By Michael Doherty
Chairman, Children’s Rights Council of Illinois
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Child abuse, both physical and sexual, has declined significantly over the past 15 years thanks to a concerted effort by advocacy organizations, government agencies, and compassionate judges.
Another form of child abuse is still common, though. It involves the minimization of a child’s attachment to a parent through sometimes subtle manipulation.
This insidious form of child abuse, called Parental Alienation, can have serious long-term mental health impacts ranging from chronic insecurity to depression and tragically, even suicide.