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Abusive PoliciesHow the American Child Welfare System Lost Its Way$
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Mical Raz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469661216

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469661216.001.0001

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Parents Anonymous and the Whitewashing of Child Abuse

Parents Anonymous and the Whitewashing of Child Abuse

(p.9) Chapter One Parents Anonymous and the Whitewashing of Child Abuse
Abusive Policies

Mical Raz

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter One examines the role of the advocacy group Parents Anonymous in defining, broadening and disseminating perceptions of child abuse. This group was highly influential and played a pivotal role in shaping Senator Walter Mondale’s (D-MN) approach to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. The chapter also examines the group’s use of federal funds and multiple allegations of fiscal irregularities. The chapter ends in an examination of Jolly K’s, the group’s founder, use of racist language that culminated in her termination from the group, tragically leading to her suicide.

Keywords:   Parents Anonymous, Advocacy, Child Abuse, Senator Walter Mondale, Jolly K, Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, Racist, Funds

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