On paper, failure to protect laws sound logical: Punish legal guardians who don’t intervene when their child is being abused. But the reality is far more complicated.

Some advocates say these laws have become a legal tool that scapegoats women – who often are abused themselves – for political gain. These charges have led to situations in which victims of abuse are sentenced to prison for decades longer than their alleged abusers.

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