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Monica Applewhite holds a Master’s of Science in Social Work and a Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work [all non-related to child abuse]. She has spent the past 22 years studying abuse and using her findings to help organizations prevent and respond to incidents and allegations of abuse. Dr. Applewhite has conducted root-cause analysis on approximately 1800 incidents of abuse in organizations [ARC finding of 1800 incidents of abuse within the Jehovah's Witness religion in Australia]. Root-cause analysis is a research method that allows an incident or accident to be traced back to triggers or circumstances that permitted the problem to occur – the “root cause.” In situations of abuse or maltreatment, an organization can use root-cause analysis to identify the points at which abuse could have been prevented or detected more quickly. Using the findings from hundreds of organizations, Dr. Applewhite has developed [unpublished] educational programs for children, parents, staff, and administrators, as well as recommendations for modifications to programs, policies, and facilities. She has assisted more than 300 organizations worldwide that serve children, youths, and vulnerable adults, including extensive on-site work with boarding and day schools, residential treatment programs, foster care, adoption, child care, mentorship programs, hospitals, child protective services, religious organizations [including Jehovah's Witnesses and Watchtower], family preservation services, kinship care, athletic and recreational programs, resident camps, day camps, waterparks, and pools.
In 2007, Dr. Applewhite began formally synthesizing her experience in organizations with an exhaustive [unpublished] review of the professional literature and historical documents so as to more clearly define the development of the standards of care for organizations to prevent and respond to the sexual abuse of children. Using state and federal law from the 1930s to today, available resources at the time, indicators of general public awareness, professional journals and books, as well as the body of knowledge regarding sexual offenders, effects and dynamics of abuse, treatment outcomes and the practices of similar organizations, Dr. Applewhite is able to provide clear answers [answers rejected byt the ARC] to the question of whether an organization did or did not meet the standards of care for prevention, detection, and response to abuse at the time. Dr. Applewhite has provided opinions and [unpublished or peer reviewed] reports regarding the standard of care in the civil litigation context in both a consultative and testifying capacity [including for Jehovah's Witnesses and Watchtower of which testimony was rejected by the ARC].