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Monday, May 31, 1999


National Post

Abuse stats

Re: False Claims of Child Abuse Rampant (May 27).

I would like to thank the National Post for bringing this widespread abuse of the civil justice system to light. But just because allegations of child abuse are found to be "unprovable or deliberately false" in 30% of custody cases, this does not mean that the allegations were proven in 70% of the cases.

A review of the cases in the area demonstrates that in most cases the courts do not make a definite finding one way or the other and often will give effect in their custody and access orders to the mere suspicion that the allegation may be true.

We can therefore safely assume that the number of unfounded allegations is in fact far more than 30%.

Leonard D. Andrychuk, Barrister & Solicitor, Regina.

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