Imagine an organization using a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that was crafted and written in the 80′s. Also imagine that organization firmly rejecting any new material that may discredit its old material. Imagine that organization being tasked to discern between fact and faction as far as abuse allegations are concerned. You no longer have to imagine, it exists in Loudoun County in the shape of CPS and Sandra Glenney. As an example, required Social Worker training course, CWS 2031 teaches that the Child Abuse Accommodation Syndrome is valid and is supported by science. CAAS, as it is abbreviated, is rejected in many Courtrooms as it fails to attain the level of credible science. It is disturbing that that Social Workers in Virginia embrace it. What is noticeably absent from their required documentation is the numerous exonerations of those falsely accused in 80′s. Also missing are the lessons learned from the 80′s. It is the 80′s all over again in Loudoun County.
In Loudoun County, the mentality of CPS and its ring leader Sandra Glenney are stuck in the past. A common misconception emerged from cases in the 80′s and the daycare hysteria; children do not make up sexual abuse accusations . It is common knowledge by most attorney’s in Loudoun County that Sandra Glenney will believe any abuse story, she lacks the critical thinking skills to decipher between fact and fiction. Accordingly she will seek out a psychologist to reinforce her belief. As in he 80′s , an accusation can easily form into an avalanche with willing believers. In Loudoun, there will be no shortage of willing believers.
With that said, I want the reader to become familiar with Kyle Zirpolo, an accuser in the infamous McMartin Scandal of the 80′s . There have been many miscarriages of justice, the McMartin Scandal ranks as one of the worst. It highlighted the issues with zealous child interviewers and mental health professionals selected by the Court. It also illustrates the failure of the Court to keep junk science out of the CourtRoom. The following article describes the case.
By the spring of 1984, Kyle and scores of other children were talking about school employees who had drugged them and touched their genitals, made them play sex games in the nude, used them as models in kiddie porn, and forced them to watch pet rabbits, mice and turtles being killed.
Eventually, Kyle admitted that his story was fabricated as he was under significant pressure by his parents, police and investigators to make accusations.
He always knew his stories of abuse were made up. The adults at the McMartin Pre-School “never did anything to me, and I never saw them doing anything,” he says today. “I said a lot of things that didn’t happen. I lied.
Kyle , with his honesty, punctures a strongly held belief by a majority of Child Protection Workers. This is a strongly held belief by Sandra Glenney and Loudoun CPS to be sure. As the accused is being emotionally abused and hauled through the Court System, this will include Juvenile Domestic Court and the Circuit Court. You will be asked on the stand by Glenney, “how do you explain the accusations?”
My advice to you, is to give the example of Kyle Zirpolo and the McMartin scandal. There is a very high probability that she will not be aware of the McMartin scandal and that Kyle Zirpolo said “I’m sorry” for making false accusations. Keep I mind that Glenney’s chosen psychologist will not be aware of Mr. Zirpolo’s statements. The following statement is one where Dr. Mary Lindahl , a frequent expert witness, for Sandra Glenney will completely disagree with.
It was an ordeal. I remember thinking to myself, “I’m not going to get out of here unless I tell them what they want to hear.”
Your child is a victim, not of abuse, but of poorly trained social workers , overzealous investigators and a very unethical Assistant County Attorney.