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Often in the English language, words have more than one definition.  We will place words here which have  meanings specific to child abuse and or legal terms.

ac•cu•sa•tion

Pronunciation: (ak"yoo-zā'shun), [key]
n.
1. a charge of wrongdoing; imputation of guilt or blame.
2. the specific offense charged: The accusation is murder.
3. the act of accusing or state of being accused

 
al•le•ga•tion

Pronunciation: (al"i-gā'shun), [key]
n.
1. the act of alleging; affirmation.
2. an assertion made with little or no proof.
3. an assertion made by a party in a legal proceeding, which the party then undertakes to prove.
4. a statement offered as a plea, excuse, or justification.

child 
 
       an unemancipating  human being under the age of eighteen
 
 

child' abuse"


mistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian, including neglect, beating, and sexual molestation.

 

child-bat•ter•ing

Pronunciation: (chīld'bat"ur-ing), [key]
n.
the physical abuse of a child by a parent or guardian, as by beating.

de•fend•ant

Pronunciation: (di-fen'dunt or, esp. in court for 1, -dant), [key]
n. 
Law.a person, company, etc., against whom a claim or charge is brought in a court (opposed to plaintiff).

one who is alleged to have committed something  is a defendant

a plaintiff is require to prove the defendant is guilty of the alleged offense in order for the defendant to be considered guilty

false

Pronunciation: (f˘ls), [key]
adj., fals•er, fals•est,
adv.


adj.
1. not true or correct; erroneous: a false statement.
2. uttering or declaring what is untrue: a false witness.
3. tending to deceive or mislead; deceptive: a false impression. 


adv.
1. dishonestly; faithlessly; treacherously: Did he speak false against me?
2. play someone false, to betray someone; be treacherous or faithless
 
False allegation
 
making an allegation against another knowing it is not true

par•ent

Pronunciation: (pÔr'unt, par'-),
[key]
n.
1. a father or a mother.
2. a protector or guardian.
v.t.
to be or act as parent of: to parent children with both love and discipline.

 

plain•tiff

Pronunciation: (plān'tif), [key]
n. Law.
a person who brings suit in a court (opposed to defendant
 
a plaintiff makes a complaint about the defendant

pro•tect

Pronunciation: (pru-tekt'), [key]
v.t.
1. to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.
 
 
protective parent
 
a parent or one acting in a parental role such as foster parent, adoptive parent, grandparent, mother or father who attempts to defend and protect a child against harm from another,

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