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Stop Court-Ordered Abusive Custody of U.S. Kids

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3) 1986 & revised ~2011 "Mothers on Trial," by Phyllis Chesler, PhD,

4) "Why Parents Who Batter Win Custody," (reported on by Newsweek 2/22/07 with some explanations such as battered spouses don't file criminal charges, judges often throw out documented evidence of spousal abuse -despite studies showing kids witnessing abuse get traumatized, learn to be abusive, etc- as consider it irrelevant to custody, some judges continue to use the discredited PAS -parental alienation syndrome- also which H.Con.Res.72 counsels against); 6/10/15 Nancy Erickson, noted custody atty, re kids being ordered to visit father, said " when kids refused because saw dad beat up mom, they were sent to juvenile prison."

5) "The Worst Interests of the Child," Keith Harmon Snow, internationally renowned journalist, notes silence of mass media & efforts to discredit noted child abuse expert- professor at Harvard Med School.

6) 2 books by Atty. Philip K. Howard, "The Collapse of the Common Good"- How America's lawsuit culture undermines our freedom, and "The Death of Common Sense"- How law is suffocating America.

7) "POSITIVE PARENTING FOR A PEACEFUL WORLD" by Ruth Tod (wonderful guidelines for parents, and actually all of us). 7) "Anyway"- The Paradoxical Commandments, Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World, by Kent Keith, Esq, PhD, Harvard, Oxford & says on page 114- "Nothing is more important than what happens to the children. If there is hope for our children, there is EVERY hope. If there is no hope for our children, there is NO HOPE AT ALL. The future of the world depends on the kinds of people today's children turn out to be." He sent me signed copies of this and of his, "The Servant Leader."

Comments re some of 6 documentaries-

1) 1997, "Bad Judgment," Supreme Court overturned 1996 25 year jail sentence of judge by ruling- "He wasn't given sufficient warning that the 'behavior at issue' was illegal." The 'behavior at issue' was he ordered moms to give him oral sex to keep custody! (I and others have given copy to many, to no avail)

2) ~2002 "Small Justice: Little Justice in America's Family Courts" begins showing hysterical 4 year old girl being handed over by tearful mother to father for visitation, despite fact mother had medical report re vaginal irritation.

3) ~2005- "Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories," depicts 18 year old boy almost crying telling how he remembered his father going into his sister's bedroom nightly" and sister begging mom via phone to come get her when she was in his custody & mom saying she just needed a little more time to persuade the courts. This was shown on PBS, but late at night with scant advertising.

4) 2008- "Family Court Crisis: Our Children at Risk," by The Center for Judicial Excellence, relates lots of dysfunctional legal history re custody issues,

5) 2011, "No Way Out But One," where mom and 2 kids got asylum in Netherlands FROM U.S. Mother had hospital evidence father hitting son caused permanent brain damage. Mother was pursued, unsuccessfully, for ~10 years by our FBI on kidnapping charges.

6) currently- recently shown in CA and a couple other states- "What Doesn't Kill Me," which interviews several moms (& one dad) who lost custody to abuser, as well as some lawyers, an attorney general, a therapist, etc., but starts with woman (of now middle-aged son) who stayed with abuser who says- "I knew if I left I would be a dead woman."

The NYT daily publishes a mostly blank page with bold letters stating "THE TRUTH DEMANDS A VOICE," or "THE TRUTH IS HARD TO HEAR or NOT SIMPLE or RARELY OBVIOUS"".They had a caption by Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN, "I THINK THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR NATION IS US," -(INDEED, I MUST AGREE!) The Washington Post has a caption- "Democracy Dies in Darkness," Pro Publica published in Sept. 2016 that Congress agreed they would consider H.Con.Res.150. They noted it was tabled due to the election, but have refused pleas since to acknowledge its reintroduction with #72. WHY? All of them and many more including numerous magazines and even women's organizations often publish excellent articles that relate to how the well being of children is critical, yet they refuse to alert the public to the existence of the very compassionate and constructive bill, H.Con.Res.72 which stresses the cycling nature of abuse, alludes to Dr.Jekyl/Mr.Hydes, and gives viable creative ways to insure at least our family courts try to stop versus promote our own children being abused. #MeToo has refused to mention it, too. WHY?? Oprah Winfrey said- "Don't ever confuse what is legal with what is moral."

I've long said that our legal system has become increasingly about Who CAN Win, Versus What Is Fair, no matter the topic, especially when there's power imbalance, worst when hurts kids. I have reams of data from multiple sources and a huge folder gleaned from many sources re lots of positive and creative ideas for both in and out of the courtroom. Aside from what's in H.Con.Res.72, consider cameras in the courtroom, a detailed outline prepared by my advisory board re improving family courts, a 10 item list from a good men's group re how men can curb violence. Shouldn't there be very serious review of any courts who appear on our American Tort Foundation's annual Judicial Hellhole list? At least a decade ago the posted that for every dollar they spent curbing child abuse they saved 4. 7/7/16 the NY Law Journal announced its lawyers who lead by example. How about something similar re judges & how about incentives to get the fewest complaints filed & for those filed to result in appropriate reprimands which are almost non-existent? We must devise how to insure judicial orders get followed plus ways to reduce legal fees (long discussed, but little progress). Europe incarcerates fewer for shorter times, with less recidivism. Hmmm".

I was invited to write an article in response to my response to Rob Kall's insightful article about digital gaslighting and domestic abuse. I cc'd it to about 20, all of whom were decrying child separation of immigrants. No one else responded. I was asking how we could be upset re immigrant child separation & not address that our family courts not only separate children from their protective parent but order them to live with an abusive parent. This correlates with an OpEd News article today re the richest controlling virtually everything. One item needs to be added to the list- that the legal system has the ultimate control over everything- constant fear of suit including cost drives numerous decisions! In contested custody cases it often drives the mother into bankruptcy. For any source to suggest serious family court reform, I suspect they would need to get approval from the "powers that be." We need to change the mindset to a sort of Hippocratic Oath of What Is Fair, versus the mindset of Who CAN Win.

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