Created By: rt2012 on May 31, 2012 Last Edited By: Pichu-kun on December 4, 2014

They Molested Me

Kids try to get their way by claiming child abuse

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If a kid is a particularly Spoiled Brat, he or she will sometimes try to avoid punishment or get their way by accusing their parents of abuse, physical or sexual.

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Examples:

Comedy
  • Stand-up comedian Russell Peters is famous for his material involving corporal punishment. As a kid, his dad would beat him and preclude each beating with "Somebody gonna get a hurt real bad". One time, he threatened to call child services on his dad, which backfired when his dad called his bluff.

Literature
  • In Seekers of the Sky, Marcus attempts to scare off Ilmar while they are on a prison ship by threatening to accuse him of molestation in front of other convicts (which never goes well for the molester). However, Ilmar quickly convinces him that they are better off working together to escape.

Visual Novels
  • Played very dramatically in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Tatarigoroshi. Satoko once did this to her second step-father when she was little because she couldn't accept him. After his death however, she starts to suffer very real psychological abuse from her aunt, and her attempt to call child services backfires horribly. Then it is inverted: when she is abused physically by her uncle and her friends call the services, she dismisses the social workers, saying there is nothing wrong.

Western Animation
  • South Park is the Trope Namer, as this happens quite often in the show. In "The Wacky Molestation Adventure, the kids get rid of their parents by accusing them of "molestering" them, leading to a Lord of the Flies situation.
    • In "The Human Centipad", Cartman loudly accuses his mom of "fucking" him when she refuses to buy him an iPad.
Community Feedback Replies: 37
  • May 31, 2012
    Omninaut
    • The Subject of the Whitest Kids You Know song "Get a New Daddy."

    • Occured in the Trope Overdosed Nintendo Movie.
  • May 31, 2012
    Tuckerscreator

    You may want expand the trope's summary to include kids not just claiming their parents abused them, but any adult they want to avoid.
  • June 1, 2012
    dotchan
    Related trope: Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
  • June 1, 2012
    StevenT
    • On Family Guy, Stewie posed as a high school student and started dating Connie, but she dumped him because of his tiny penis. So the next day he tricked her into one last makeout session before taking off his disguise as they were kissing, getting her arrested for making out with a baby.
  • June 1, 2012
    animeg3282
    No real life examples please!
  • June 1, 2012
    DracMonster
    My sister in law is a social worker at a help line for teens, and half the calls she deals with are kids reporting "abuse" that turns out to be getting grounded for a day or two. Very much Truth In Television. Theyre legally required to send out an agent to investigate every abuse report, even for known repeat offenders. (I agree about no real life examples, just venting...)
  • June 1, 2012
    dotchan
    Related trope: Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
  • June 1, 2012
    McKathlin
    This is Wounded Gazelle Gambit used by kids. Unless there's a strong case for how the use of this tactic by a manipulative kid is treated or viewed differently from a use of the same tactic by a manipulative woman, it's just The Same But More Specific.
  • June 1, 2012
    Lyendith
    • Played very dramatically in Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni - Tatarigoroshi. Satoko once did this to her second "father" when she was little because she couldn't accept him. After his death however, she starts to suffer very real psychological abuse from her aunt, and her attempt to call child services backfires horribly. Then it is inverted: when she is abused physically by her uncle and her friends call the services, she dismisses the social workers, saying there is nothing wrong.
  • June 1, 2012
    DracMonster
    @Mc Kathlin: There might well be enough examples to put it in Sub Trope territory. Since Children Are Special, I think it probably is viewed differently.
  • June 1, 2012
    foxley
    Done by the girl in The Wizard to lose the sleazy private eye when he corners the kid in a crowd.
  • June 2, 2012
    Antigone3
    I'd vote for this as a subtrope of Wounded Gazelle Gambit. I'd also vote for a No Real Life Examples flag; though we should mention that it really happens in the description.
  • June 2, 2012
    Desertopa
    Needs a different name, to comply with the "no titles that sound like dialogue" rule.

    Molestation Accusation?
  • June 2, 2012
    Waterlily
    "•Stand-up comedian Russell Peters is famous for his material involving corporal punishment. As a kid, his dad would beat him and preclude each beating with "Somebody gonna get a hurt real bad". One time, he threatened to call child services on his dad, which backfired when his dad called his bluff."

    That doesn't sound like a false accusation. That sounds real.

    Played with in Degrassi Junior High. Joey's mom accidentally wrecks his jean jacket and he tells her that it's child abuse. Due to a misunderstanding, social services come to Joey's house because they think he's been abused (it was really his friend).
  • February 10, 2014
    XFllo
    Bumping... Molestation Accusation sounds like a decent name, but we should rule out if this is covered by Wounded Gazelle Gambit or if it's distinct enough to deserve its own page.
  • February 10, 2014
    randomsurfer
    ^^I don't think corporal punishment = molestation, whatever one's stance on corporal punishment is.

    In another South Park when the class visits what turns out to be Mr. Garrison's hometown, he inverts this by complaining to his father that Garrison Sr. didn't molest him. Somehow not getting molested screwed him up big time. After trying to reason with his son, Garrison Sr. ends up moslesting him just to get him to shut up about it.
  • February 10, 2014
    DAN004
  • February 10, 2014
    MorganWick
    Tuckerscreator, please read How To Write An Example, a line of dialogue potholed to the name of the work is poor form.

    This can have Unfortunate Implications for real-life victims of abuse that may be accused of falling into this trope.
  • February 10, 2014
    paycheckgurl
    Title might be a little too much like dialogue.
  • February 11, 2014
    Tuckerscreator
    Wow, it's been two years since I wrote that example. And yes, I know how to write them better now.
  • February 11, 2014
    Koveras
    • In Seekers Of The Sky, Marcus attempts to scare off Ilmar while they are on a prison ship by threatening to accuse him of molestation in front of other convicts (which never goes well for the molester). However, Ilmar quickly convinces him that they are better off working together to escape.
  • November 19, 2014
    AgProv
    Viz has used this trope to good effect. The comic strip Spoilt Bastard sees a child who is hideously indulged by his mother using this against her boyfriend, a man determined to end the mollycoddling of the boy and to restore a (common-sense) level of parental discipline. Timmy, the eponymous Spolt Bastard, gleefully sees his would-be stepfather hauled off to a prison life of beatings and batterings. But in his turn, the local Social Services decree he is taken into care. To the sort of children's home where the inmates really are sexually abused...
    • Also in Viz, the hideously trendy Modern Parents fabricate accusations against their childrens' favourite uncle, who has far more sensible and level-headed ideas about raising children.

    And yes, I know this is frowned upon (but see Troper/Dracmonster's submission above - also venting!), but in Real Life Britain has a lamentable record. Despite stacks of legislation intended to preserve childrens' rights, recent events have shown that systematic child-abuse can happen undetected right under the noses of authority. (Buncrana Childrens' Home in Northern Ireland; the Rochdale child-rape scandal left to fester for far too long). And some kids have latched on to the fact that if they accuse unpopular teachers of abuse, their word will be believed over that of the accused adult: many teaching careers have been destroyed by malicious allegations later demonstrated to be false. so we get both sorts of abuse and it fails everybody involved. I'll dig up examples.

    Site - not unbiased - where teachers themselves log false accusations and the damage they can cause: [1]

    Also germane here, despite it coming from the Daily Mail: [2]
  • November 19, 2014
    SquirrelGuy
    In the Diff'rent Strokes episode "Substitute Teacher", Arnold alleges that his teacher (played by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) hit him on purpose; it was really an accident, but he was just trying to get rid of a difficult teacher.
  • November 20, 2014
    robinjohnson
    No, we are not using this trope as a place to perpetuate the idea that children commonly make false accusations out of spite. Victims have enough trouble coming forward as it is. No Real Life Examples Please.
  • November 21, 2014
    Arivne
  • November 21, 2014
    eroock
    ^ That's too specific, IMO. This trope could easily go under False Rape Accusation with a note in the decription about this variation. Unless, as states above, there is a good reason why we want this separated for spoiled brats.
  • November 21, 2014
    DAN004
    Title already sounds like False Rape Accusation.
  • November 21, 2014
    Psi001
    • One sketch of Robot Chicken had kids fend off the Trix Rabbit this way when the usual Catch Phrase didn't work.
    • In an episode of Third Rock From The Sun, the Solomons take part in a video documentary. As they become increasingly edgy to each other from being monitored, Tommy accuses Dick of hitting him in an argument. Dick doesn't help his case by brawling with him in retaliation.
  • November 21, 2014
    ropertroper

    • In The Wizard, the girl manages to get away from the child detective by telling people he had touched her boobs.

    • In American Graffiti, when one character is pulled over by a cop, the (underage) girl riding with him threatens to tell the cops that he tried to rape her in exchange for saying something.
  • November 21, 2014
    triassicranger
    Is this only parents or can this be anyone at all?

    Film
    • In the film version of Please Sir, while at the holiday camp one of the girls goes into a hut where a boy from another school is doing painting. She starts screaming "Rape" and the boy scarpers. Her friends then come in so they can steal the boy's painting.
    • In the remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street, Freddy Kreuger was a janitor who lost his job because the kids claimed that he had sex with them when they went to school. Years later (the film's present), one of the kids (now grown up) yells at a parent that this wasn't true, saying that they were kids and would've said anything. Unfortunately, it does turn out Freddy did have sex with them when they were kids. (I think this is what's called a subversion.)

    Live Action Television
    • A three part drama called The Children has a girl claim that her stepbrother did "sex stuff" to her (he did not; the police found no evidence of her being abused during her post mortem). In the final part of the drama the girl taunts her older brother that she can go to the police and tell more lies about him sexually abusing her.
  • November 21, 2014
    DaibhidC
    Live Action TV
    • In Gotham, Selina Kyle convinces the cop who's taking her to juvie to let her talk to Jim Gordon by threatening him with this.
  • December 3, 2014
    randomsurfer
    In Of Mice And Men Curly's Wife threatens Crooks, the black stablehand, with accusing him of touching her if he complains about her coming around.

    EDIT: Oh wait, this is kid-specific. Never mind.
  • December 3, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ now why should this be kid-specific?
  • December 4, 2014
    randomsurfer
    ^IDK why it should be, but it is. Or at least it's written that way.
  • December 4, 2014
    Duncan
    ^ Because as noted above, with an adult woman, it's Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
  • December 4, 2014
    mr.whim
  • December 4, 2014
    DAN004
    ^^ does it even matter if it's a woman or kid? Can't ANYONE pull that and have the same result?
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