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The most often asked question on this topic is: Why would a child accuse a parent of sexual abuse when it NEVER even happened?

ANSWER: "Because an allegation of sexual abuse against a parent, step-parent or other adult caretaker makes it almost a sure thing that the accusing parent will get sole custody while the accused parent will be prevented from having access to the child."

Still have questions about why a child may fabricate false allegations? CLICK HERE for more answers.

Let's Start With Some Background Information

Recent U.S. and Canadian census data estimate that approximately 50% of marriages will end in divorce. Of those, approximately 95% of divorces will be resolved either by agreement, through negotiations or with limited court intervention. However, the remaining five percent (5%) of contested divorces, will involve considerable litigation due to the level of acrimony, conflict and dysfunction between the parties involved.

Contested divorce cases involving children represent the most difficult, protracted and costly cases to resolve because the children are more than just the focal points in their parents' dispute. Instead, they become the bargaining chips in resolving their parents' dispute over assets, property, support or if nothing else, power and control. It is among these very challenging custody cases that varying degrees of the parental alienation syndrome (PAS) is often evident. In fact, a deliberate false allegation of sexual abuse made by a child of a parent is a common and very serious manifestation of the PAS. In most of these cases, the child is coached or guided in making the allegation by the other parent.

Here are Some Things You Need to Know About When You've Been Accused of Sexual Abuse

Telling the truth is simply NOT enough. There are two main reasons for this: 1)There is a common misperception held among some of those involved in protecting children's interests that children do not lie - especially about something as serious as sexual abuse. And, 2) when it comes to children's safety, the courts will always err on the side of caution. This being the case, it becomes more clear why telling the truth is simply not enough.

ince telling the truth is not enough, the accused and their attorney are faced with the following challenges: 1) proving that the allegations are false, 2) presenting a reasonable explanation for why the false allegations were made, and 3) demonstrating how the false allegations came to be. Meeting these challenges can be difficult for most - but certainly not impossible. What is required is the ability to piece the information together and to present it at trial in a way that is both understandable and convincing. This takes a skilled attorney who will build and present the case and an equally skilled consultant who will review, analyse and compile evidentiary material.

False allegations of sexual abuse are very serious. If they are not dealt with appropriately, these allegations could result in a permanent loss of access to one's children or worse yet, it could result in a prison term. Having the best resources are essential when someone is faced with false allegations of sexual abuse.

Were You Aware?

    • Most fathers who are falsely accused of sexual abuse believe that "telling the truth" is all that is needed to straighten things out. To find out why this could cause more harm than good - CLICK HERE

    • There is a particular profile for fathers who are accused of sexually abusing their children just as there is a profile for the mothers who are behind the allegation. To find out what these profiles are - CLICK HERE

  • Mothers are also at risk of losing custody due to false allegations of sexual abuse.To find out why - CLICK HERE


I’m Dr. Reena Sommer, a trial consultant specializing exclusively in high conflict custody cases which typically involve varying degrees of parental alienation and at times, false allegations of sexual abuse. Since the mid '90s, my mission has been to assist my clients and their children establish the most optimal relationship they are entitled to. My clients are located throughout the U.S. as well as Canada, Great Britain, Europe, India,Israel and Australia. I am looking to build relationships with other family law and criminal attorneys as well as potential clients who are looking for a trial consultant who will assist in moving their case in the direction it needs to go.

I bring a unique approach to my trial consulting work:

  • I take on the most challenging custody cases in attorneys'practises; the ones that are characterized by intractable conflict, difficult clients and those cases that seem to be going no where.
  • I restrict the number of cases I take on. This allows me and my colleagues to provide our clients with the type of attention they require and deserve. We generally offer 24 hr turnaround on most of our work.
  • The initial consultation is free.

Your inquiries are welcome.

Need More Information?

Everyone's concerns are unique. For that reason, Dr. Reena Sommer invites you to call her without obligation for a 15-minute consultation to receive some initial direction about your specific concerns. You can reach Dr. Sommer directly by calling her at 281.534.3923.

*FYI: False-Allegations.com and Dr. Reena Sommer & Associates PLLC only provides consultative and investigative services to individuals who have been "falsely" accused of sexual abuse.

Individuals who have engaged in any inappropriate conduct with any child should not seek our services.

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