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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.

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Apr 9 - Teen sues county for placing her in custody of sex offender
Have a problem with abuse and custody or visitation? Take our survey.
Oct. 14 - States must reform a system that too often awards custody to the abusive parent (read article)
Special Issue of the Journal of Child Custody: Domestic Violence Issues in Child Custody
According to a conservative estimate by experts at the Leadership Council, more than 58,000 children a year are ordered into unsupervised contact with physically or sexually abusive parents following divorce in the United States. (more)
The Leadership Council responds to popular "Custody Myths"

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Issues we are currently involved in:

Capital 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.

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

Martin Moran for his autobiography
The Tricky Part: A boy's story of sexual trespass, a man's journey to forgiveness

The Tricky Part

The movie Precious: Special thank you to Chyna Layne, who played Rhonda in Precious for accepting the award on behalf of the entire creative team and her inspiring remarks at the IVAT conference.
Also, a special thank you to Executive Producer Lisa Cortes who helped us coordinate our awards ceremony.

Tempest in the Temple
Jewish Communities and Child Sex Scandals

Amy Neustein, ed (2009)
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