August 28, 2016: 53rd Anniversary of MLK’s “I Have A Dream” Speech
A modern day dream for women around the world:
“We have a dream that one day women will have the right to keep and protect their children.”
August 28, 2016: 53rd Anniversary of MLK’s “I Have A Dream” Speech
A modern day dream for women around the world:
“We have a dream that one day women will have the right to keep and protect their children.”
Mom Relates Entire Horror Story on New Internet TV Show
Host Gets It Right: Attributes Cause to Paternal Entitlement
“This show is all about Protective Mothers and their children. So what is a protective Mother? A protective mother tries to protect her child or children from their abusive father by any means necessary. This is an uphill battle in the corrupt global family court system that thrives on paternal entitlement.”
– Geerte Frenken, Host of “Hell Is for Children” Sat. 3pm ET
Geerte Frenken Talks to Davida Sanchez
[The Social worker] told me that I should run away with my boys until she could get something done to help us…I followed her advice and ran off with my boys to Southern California. But a few months later in April 22, 2015 I was caught and arrested. It turned out that Staci Johnson had betrayed me and my children in order to get a promotion!…My ex never wanted the kids. [Taking them away] was just to destroy me more.”
– Protective Mom Davida
• Physical, Sexual & Emotional Abuse Reported & Ignored
• CPS Tells Mom to Flee by CPS – Then Turns Her In
• Thrown in Jail, Tortured, Nearly Died
• Sole Custody Given to Father
• Mom Hasn’t Seen Son Since Arrest a Year Ago
• Hearing Next Week: 3.8 LBS. of Abuse Evidence Submitted
• Father Requesting Permanent RO against Mom
Protective Mother Davida Sanchez lost custody of her son Jack when her children reported physical, sexual and emotional abuse by her abusive ex. When attempting to flee to protect Jack, Davida was caught and thrown in jail where she was so severely abused that she almost died.
Davida states: “The judge made his decision in December of 2014, to take my youngest son Jack and give him to my abusive ex-husband. While this went down an investigator for the local PD contacted me to let me know he received a complaint about the fact that my ex-husband had been physically and sexually abusing my other son Tyler for a number of years. It turned out that Tyler had finally felt comfortable enough to speak up to his counselor and formal reports were filed several times with CPS and the Police Department.
Later I found out that my ex made some new friends and they were blocking these reports from going past intake! A few days later a Police Officer tried to take Jack from me. I spoke to a woman named Staci Johnson with CPS in WA. She told me that I should run away with my boys until she could get something done to help us. I had never broken the law and was terrified but I could not hand over my 4-year old to my ex after the recent investigator telling me what he had done to our son Tyler. So I followed her advice and ran off with my boys to Southern California.
But a few months later in April 22, 2015 I was caught and arrested. It turned out that Staci Johnson had betrayed me and my children in order to get a promotion! She had given my hiding location to the police! I was sitting in my mini-van with Jack when I noticed a strange man standing in front of my car. Within seconds an officer was standing at my window with a gun to my head. That was the last time I saw my son.
I was taken into custody and was held for 62 days where I was so severely abused that I almost died. I lost 27 lbs within 3 weeks, allowed only one Ensure daily, one trip to the bathroom every 15-16 hours, and one shower every 8 days. As soon as I left the jail I went straight to the ER to see that I didn’t have permanent damage, to get bags of IV drip.
Staci Johnson was found out to be a snake six months later but got a plea deal causing my case to be suppressed and never to go in front of a jury with a new judge.
I have health problems resulting from the abuse I suffered in jail and I frequently visit the Emergency Room as a result. I am still searching for a way to save my son Jack!”
PRESIDING JUDGE MICHAEL EVANS:
Stop Discriminating: Return Davida’s Son!
Article about Davida’s harrowing jail experience: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/22/1395441/-Woman-suffers-abuse-starvation-at-Cowlitz-County-Jail
Davida’s depositions with evidence of abuse: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxkXb_2-JBOcNDA3d2NhMzI4czZ2eFdLS2dHT0YwR2JfOGdB/view
and HERE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxkXb_2-JBOcMmVTdldEMnVjSThqLWpNWThkaEVUVjJxNmww/view
Judge Switches Custody to Father after Kids Report Sexual Assaults
“Shut up and quit complaining.”
– Father to child during sexual assault (from police report)
[Warning: disturbing content]
…According to the young girl [Jane Doe], the father assaulted her on several occasions. In one instance, the father had digitally penetrated her on the bedroom floor. During this time, the young child repeatedly begged the father to stop due to the pain she was enduring. However, this demented man only responded with, “shut up and quit complaining.”
… In the girl’s report, she states that the father than asked her brother to go downstairs to clean up his toys. As soon as the boy left, the father, once again, molested the young girl; this time, he penetrated her with his finger.
… According to a forensic interview with Jane, her father had molested her while she used the restroom. According to the girl, this had occurred at the father’s, as well as his girlfriend’s, residence. Furthermore, it was disclosed that these events also occurred at a hotel and movie theater. Sadly, according to the reports, the sexual abuse would increase.
According to police, John Doe, 3, had his own claims of abuse from the father… In an interview, John disclosed an incident of sexual abuse. When asked, John stated that his father “shot” him in the butt. Following the disturbing statement, John disclosed that his father “squirted his wee wee like a hose.”
… Although there are many pages to the police report (72 pages,) it is merely impossible to disclose all the forms of abuse these children had, and continue to endure. The children, who actually remain in this man’s custody, have dealt with physical, emotional, and sexual traumas. Meanwhile, the mother, who currently resides in California, has tried to regain custody only to fail.
She has, as any mother would, done everything in her power to keep this man away from the children. Violating court visitation orders, sparked police interaction, and even went the distance of having her phone lines tapped. However, according to my sources, the mother is now being hammered by the state for this due to the legal aspects of these taps. The mother is being made the villain while the real villain remains at large.
… This case, at best, demonstrates the incompetence of not only the CPS system, but the system as a whole. Children in situations such as this, reside all over the country. Pedophiles, such as the one implicated in police documentation, are left unaccounted, free to prey on the innocent. This case, has much more complexity to it. It is, because of that, I regret not being able to cover it all in detail. However, it is due to that complexity, that I am unable to do so. The best this journalist can hope for, is justice for these children.
Arizona corrections officer accused of molesting children
SAFE KIDS ACTIVISTS:
Demand Judge Doug Camacho give the kids back to their Protective Mom! Sign Petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/814/368/867/?taf_id=25172503&cid=fb_na
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/lilysvoice
KUDOS to investigative reporter Matt Ewing for covering this case and to Protective Mom Nicole for fighting so hard to protect her children.
[Pictured: Mom Nicole with kids; Judge Doug Camacho]
Judge & DHS Collude in Cover Up of Sexual Abuse
Mom Accused of Coaching & Mental Illness; Rebuttal Evidence Disallowed
“I don’t want to spend all day listening to all  of the mother’s witnesses trash DHS and [the father].”
– Witness quoting Judge Ronald Grensky
“it is highly unlikely that child could be coached to react the way she does so consistently and repeatedly. Based on the data I have read [and] the girl’s extreme negative reactions to seeing her father, Sean, I recommend that all contact, stop immediately, including supervised visits (with the father)…”
– Report by Victoria Bones, LCSW, custody evaluator
“Based upon my evaluation and psychometric testing, I can find nothing to suggest that [Christi] suffers from any form of mental disease or defect. She expresses legitimate concern about her child and given the history of the two parents, I find the DHS action puzzling at best.”
– From Report by Jerry Larson M.D., mental health evaluator
On May 19, 2016, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Ronald D. Grensky, working hand in hand with Department of Human Services (DHS) caseworker Cori McGovern, allowed Sean Lenzo to walk out of court with physical custody of his 5 year-old daughter. No hearing (trial), only instructions from Grensky that Lenzo and the child’s mother, Christi MacLaren, “work things out.” The daughter had accused Lenzo of sexually abusing her to health professionals and numerous others, and Grensky was absolutely aware of this.
…Sean Richard Lenzo, a 32 year-old from Jamestown, CA and more recently from Medford, Oregon has obtained custody of his daughter with the assistance of Cori McGovern, a “dysfunctional” and “dangerous” Department of Human Services (DHS) caseworker who was recently relocated to DHS’s Medford Office.
On May 10, 2016 Lenzo took part in a legal Deposition. When questioned under oath Lenzo admitted to his extensive use of drugs. He stated, “I was addicted to meth and cocaine.” When asked if he had used other drugs, Lenzo stated, “I did them all, but those were the only two that I was extremely addicted to. When asked if he had used Heroin, his response was, “I couldn’t stand the stuff.” Sean Lenzo admits to currently smoking marijuana weekly – “maybe two, three times a week in the evenings.”
Lenzo’s criminal activity, dating back to when he turned 18, is quite extensive, showing that he has received numerous drug related charges, including manufacturing and possession. Lenzo has spent time living in Chinook Park and the Grants Pass Homeless Shelter. Much of the time that Lenzo was using drugs and basically a vagrant, Christi MacLaren was caring for and loving their daughter.
…Seemingly, overnight, Lenzo gained the assistance of DHS caseworker Cori McGovern and started making false claims that MacLaren had Psychological problems, that she was not a good mother. McGovern began claiming that Christi coached her daughter into making false sex abuse allegations against Lenzo.
… Backing up in time a bit, it is important to note that when Christi’s daughter began acting out, often in severe ways, when she was being forced to go to visitations with Lenzo, Christi had no idea what was causing these “outbursts.” She took her daughter to many professionals over a long period of time, seeking answers.
It has been reported that the girl ultimately disclosed that her father had molested her on one of these visits. This scenario alone completely dispels McGovern’s dreamt-up story about the child being coached by her mother. The professional’s reports don’t claim the child was ever coached and why would Christi take her child to numerous professionals prior to the sex abuse disclosure. She wouldn’t.
Grensky appointed Expert Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Victoria Bones to evaluate the child and the parents to “get insight into the girl’s behavior.” After spending time with the parents and the young girl and extensively looking into most all aspects of this issue, Ms. Bones found that, “it is highly unlikely that child could be coached to react the way she does so consistently and repeatedly.” Bones recommended, “Based on the data I have read the girl’s extreme negative reactions to seeing her father, Sean, I recommend that all contact, stop immediately, including supervised visits…”
…Father has a criminal history spanning two states and over a decade. Father admits he continues to consume alcohol and regularly uses marijuana, now with a medical card. During the first 3 years of the child’s life, Father drifted between jail, homeless encampments, various trailers, shelters and missions and so many jobs he was unable to recount them during deposition. Father provided no child support.”
…During the May 19th hearing McGovern made it known that she wanted MacLaren to take another Psychological Exam at the tune of $1,200.00-plus and Judge Grensky followed suit, even though Christi had already taken one. You see, the following results just didn’t fit into the foregone conclusion that McGovern had decided for this case.
…Christi has spent approximately $30,000.00 in the past two years attempting to protect her daughter. Some of this money is on credit cards that MacLaren is struggling to repay. Christi has no money to provide another Psychological evaluation as she is doing everything possible to feed, clothe and house her abused daughter’s little sister. Anyone who wishes to assist this mother in obtaining justice can do so by contributing to her GoFundMe account, under the name Christi MacLaren.
Precious Little Girl Destroyed by Judge, DHS.
*KUDOS to Investigative Reporter Edward Snook for in-depth coverage of the discrimination in Christi’s case.
SAFE KIDS NOTE: In this case, two evaluators actually reported the truth about the mother, confirming that she was not mentally ill or lying, but Judge Grensky disregarded their reports and refused testimony from nine witnesses which would support the mother’s defense of herself or her efforts to protect her daughter.
Judge Grensky ordered 50/50, taking away Christi’s primary nurturing relationship, but is not enforcing her visitation. Christi only sees her daughter occasionally, when the father allows it. This demonstrates that it does not matter how much evidence of a mother’s fitness or a father’s abuse there is or even if there is a court order giving mom visitation, the judge is still able to empower the father through granting him custody and not enforcing visitation orders.
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Jailed Kids Judge Gorcyca Strikes Again
Teen Details 12 Best Interest Factors Ignored in Granting Custody to Father
“Judge Gorcyca took us away [from our mom] out of spite – not what was in our best interest! Help us get heard! Please share our story! We want to go home!”
– Sabrina, teen victim of systemic male entitlement
My name is Sabrina and I have lived with my mother all my life. 18 months ago my brother and I were abruptly taken from my mother and placed to live with my father in Michigan out of SPITE. NO ONE within the Michigan court system would hear our plea to go home to our mom’s house. WE HAVE NEVER BEEN HEARD. PLEASE HELP US GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON INSIDE OUR FATHER’S HOUSE.
From Video: Help Me Be Heard
These 12 factors are supposed to be used in deciding custody, but because the system is designed so that judges can do whatever they want, these factors are legally meaningless. Judges around the world rarely abide by these factors, opting instead to maintain age-old male control over children, and over women through children. But it can be part of getting the truth on the record to itemize these factors in your pleadings.
1. Factor (a). The love, affection, and other emotional ties existing between the parties involved and the child:
• Who is the child bonded with?
• Who does the child go to with a problem?
• How does each parent relate with the child?
• How much time does each parent spend with the child each day?
• How often does each parent make the child’s meals?
• How often does each parent bathe the child, put the child to bed, and read the child stories?
• Are the parents able to separate the child’s needs from their own?
• How affectionate is the child with each parent?
2. Factor (b). The capacity and disposition of the parties involved to give the child love, affection, and guidance and to continue the education and raising of the child in his or her religion or creed, if any:
• Who stays home from work if the child is sick?
• Who usually handles school and homework issues?
• Who usually handles sports and other activities?
• How does each parent discipline the child?
• How does each parent talk to the child?
• How often does each parent involve the child with grandparents, uncles, aunts, and others?
• Who takes the child to church or other religious events (if the family is religious)?
3. Factor (c). The capacity and disposition of the parties involved to provide the child with food, clothing, and medical care or other remedial care recognized under the laws of this state in place of medical care, and other material needs:
• Who buys clothes, toys, food, etc. for the child?
• Who attends to any special needs of the child?
• What is the earning capacity of each parent?
• Who has flexibility in their work hours?
• How stable is the job of each parent?
• Who can provide health insurance for the child?
• Who makes doctor’s appointment for the child and takes the child to the doctor?
• Who arranges for childcare?
• If one parent earns more than the other, can child support be used to make things more equal?
• If there is a child support order, is the parent paying support? If there is no order, are the parents providing for the child’s needs?
4. Factor (d). The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment, and the desirability of maintaining continuity:
• Who provides a stable, secure, and safe home environment for the child?
• Who can provide more stability for the child?
• Has either parent moved recently and, if so, why? How has the child adjusted to the move?
5. Factor (e). The permanence, as a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home or homes:
• Who is in each parent’s family unit?
• Will the child live with siblings or half-siblings?
6. Factor (f). The moral fitness of the parties involved:
• Has either parent had an extra-marital affair the child knew about?
• Has there been physical or verbal abuse, alcohol or drug abuse, poor driving records, physical or sexual abuse of the child, criminal records, or other negative behaviors by either parent?
• How have these behaviors affected the child?
• Have these behaviors had a significant influence on that parent’s parenting skills?
7. Factor (g). The mental and physical health of the parties involved:
• Does either party have a physical or mental health problem that significantly interferes with their ability to care for the child?
8. Factor (h). The home, school, and community record of the child:
• How does each parent encourage and influence attendance at school?
• Who goes to school conferences and activities?
• Who will make sure the child sees and talks to their friends?
• Who supervises the child’s home responsibilities, like chores?
• Who helps the child with homework?
9. Factor (i). The reasonable preference of the child, if the court considers the child to be of sufficient age to express a preference:
• It is up to the judge to decide whether a child is old enough to state a preference. The judge will give more weight to this factor with children who are older or more mature. There is no age at which a child can decide where he or she wants to live.
• The preference of the child will not be shared with anyone, including lawyers, parents, or siblings.
10. Factor (j). The willingness and ability of each of the parties to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent or the child and the parents. A court may not consider negatively for the purposes of this factor any reasonable action taken by a parent to protect a child or that parent from sexual assault or domestic violence by the child’s other parent:
• How will each parent cooperate with the parenting time schedule?
• Does either parent criticize the other parent in front of the child?
• Will each parent encourage a relationship between the child and the other parent?
11. Factor (k). Domestic violence, regardless of whether the violence was directed against or witnessed by the child:
• Has either parent been threatening, emotionally abusive, verbally abusive or physically violent?
• Has there been a pattern of domestic violence, including physical and non-physical abuse?
12. Factor (l). Any other factor considered by the court to be relevant to a particular child custody dispute:
• If a child has special needs, how does each parent take care of those needs?
• Has either parent threatened to kidnap the child?
• Has either parent missed visits with the child or failed to return the child from visits?
• Are there siblings or other children whose custody is relevant to this child’s custody arrangement?
• Are there significant others or new spouses whose relationship with the child affects the child’s best interest?
• Is there a possibility that two or more of the children may be separated?
• How far apart do the parents live? (Especially with regard to parenting time schedules).
From: Best Interests of the Child Factors (Michigan)
D.A. Uses Carrot & Stick to Get Mom Back to California
Will Mom Fall for Ruse or Will There Be a Fugitive Mom Hunt?
Meanwhile – Judge Switches Custody to Violent Father; Uses CPS to Deem Mom Abusive
Great Example of Collusion Amongst Family Court, D.A., CPS & Police to Maintain Male Entitlement
“For years I have been told of the horrors of the family court system – now I am seeing the system up close, and much of what I have heard appears all too accurate…On Thursday, Judge Johnson… gave custody of five children to a convicted felon and an accused [medically documented] rapist.
– Reporter David Greenwald, covering Benoit case
Northern California mom Claire Benoit is being bribed by a district attorney to return home with her children. Davis County D.A. Jeff Reisig, is offering to [use taxpayer dollars to] pay for plane tickets for Claire and her children to return home from Europe. Additionally, she is being assured the children will not be given to the violent father but will be put into foster care temporarily.
That’s the carrot part.
The stick part is that Claire is being threatened with arrest and incarceration if she does not return with her children and be physically present for her custody trial while the powers-that-be have control of the children. Judge Kathleen White scheduled a custody trial for October and gave permission for Claire to appear by Skype, since she is a DV victim.
However, a retired family court judge, Judge Arvid Johnson, was mysteriously inserted into the case and overturned that order, requiring Claire to be physically present for the trial. Johnson violated a law in doing this and is apparently biased, so Claire’s attorney, Kim Robinson, filed a motion to recuse. Judge Johnson threw out that motion leading to Robinson filing a writ in the district Appellate Court. The writ was denied, so Robinson is currently appealing the disqualification to the CA Supreme Court.
But by the time the Supreme Court rules on it, however, many things can happen. This is why appeals in family court cases do not work. Too much time passes and the dirty work is already done, even in the rare instance when the orders are overturned.
Johnson, a temporary judge who should not be changing orders mid-stream, proceeded to switch custody “temporarily” to the father on Thursday. This is a prime method used in the permanent switching of custody.
It makes Claire’s stay in Europe a much more serious crime when she does not have custody. It also makes it possible for CPS to put the children in foster care and deem Claire abusive because she is keeping them away from their father. Once the kids are away from mom, measures can be used to Stockholm and brainwash the children against their mother and get them to accept living with their father. This is a very common tactic.
Perhaps more importantly, switching custody to the father gives the D.A. authority to issue a warrant and arrest Claire, using SWAT teams in Europe as we have seen in other protective mom cases, including Geerte Frenken’s and Marion Oliver’s cases. Judge Johnson ordered the D.A.’s child abduction unit to “take all necessary steps to obtain the return of the children.”
Claire has been afraid to come home because she has heard so many harrowing stories of children being taken away from protective mothers and given to abusive fathers. She is terrified for the safety of her children.
Women’s Coalition Video of Claire telling her story in 2 minutes:
Mom Refuses to Come Out of Hiding for Trial: Will Testify by Skype
U.S. Mom Files for Asylum in Netherlands
Local Media coverage by Davis Vanguard:
Judge Orders Children into Troubled Father’s Custody in Benoit Case
My View II: Where the Benoit Case Currently Stands
More articles: http://www.davisvanguard.org/tag/claire-benoit/
KUDOS to Davis Vanguard for covering Claire’s case fairly and accurately and for contesting Judge Johnson’s illegal closure of the courtroom, a tactic commonly used by family court judges to aid in the cover up of abuse and empowering of abusive fathers.
Safe Kids Activists:
Sign Petition: https://www.change.org/p/united-states-supreme-court-recuse-retired-visiting-judge-from-custody-case-involving-domestic-violence-yolo-county
Thank the Davis Vanguard for covering Claire’s case: firstname.lastname@example.org
[Pictured: Claire (left); D.A. Jeff Reisig (top right); Judge Arvid Johnson (middle right); Judge Kathleen White (bottom right)]
Safe Kids & Women’s Coalition Protest Leads to Investigation of Mandy’s Indictment!
A few days ago, The Women’s Coalition and Safe Kids International put a call out to followers to contact District Attorney Jackie Lacey, the first woman district attorney of Los Angeles. She got many calls and emails and has agreed to investigate Mandy Richman’s case for possible wrongful indictment.
Mandy is a DV victim, protective mother and victim of family court discrimination. Her very young son was taken away from her and given full time to the father who is a convicted spousal and child assailant.
The D.A. has charged Mandy with minor, trumped up offenses, many of which are easily verifiably false. Bail was set at an outrageous $750,000 so she cannot get out of jail.
Meanwhile, the D.A. has not prosecuted her violent ex for serious spousal assault, violation of a protective order or child abduction, although the police said they had enough evidence to give the case to the D.A.’s office.
Mainstream media has been alerted and is looking into this story.
Let’s hope D.A. Lacey gets to the bottom of the discrimination and corruption in this case and releases Mandy from jail soon.
Thanks to everyone who contacted the D.A. by phone or email.
Your voice made a difference!
UNITED we WILL stop this serious form of discrimination.
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Previous post calling for protest:
Rampant Gender Bias Results in Maternal Deprivation
Research Confirms Women Are Victims of Discrimination – Not Men
“More and more research is emerging that the interests of the father are given more weight than the interests of the mothers and children…The latest research indicates that custody litigation can be a method by which abusers continue to maintain their authority and control over their victims after separation.”
– Kerry O’Brien Smith, Ph.D. Candidate
…[I]magine the children, who had never been separated from their mother, then lose access to their mother, except for three hours a week and every other weekend, with no explanation from any of the court professionals. Imagine this happening to three children, ages, 2, 3, and 4, and living with their abusive father for five years as you appeal court case after court case, taking one of your cases all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, only to be dismissed.
…This is a real story. It happened to one of our protective mothers.
…Virginia judges have labeled these cases as “highly contested” custody cases. They are usually heard in the Circuit courts rather than the Juvenile and Domestic Relations courts due to the volatile nature of the proceedings, often involving numerous professional experts, such as custody evaluators, vocational experts, psychologists, numerous attorneys, and physicians.
Oftentimes the cases involve gag orders which prevent mothers from discussing the decisions of the court or discussing domestic violence if the court deems that domestic violence was fabricated by the mother or child. Therefore, if a mother speaks out against the injustices in the family courts or speaks about the domestic violence experienced, she could lose access to her children, even if she has been given a few hours a week with them.
The latest research indicates that custody litigation can be a method by which abusers continue to maintain their authority and control over their victims after separation. Therefore, many abused women find themselves revictimized by the family courts and the professionals that become involved by tactics such as suppressing evidence of domestic violence, ignoring evidence of domestic violence, labeling violence as a “lover’s quarrel,” accepting false testimony that the father was just “doing the things she does to me,” and labeling a child’s abuse disclosure as maternal coaching.
More and more research is emerging that the interests of the father are given more weight than the interests of the mothers and children. Research shows that custody evaluators place more weight on maintaining the father/child relationship over domestic violence incidences. Research shows that battered mothers experience corruption, denial of due process, and gender bias in the family courts.
Phyllis Chesler reports in Mothers on Trial, that fathers who contest child custody are more likely than their wives to win access to the children, that in 82% of the contested cases, the father won sole custody, and that 59% who won child custody had abused their wives. Molly Dragiewicz, Canadian battered mother’s advocate, asserts that gender bias is prevalent in the family courts today, including disbelief or minimizing women’s reports of abuse, disregarding evidence, punishing the woman for the abuse, unfair financial settlements, or holding mothers to a higher standard than fathers. Dragiewicz also asserts that the men’s rights and fathers’ rights movements have had detrimental effects on the battered women’s movement.
Joan Meier, George Washington University Law Dean and Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project, was awarded a 3-year grant in 2014 by the National Institute of Justice, to gather evidence regarding how family courts respond to cases of abuse. Her research shows that American courts have fallen into a trend of awarding custody to the abusive parent, even when the other parent warns the judge about the possibility of abuse.
…In most of these cases, the abusive father’s legal team or Guardian ad Litem for the children claim that the mother is participating in parental alienation, particularly if the children make abuse allegations against the father. Eileen King, Executive Director of Child Justice, Inc. in Washington, DC, specifically states that she knows of no case in which parental alienation used by the mother has been successful in positive outcomes for mothers and children in child custody cases, yet use of this term wields highly successful results for the fatherhood initiative and fathers’ rights movement. When custody is taken from the mother, due to domestic violence or child abuse allegations, child advocates are referring to this process as maternal deprivation, a form of emotional abuse on both mother and children.
…All too often, various private professionals become involved in these cases, such as custody evaluators and guardian ad litems, many of whom have no or little training in domestic violence or child sexual assault.
…Oftentimes guardian ad litems and custody evaluators perform their jobs independently without any oversight or collaboration with domestic violence and child sexual assault experts, thereby making unilateral recommendations that are often far from the latest research for domestic violence and child advocacy.
MOTHERS ON TRIAL: GENDER BIAS IN THE COURTROOM
SAFE KIDS NOTE: This article portrays the systemic gender bias in family court as affecting battered women. Although it is true that the majority of contested custody cases involve domestic violence and/or child abuse, there are a lot of cases that don’t involve overt abuse. Many men fight to take custody away from primary nurturing mothers for purely selfish reasons, such as to avoid child support, get revenge, or maintain control.
It is important for women and the public to understand the war being caused by systemic male entitlement to children so that there is unity in the counterattack.
Spread the word: ALL women are at risk of losing their children.
Warn Women. Wake Up Women.
“Virginia Is for Children provides advocacy for mothers and children experiencing bias in the courts in Virginia. We speak with Virginia legislators and collaborate with like-minded child advocacy and DV organizations in Virginia. We also seek to provide courtwatches for moms who need extra support. Please send the Virginia moms our way!”
– Kerry O’Brien Smith
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EMERGENCY PROTEST: Hearing Tomorrow
Ask Los Angeles D.A. Lacey to Release Mandy from Prison!
“Up until now I have had to represent myself against my abusive ex-husband who has been previously convicted of spousal abuse and child abuse, and his unethical team of lawyers who continued to take advantage of me not having legal representation.”
– Protective Mom Mandy just before her arrest in February
Contact D.A. Jackie Lacey
PHONE: (213) 974-3512
Say you are with Safe Kids International and are protesting Mandy Richman’s imprisonment.
EMAIL: email@example.com SUBJECT: Release Mandy Richman
Write your own or copy and paste:
Dear D.A. Jackie Lacey,
I am with Safe Kids International and we are protesting the prosecution of Mandy Richman. Mandy is an Emergency Medical Technician and a victim of domestic violence and systemic discrimination. Serious violence against her son and her has been disregarded and full custody was granted to the father, a convicted spousal and child assailant who has further charges pending. Mandy was restricted to supervised visitation although she has no abuse or criminal history.
A few days before Mandy’s family court hearing, when she likely would have been taken off supervised visitation and allowed a more normal relationship with her son, she was unexpectedly arrested. This arrest was for misdemeanors she had been contesting since 2014. More serious felony charges were mysteriously added which supposedly justified the arrest, although no new crimes had taken place. We believe she has been wrongly charged and incarcerated and that it may be related to her family court case, since the father is trying to keep her away from her son.
Mandy has already spent almost a half year in prison with an unjustly high bond. Mandy has no criminal history and does not belong in prison on such minor charges which are being legally disputed by her. We are asking that you release her on her own recognizance tomorrow at her hearing and make an investigation of wrongful charges against her.
As the first woman and African American District Attorney of Los Angeles, we are hopeful you will use your position of power to ensure due process and equal protection for a woman we believe is being wrongly prosecuted.
Video of Jason reuniting with Mandy Richman
Mandy’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/mandy.richman.7?fref=ts
Note: The photo of Mandy in the hospital is not from domestic violence as had previously been thought. Here is a link with many photos of injuries caused by DV incidents: