Right now, there is a proposal before the U.S. House of Representatives to revise a law that currently provides immunity to those reporting suspected child abuse. The revision will broaden that immunity to cover child abuse professionals even when they assist investigators or testify against defendants in court. Doctors who give false, negligent, or unscientific testimony will be free from any repercussions.

Common sense should tell us no one should be free from accountability, and the suffering of the thousands of families torn apart by false accusations tell us just how important that accountability is.

We need your help to call or write your representative to vote NO on H.R.5955 – Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018.


If you need help writing, below is a pre-written letter for your convenience.



I am writing in regards to H.R.5955 – Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018. Please vote NO on this dangerous legislation.

Currently this law provides legal immunity to individuals who report cases of suspected child abuse. This reauthorization act expands that immunity to cover those who assist investigators or testify against a suspected child abuser.

Protecting heroes who fight child abuse is a wonderful idea. But speaking as someone who has seen the devastation that can be caused by the inaccurate testimony of child abuse pediatricians, I find this law deeply concerning.

 There are many doctors who promote ideas no longer supported by science, and these doctors wield incredible power in court. In cases where a child has not actually been abused but is suffering a medical condition, the unscientific testimony of a child abuse pediatrician is often the only “evidence” the prosecution can find against the defendant. The testimony of such well educated experts is often enough to sway a jury into convicting an innocent person.

If this law is passed, such doctors will face no consequences for their negligence and unscientific claims. They will be free to continue tearing apart family after family. No one should be above accountability, not even someone claiming to do something as noble as fight child abuse.

Thank you for considering my viewpoint. It is my sincere hope that you will protect justice and vote NO on the H.R.5955 – Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018.

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