jan 2014: Rates of child maltreatment substantiation by state. Based on figures released for 2012.

Oct 3, 2013: Updated review of research on PAS/PA released by VAWNET

Sept 12, 2013: The National Institute of Medicine released a report finding that child abuse can alter the brain and the harm can last for life. See New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research

July 13, 2013: How Googling Unmasks Child Abuse (The New York Times)
The contrast between the search data and the reported data tells a sad story about social services in this country. Just when more children are searching for help, we decimate the budgets of the very people who might actually do something to protect them.

June 24, 2013: Report: “Jesse Friedman Was Not Wrongfully Convicted.” A new report affirms the 1988 child sexual abuse conviction of Jesse Friedman. (more). The report supports the analysis of the case done by the Leadership Council

June 24, 2013: Teenager’s 1988 Sexual-Abuse Conviction Was Justified, Report Says (The New York Times)

Mar 5, 2013: Home is Where the Harm is (New York Times Op-ed by Joan Meier)

The Leadership Council responds to popular "Custody Myths"

How Many Children Are Court -Ordered Into Unsupervised Contact With an Abusive Parent After Divorce?

Have a problem with abuse and custody or visitation? Take our survey.

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Issues we are currently involved in:


Educating Lawmakers and the Courts
The LC has taken an active role in educating the public, judicial officers and the media about issues related to child abuse and interpersonal violence. We are also working hard to limit the introduction of pseudoscience in the courtroom.

child's faceCountering Misinformation in the Academic Arena
Researchers affiliated with the Leadership Council, Stanford University and Texas A&M University found serious problems and misrepresentations in a study that has been heralded as providing scientific support for relaxing social and legal prohibitions against sex with children.

Providing Accurate Information to the Media
Members of the Leadership Council's scientific and professional advisory board are available to to comment on scientific and legal issues related to child abuse and interpersonal violence.

EducatorEducating Professionals
Members of the Leadership Council's scientific and professional advisory board regularly write articles and books and present at professional conferences.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with a representative regarding our organization, please e-mail us.

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Congratulations to this year's winners of the LC's Distinguished Service Award For Excellence in the Media:


Robin Sax, Martin Burns and Gina Silva of Fox 11 News in Los Angeles for
Damon's Story - Lost In The System

NYTs cover

Emily Bazelon for her article "The Price of a Stolen Childhood"
The New York Times Jan. 24, 2013

Blind to Betrayal
Blind to Betrayal
Why We Fool Ourselves We Aren't Being Fooled

by Jennifer Freyd and Pamela Birrell
Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Child Custody

Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D. and Barry Goldstein, J.D, Eds. (2010)
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