Parents in Del. Child Sex Abuse Case Face Dilemma


Lewes, DE: February 26, 2010 – As investigators work to identify more than 100 children allegedly abused by a Delaware pediatrician, some families are struggling with whether to find out if their children are among the victims.

Authorities want parents of 56-year-old Dr. Earl Bradley’s patients to provide photographs to compare with videos they claim Bradley used to document his sexual abuse.

Some parents have decided not to provide the photographs, saying their children seem fine and there’s nothing to gain from finding out if they were abused.

But authorities say they have an obligation to help victims, and that children with no symptoms of abuse could have memories that surface later.

One expert says it is usually best to determine whether abuse has happened, but that parents should not be coerced or pressured.