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Thanks to SJF and karmsy for bringing this to my attention.

California sisters suing state agencies for failing to stop years of their parents' sexual abuse
*Pastor tipped off parents before alerting CPS

Mark Wood...the pastor tipped off their parents days before calling police...afford[ing] them time to condition their daughters to lie to authorities.
*Parents abused kids for 16 days leading up to the CPS visit
For 16 days, until police sent CPS to the house Aug. 18, 1995, the sisters said they were beaten, starved, sleep-deprived and brainwashed on what to say to authorities.
*CPS never spoke to the children alone - always in the presence of the parents
The county social workers interviewed each of the girls as their mother held their hands so tight that her fingernails dug in their palms and their father was so close they could hear his breath, the sisters say.

They say they would have exposed their intimidating parents had they been given a chance to talk to someone away from them.

The father continued to abuse his daughters even after confessing to molestation
For the first six months of his probation, Bruce Dutro lived in an apartment near the family home. Glenda Lea Dutro moved in with him, leaving their daughters by themselves at the house with little food. Like many times in the course of their childhood, the Dutro girls were not enrolled in school.

At night, their mother would bring one of them to the apartment to have sex with their father. Had anyone from the county ever visited the house as they were supposed to, they would have at minimum learned that the girls were living without adult supervision, Runckel said.

How do children slip through the system like this?  Where were school officials? Look at these little innocent children...

The girls often were not enrolled in school and had limited contact with the outside world beyond their family's church. For some of them, the sexual abuse lasted into their early 20s.
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"It's time for our voices to be heard because I'm done with being a victim," Sarah Dutro said. "Children need to be protected, and if not by their parents, then who?"
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