sex abuse/ legal procedures

Latasha - posted on 04/12/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 9 year old daughter was molested by my husband last year. She told me about it about 6 months ago. I immediately made a police report. I confronted my husband and he admitted to everything and turned himself in to the police where he confessed on tape. My daughter was taken to a place where they interview children and do physical exams and told her story which was also recorded. I got her into therapy asap and in the last few months she has made amazing progress with her therapist and at home. I have filed for a divorce and have had no contact with him since the day he turned himself in with the exception of being at his court hearings ( I don't speak to him). He had his arraignment last week and plead not guilty. I am more than willing to go to trial against him myself, however am completely terrified for my daughter to face him. The legal people working this case ( the lawyers, and district attorneys, etc.) are telling me that my daughter will have to testify in front of him even though they have her statement and his confession already and that if I refuse to have her testify, that child protective services will more than likely take my kids and I will go to jail. I am scared for my daughter. I'm afraid putting her in a court room will cause her to have a relapse in her progress and cause more stress and fear than she already has. My question is, does anyone have any advice on this? Do I HAVE to make her face him? How necessary is it that she testify when they have what they need to convict him? Where can I go for support?

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Michelle - posted on 04/12/2014

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It would be best to see a lawyer. Any advice given here could be wrong and if you follow the wrong advice it could be detrimental to you keeping your children.

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