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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.

The Leadership Council is available to file Amicus Briefs in civil, criminal and family court cases. Click here to learn more.

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Apr 16, 2018: The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma I never got any help, any kind of therapy. I never told anyone
by Junot Díaz (The NewYorker)

Feb 2, 2018: Press Conference Feb 7, 2018:  Failing Child Sexual Abuse Victims & Protecting Their Predators: Family Courts are as Guilty as Michigan State, US Olympic Officials, and Penn State.

Dec. 1, 2017: Time Person of the Year - "The Silence Breakers" — women who triggered a # MeToo national outcry over sexual harassment

Dec. 4, 2017: Sexual Harassment Toxic To Mental, Physical Health
by Dennis Thompson (WebMD)

Nov. 30, 2017: She Didn’t Fight Back: 5 (Misguided) Reasons People Doubt Sexual Misconduct Victims by Shaila Dewan (NYTs)

The Leadership Council responds to popular "Custody Myths"

How Many Children Are Court -Ordered Into Unsupervised Contact With an Abusive Parent After Divorce?

Have a problem with abuse and custody or visitation? Take our survey.

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Issues we are currently involved in:


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.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with a representative regarding our organization, please e-mail us.

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

Pat Conroy for his major contributions over the course of his life time. His numerous books have enhanced the public’s understanding and compassion for the impact of interpersonal violence within the family and other major societal institutions.

healing the fractured child

Healing the Fractured Child: Diagnosis and Treatment of Youth With Dissociation
 by Frances S. Waters DCSW LMSW LMFT

Witchhunt Narrative
Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Child Custody

Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D. and Barry Goldstein, J.D, Eds. (2010)
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