Women who make accusations of abuse in divorce cases are often labeled as having from “Parental Alienation Syndrome” (PAS) or “Malicious Mother Syndrome.” Neither term is professionally recognized nor found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. When adding “False Memory Syndrome” to this list of perpetrator-serving terms we have quite an array of labels to slap on a parent or an adult survivor with legitimate abuse claims. One website literally calls accusations of abuse a “disorder” which needs to be “treated.” Women who make claims of child abuse are labeled as “delusional.” 1
Women who bring about allegations of child sexual abuse are rarely suffering from some kind of mental disorder or unproven syndrome, they are either speaking the truth, somewhat aware of molestation going on in the home (but unsure of facts), or they are lying.
The American Psychiatric Association does not recognize any of these so-called syndromes and PAS was coined by Dr. Richard Gardner who is the same man who has stated some very alarming things about pedophilia and what would be considered as child abuse. (See FAQ Page) Dr. David Fassler, the chair of the APA’s Council on Children, Adolescent’s and Their Families, stated that PAS is “out of the mainstream and not generically accepted in the field.” 2
Other professionals have this to say, “On the basis of research that has been conducted so far, it is difficult to support an assertion that there are high rates of false allegations of sexual abuse consciously made by mothers in divorce situations.” 3 PAS was invented out of thin air in order to try and discredit women making claims in family court about their husbands having abused their child. Gardner, who helped invent the PAS theory, said himself that “probably over 95%” of sexual abuse allegations are legitimate. 4
2. Chicago Tribune, Eric Zorn Published April 18, 2002 Pop psychology has brutal role in family court
3. Kathleen Coulborn Faller, David L. Corwin and Erna Olafson in the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Advisor. http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2002/05/22/molestation/index.html The ultimate weapon: Pederastic priests, molesting fathers — charges of sexual abuse are everywhere these days. But a growing movement of aggrieved men claim the accusations have gotten out of hand, Chris Colin, Salon.com
4. Gardner, 1991, p. 7, 140