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Special Segment (Child Abuse) #543370

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 05, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Plainfield, Virginia) Effort to have statute of limitations on child abuse lifted examined; Jean Smith's case cited as example [SMITH - describes father's molestation of her.] Franklin Smith's admission of allegations reviewed. [SMITH - explains suing her father.] Incest statistics outlined on screen, discussed. [Incest therapy group MBRS. - describe their psychological problems resulting from abuse.] Frequency of post-traumatic stress syndrome, similar to that suffered by Vietnam war vets., among incest victims noted. [Dr. Judith HERMAN - describes long-term psychological problems experienced by abuse victims.] [ACLU spokesperson Susan McGREIVY - explains argument for lifting statue of limitations.] [Former American Bar Association president Robert MESERVE - responds.] California court's decision allowing Ken Kaminson to bring stepfather to trial this year noted. [KAMINSON - explains his position.] [SMITH - hopes lawsuits will be deterrent.] REPORTER: Lisa Myers

Brokaw, Tom

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