Prosecuted But Not Silenced

Maralee Mclean 1602385281083


20th Century (multiple decades)

Maralee McLean

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National and International Crisis for Women and their Children.. The Last Taboo..Systemic failure to protect sexually abused children. Case study of a crime that is rampant an family courts failing and failing miserably.... 58,000 children a year are court ordered to live with their abuser.



Short Summary

BOOK REVIEW by Ken Poehner One must have compelling reasons to write a book no one would want to write, about an experience no one would want to live through. In Maralee McLean’s Prosecuted But Not Silenced emerges a harrowing tale of a protective mother’s

Why We Need Education In Our Family Courts For Sexually Abused Children, is a powerful documentary about one mother and daughter’s tragic involvement with the judicial and legal systems when there were allegations of child sexual abuse. A tragedy and full of a systemic failure for protecting child


Nationally and Internationally

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Tragedy,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Incest,Sexual Abuse,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Maralee McLean

Age: 25- 40

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Naive,Sexy,Religious,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Romantic,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Ami

Age: 0-30


Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Engaging,Faithful,Naive,Insecure,Educated,Obedient,Religious,Selfless,Skillful,Funny,Romantic,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

“Prosecuted but Not Silenced” is a riveting account of a mother’s courageous efforts to protect her child from incest, while battling a dysfunctional, and hostile family court system. Her experience contains key elements of all the worst cases I have ever dealt with or written about, but even for someone who is familiar with how these cases play out, this book still has the power to shock, and to remind the reader that we have a long way to go to fix the problem. Maralee is a skilled writer -- able to convey complex, painful information in a clear manner, focusing on what is relevant and at the same time making it emotionally compelling. She has conveyed and captured not only the deficits in our system of child protection -- but more subtly -- the portrait of an abuser and his seduction of key players in the system to his advantage -- a pattern that we find repeatedly in cases involving failure to protect a child from incest. Above all, what stands out is her strength -- to have come through this experience and survived -- and to have brilliantly strategized maintaining a relationship with her daughter through all of this horror. It is a must read for protective mothers and their advocates, as well as policy-makers who want to bring about meaningful change.

About The Author

Maralee McLeanMARALEE MCLEAN is a child advocate, domestic violence expert, national professional speaker, and author of PROSECUTED BUT NOT SILENCED: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children. Maralee has written several articles for the ABA Child Law Journal, Women’s E-News, Ms. Magazine and many other publications on the problems of family courts not protecting abused children. Maralee is with Women’s Media Center (WMC), SheSourceExpert, NPEIV (National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence) and is with APB Speakers and RAINN speaker bureau, Child USA ambassador. She speaks at conferences, law schools and is a spokesperson for protective mothers. Her passion for advocacy developed through living a mother’s worst nightmare. Fighting the system with body and soul, she gained the insight that this was not her nightmare alone. She organized a National Rally of Mothers at the Colorado State Capitol and has been involved in legislative work that spans over two decades. She testified before Congress to promote judicial accountability to better protect sexually abused children’s rights in our courts. Maralee’s story has been covered by many media outlets and internationally on CNN.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



ISBN 9781683507802