Mothers File International Court Complaint Against the U.S. (Family & Intimate Violence Quarterly)

You can find the entire petition on line: Petition To Inter American Commission On Human Rights


Mothers File International Court Complaint Against the U.S. 

Author:  Dianne Post, J. D..


Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

Source: Volume 01, Number 01, Summer 2008 , pp.61-66(6)


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A petition was recently filed in the Inter-America Council for Human Rights (IACHR) against U.S. courts for granting custody of minor children to abusive and violent parents. This protection has support from several state and national coalitions concerned with child abuse, domestic violence, and women’s rights, including the National Organization for Women and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The IACHR has had success in cases in Brazil and Mexico where local laws failed to protect women in abusive relationships. The author describes how women in the U.S. could use human rights organizations to assist them when local laws prove inadequate.

Keywords:  European Convention on Human Rights; Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
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Fight the Mental Burqa: Dr. Phyllis Chesler and Christian Patriarchy’s “Purity Balls”

Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS)



2010 April 1

Jeanette Pryor

by Jeanette Pryor

tags: Christian Patriarchy Movement, Honor Killings, Radical Islam, Sharia Law

The video captures the exuberance of the beautiful girl as she accepts an offer to dance. The man grasps her about the waist and they look into each other’s eyes. Her up-do is exquisite and her strapless gown, a perfect fit. It seems so romantic until I notice that the man is old enough to be the girl’s father. I read the video description and my stomach lurches – the man IS the girl’s father.

The elaborate spectacle, dubbed a “Purity Ball,” honors the child’s promise to place her physical and emotional chastity under her father’s protection. The Balls claim to provide cultural support to young women whose Christian morality is challenged by pretty much everything in the pop-culture surrounding them.

Part of the pledge taken by the father at the Ball states:

“I, (daughters name)’s Father, choose before God to cover my daughter as her authority and protection in the area of purity.”

One Purity Ball website explains the purpose of the ceremony:

“The Purity Ball is a memorable ceremony for fathers to sign commitments to be responsible men of integrity in all areas of purity. The commitment also includes their vow to protect their daughters in their choices for purity. The daughters silently commit to live pure lives before God.”

Beyond the obviously bizarre spectacle of prom-queens slow dancing with their fathers, the essential problems with Purity Balls are intellectual. Purity Balls teach women that they are not capable of assessing and choosing to conform to a moral code of conduct on their own. Surrendering responsibility for personal behavior to another person undermines the foundation of Christianity itself. It negates individual accountability for adherence to a Christian way of life. The Balls reinforce the concept of women as fragile, contingent beings who cannot govern themselves and are not fully able to regent their own body, heart, and mind.

I do not object to parental supervision of adolescents or to parents teaching their children the value of objective moral standards, but to conditioning them to view their sexual identity as other than their own responsibility.

“Fathers, our daughters are waiting for us,’ Mr. Wilson, 49, told the men. ‘They are desperately waiting for us in a culture that lures them into the murky waters of exploitation. They need to be rescued by you, their dad.”

The most insidious consequence of Purity Balls is that, in spite of their claim to combat the view of women as objects of pleasure, they teach girls that their value, in the eyes of God and potential future husbands, is synonymous with their physical virginity.

At the Purity Ball, polished and gift-wrapped for future husbands, girls are not honored for accomplishments of mind or contributions to the good of others. They are gratuitously assured, “You are beautiful and precious in God’s sight because you have never had sex with anyone! And we don’t want you to lose what makes you valuable, your virginity. Daddy is going to take care of you so that one day, we can give you to a man who will also value you because you are pure!” In other words, you are a body.

If inner virtue was the object of the celebration, the guys would be at the Purity Balls too. There are no purity balls for boys.

Dr. Phyllis Chesler dramatically illustrates the consequences of this misogynist measure of a woman’s value. In her article “An Honor Killing that Was Not an Honor Killing After All” she analyzes the case of Harmohinder, a young Pakistani woman who discovered that her boyfriend, Sair, was actually married, his 17 year old wife expecting their first child. When Sair refused to take her as a second wife, Harmohinder murdered Sair’s wife and baby.

Without condoning the murder, Dr. Chesler examines the cultural reverence of female virginity and the consequences of any society equating it with a woman’s intrinsic value.

“Why is Sair’s immorality not considered a crime? Even a sin? His lust, his lies, his arrogance, his sense of entitlement, led to the murder of one pregnant woman and to life imprisonment for the female murderer. Perhaps Harmohinder had also been a virgin. Perhaps she thought that her life would become worthless if Sair did not marry her—no excuse for murder, but it suggests that the kind of culture which prizes virginity above a woman’s life is also part of the problem. As is the culture which mainly allows men, not women, to be sexually promiscuous with absolutely no consequence.”

“All across the world, women uphold and enforce misogynistic customs. They support the Islamic Veil; worse, women also support child, arranged marriage. And, like those women who support female genital mutilation for their daughters, they have a pitiful point. No one will marry a non-mutilated girl; poor families cannot support unmarried daughters. It’s as simple and as cruel as that.”

“For example, in Yemen this past Sunday, thousands of Yemeni women, their faces covered in religious veils, demonstrated outside the parliament to oppose proposed legislation banning the marriage of girls under seventeen. From their point of view, many families are desperately poor, and selling (or getting rid of) girls as young as eight years old is common. Many of the demonstrators taunted the educated women’s rights activists as “old maids” who have no children. The veiled women demanded Shari’a law, which allows for child marriage.”

The rising “Christian” Patriarchy movement embraces this same materialist view of women as radical Islam. Both teach that women are essentially contingent upon men, the property of men, answerable to men for what is the private domain of their own conscience, their personal relationship with God.

Purity Balls, like burqas and veils, deny the independent, intellectual nature of women. The last thing young American girls need is a Christian version of Shari’a that attaches family or church honor to the marketable quality of “their women’s bodies.”

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Madison County Sheriff's Department:Shooter and Wife Had History Of Domestic Violence

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    • HUNTSVILLE, AL - Investigators confirm police shot and killed a man after he led them on a chase from northern Madison County all the way to south Huntsville. It happened Thursday morning, and went through rush hour traffic. Three people were shot in all: the man who led authorities on a chase, his estranged wife, and her son.

      The Madison County Sheriff's Department says the man was Thomas Alonza Parker, 43. He is dead. The Sheriff's Department did not release the name of the woman or her son. She is 43 years old, and her son is 23. Both are at Huntsville Hospital recovering from gunshot wounds, and are expected to recover.

      The situation started this morning in Meridianville, at 109 Fox Run Drive. Chad Brooks, Chief Investigator for the Sheriff's Department, said the woman was dropping off her son at the home, which is a construction site. Parker apparently followed the two there and shot his stepson several times.

      Brooks said Parker then forced his wife into his truck and drove away.

      Even though the stepson had been shot, he was responsive when help arrived. He also told neighbors who rushed to the home that his stepfather was violent and was likely going to hurt his mother. They called 911 to report the truck, and at about the same time, the woman inside the truck also called 911 from her cell phone, leaving it on during most of the chase. She called out landmarks and street names, which allowed dispatchers to get more deputies and Huntsville police officers involved in the chase.

      "It was absolutely essential. What she did was a big asset in saving her life," said Brooks. "We disseminated as much information as we could about the vehicle they were in and who was driving, and the last known direction of travel. Her actions and the cell phone call absolutely put us to the area they were in."

      Alabama State Troopers also joined in the chase, following Parker on a high-speed chase through much of the city. It went along Highway 72 to Dug Hill Road, then along Dug Hill, onto Highway 431 into Hampton Cove, and then into south Huntsville.

      Many WHNT NEWS 19 viewers also said they saw police cars stream up Bailey Cove Road, as they rushed to put down spike strips at the base of Green Cove Road, at the entrance to the Camelot subdivision.

      Owens Cross Roads Police also joined in the chase.

      At some points, police turned on their flashing lights during the high-speed chase. However, we're told the man allegedly pointed a gun at the woman's head several times, and the woman asked police to back off.

      The chase ended just after 8:00 a.m. on Green Mountain, at South Shawdee Road and Riverview Drive. Police say at that point, Parker shot the woman in her left rear shoulder as she tried to jump out of the truck. He then drove about a mile away, where police caught up with him. Investigators say Parker fired at officers and they fired back, killing him.

      Investigator Brooks said an Owens Cross Roads police officer fired the fatal shot. He said the officer is receiving counseling.

      Parker and his wife had been separated for two weeks, after being married for two years.

      Brooks said the two had a history of domestic problems, but that the Sheriff's Department had never arrested Parker.

      Watch full reports on this story Thursday on WHNT NEWS 19 at 5:00 and 6:00.


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      Columbia College student killed in apparent murder-suicide


      Columbia College student killed in apparent murder-suicide

      Thursday, April 1, 2010 | 10:52 a.m. CDT


      COLUMBIA — A Columbia College student was found dead in Troy early Monday, apparently as the result of a murder-suicide, according to the Lincoln County Journal.

      Kimberly Smith, 20, was a criminal justice major set to graduate in May.


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      Smith was found at the home of her ex-boyfriend,Rafe Wagner, 28, the Journal reported. Each had apparently died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

      Calls to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department were not immediately returned Thursday morning.

      "The Columbia College community is saddened by the loss," a release from Columbia College spokeswoman Joanne Tedesco said.

      Services for Smith will be held at noon, Friday, at the Ingersoll Chapel for Funeral and Cremation Services at 211 Boone St. in Troy. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the same place.

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      Man charged with murder after death of 3-year-old



      Man charged with murder after death of 3-year-old

      02:42 PM CDT on Thursday, April 1, 2010

      By Donna Fielder / Denton Record-Chronicle

      Denton County Sheriff’s investigators have charged a man who was supposed to be caring for a 3-year-old Wednesday with capital murder after the child was taken off life support.

      Curtis Leon Copeland

      Curtis Leon Copeland, 26, remained in the Denton County Jail Thursday in lieu of $500,000 bail on that charge and $25,000 on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Bowie. He was the boyfriend of the child's mother, according to sheriff’s reports.

      Jesse Fleming Fisher Jr. died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. He had suffered severe head trauma, a broken pelvis, a broken neck, black eyes and bruises all over his body. He also had been sexually assaulted, Denton County Sherriff's Sgt. Roger Griggs said.

      Copeland had told investigators the boy fell down the stairs last Friday at his mother’s house but had been playing outside Wednesday after she dropped him off at Copeland’s house north of Krum. She was on her way to a hospital to deliver another baby, and she also left a 1-year-old with Copeland.

      Copeland was not the father of any of the children, Griggs said.

      Griggs said the child's injuries were not consistent with a fall. He said evidence implicating Copeland in the boy's injuries was found after Copeland reneged on an agreement to take a polygraphy test Wednesday at the sheriff's office.

      “When he failed to show up and was not at home, we obtained a search warrant for his house,” Griggs said.

      Deputies believed Copeland may have fled to avoid charges but later learned that he was visiting a hospitalized relative. Copeland was arrested as he left the hospital.

      Griggs said the child’s mother, a Bowie resident, has not been charged in the case, but the investigation is continuing. Child Protective Services has temporary custody of the mother's two other children.

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      Google Topeka The Jokes on you. April fools!

      Parental Alienation (PAS)

      a different kind of logo



      Not In Kansas: learn about our new name.

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      April Fool's Around the Web


      For April Fool's Day, Google has changed its name to Topeka, Kodak has introduced "aromatography," and Starbucks introduces a new two-ounce "Micra" cup. 


      On the search engine usually known as Google, users today are having their computer redirected to Topeka. The city of Topeka, Kan., has been wanting to change its name to Google, so Google decided to change its own name to Topeka.

      In explaining the April Fools' Day change, the search engine says Google employees once known as "Googlers" will now be called "Topekers" or "Topekans."

      Starbucks is getting in on the April first fun, too. The coffee giant announced on its company blog that there will soon be two new drink sizes. "Plenta" is a hefty 128 ounces, while "Micra" is a tiny two ounces. Starbucks suggests once a customer is finished with a Plenta drink, the cup can be used for a rain hat or a lampshade. It says a Micra cup can be used as a milk dish for kittens or a paper clip holder. 

      But that's not all: Tech Web sites around the Web compete each year for the most outrageous April Fool's jokes. And TechCrunch has rounded the best of them up -- spotlighting a few the site's own pranks.

      There's a a clever play on its efforts to build a cheap, Web surfing tablet PC, a device that would have been called the CrunchPad and would have competed with the Apple iPad. TechCrunch writes how, for less than $50, you can turn any laptop into a high-tech CrunchPad device. "It uses the finest F.U.J.J. technology" andincludes a how-to video.

      Google has other puns on-line, notably the new feature added to Google Docs: the ability to store anything on the Web site. "Store your keys, remotes, rail passes, and other objects you commonly lose with Google Docs," writes the Web site, "and you’ll never have to worry about finding them again."

      Wikipedia's front page highlights an article of merit for some reason, something interesting or unusual. Recently featured stories include an article on archaeological site Takalik Abaj and video game Iridion 3D. Today's front page story is a lengthy article on the traditional English practice of wife selling, which notes that "Prices paid for wives varied considerably, from a high of £100 (plus £25 each for her two children), to a low of a glass of ale, or even free."

      Kodak has a wonderful new innovation for April Fool's Day: aromatography. "Imagine seeing an image of a field of wildflowers and the experiencing all the delicate and complex aromas that accompany the visual experience. It's no longer just a dream, thanks to recent breakthroughs in Neuro-Optic-Nasal-Sense Imaging," the photography giant's Web site reads. 

      Images on the site entice you to "Apply Aroma."

      And if you're looking for a laugh, drop by Web video site Funny or Die, which has been renamed "Bieber or Die." For the day -- hopefully, just for the day -- all videos on the site feature the Canadian pop star.

      The Associated Press contributed to this report.

      A different kind of company name

      4/01/2010 12:01:00 AM

      Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google. We’ve been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture. Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.

      We didn’t reach this decision lightly; after all, we had a fair amount of brand equity tied up in our old name. But the more we surfed around (the former) Topeka’s municipal website, the more kinship we felt with this fine city at the edge of the Great Plains.
      In fact, Topeka Google Mayor Bill Bunten expressed it best: “Don’t be fooled. Even Google recognizes that all roads lead to Kansas, not just yellow brick ones.”
      For 150 years, its fortuitous location at the confluence of the Kansas River and the Oregon Trail has made the city formerly known as Topeka a key jumping-off point to the new world of the West, just as for 150 months the company formerly known as Google has been a key jumping-off point to the new world of the web. When in 1858 a crucial bridge built across the Kansas River was destroyed by flooding mere months later, it was promptly rebuilt — and we too are accustomed to releasing 2.0 versions of software after stormy feedback on our ‘beta’ releases. And just as the town's nickname is "Top City," and the word “topeka” itself derives from a term used by the Kansa and Ioway tribes to refer to “a good place to dig for potatoes,” we’d like to think that our website is one of the web's top places to dig for information.
      In the early 20th century, the former Topeka enjoyed a remarkable run of political prominence, gracing the nation with Margaret Hill McCarter, the first woman to address a national political convention (1920, Republican); Charles Curtis, the only Native American ever to serve as vice president (’29 to ‘33, under Herbert Hoover); Carrie Nation, leader of the old temperance movement (and wielder of American history’s most famous hatchet); and, most important,Alfred E. Neuman, arguably the most influential figure to an entire generation of Americans. We couldn’t be happier to add our own chapter to this storied history.
      A change this dramatic won’t happen without consequences, perhaps even some disruptions. Here are a few of the thorny issues that we hope everyone in the broader Topeka communitywill bear in mind as we begin one of the most important transitions in our company’s history:

      • Correspondence to both our corporate headquarters and offices around the world should now be addressed to Topeka Inc., but otherwise can be addressed normally.
      • Google employees once known as “Googlers” should now be referred to as either “Topekers” or “Topekans,” depending on the result of a board meeting that’s ongoing at this hour. Whatever the outcome, the conclusion is clear: we aren’t in Google anymore.
      • Our new product names will take some getting used to. For instance, we’ll have to assure users of Topeka News and Topeka Maps that these services will continue to offer news and local information from across the globe. Topeka Talk, similarly, is an instant messaging product, not, say, a folksy midwestern morning show. And Project Virgle, our co-venture with Richard Branson and Virgin to launch the first permanent human colony on Mars, will henceforth be known as Project Vireka.
      • We don’t really know what to tell Oliver Google Kai’s parents, except that, if you ask us, Oliver Topeka Kai would be a charming name for their little boy.
      • As our lawyers remind us, branded product names can achieve such popularity as to risk losing their trademark status (see cellophane, zippers, trampolines, et al). So we hope all of you will do your best to remember our new name’s proper usage:
      Finally, we want to be clear that this initiative is a one-shot deal that will have no bearing on which municipalities are chosen to participate in our experimental ultra-high-speed broadband project, to which Google, Kansas has been just one of many communities to apply.
      Posted by Eric Schmidt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Topeka Inc.

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      Cries of child abuse bounce back on mums



      Cries of child abuse bounce back on mums


      March 28, 2010

      CHILD protection campaigners say women who accuse their former partners of sexually abusing their children are being unfairly labelled as mentally ill in the Family Court. Child sex abuse researcher Freda Briggs and child protection advocate Charles Pragnell say recent cases show the emphasis on shared parenting responsibilities is putting children in danger.

      Professor Briggs and Mr Pragnell are part of the Safer Family Law campaign and argue that amendments to the Family Law Act in 2006 were geared towards the rights of parents rather than those of children.

      Professor Briggs, from the University of South Australia, specialises in research into child sex abuse. Mr Pragnell is from the National Council for Children Post-Separation, which is part of the Safer Family Law campaign. He has been called as an expert witness in child sex abuse cases in Australia, Britain and New Zealand.

      They cite a Sydney case of a child who was allegedly put at risk of danger by being forced to live with her father. An interim decision was made to order the six-year-old to live with her father, at whose house she was photographed in pornographic poses by one of his friends. A court counsellor alleged the girl's mother was manipulative and might suffer from a mental illness.

      "The courts should focus on the needs and wants of the child, and the rights of a child to be protected from abuse," Mr Pragnell said. "Too often we see that a parent's right to contact is given at all costs." Amendments to the Family Law Act in 2006 emphasised "co-operative" parenting and shared responsibilities.

      In January, Attorney-General Robert McClelland released three reviews into these amendments. A review by the Australian Institute of Family Studies accepts that some of the consequences of a focus on shared parenting responsibilities have been "less than favourable".

      Child Abuse Prevention Service manager Karen Craigie said women and men contacted the service regularly after raising concerns of sexual abuse and being labelled mentally ill. "We get lots of calls about this. It is common. Women involved are often subjected to domestic violence and are very traumatised," Ms Craigie said.

      "I have heard of cases where women are so afraid of losing their children and solicitors will advise them that raising concerns of sexual abuse will make them look like they are being obstructive." Angela Lynch, a solicitor for the Women's Legal Service in Queensland who has advised women in these situations, said the family court system was too "pro-father involvement".

      "In a nice family, that is a great thing. When there are issues of abuse and domestic violence, it is a huge problem," Ms Lynch said. "If you raise sexual abuse in court, you are seen as an unfriendly parent, which is the worst thing you can be in family court."

      The Federal Magistrates Court and the Family Court of Australia would not comment.

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      Psychologist cleared of sex abuse – Another Court Whore who gets away with abuse

      Parental Alienation (PAS)
      Former Pittsburgh school psychologist cleared of child sex charges
      By Bobby Kerlik
      Friday, March 19, 2010
      An Allegheny County jury Friday acquitted a former Pittsburgh Public Schools child psychologist of all charges related to raping a boy.
      Donald Stettner, 53, was accused of assaulting the boy, now in his late 20s, weekly from the time he was 9 until he was 17.
      The jury deliberated three days before finding Stettner not guilty.
      "(Stettner) is certainly pleased and relieved," said Tim Lucas, one of Stettner's attorneys. "This has been a long haul. This case has been kicking around for seven years."
      Lucas said witness credibility was a factor in the trial.
      Prosecutors declined comment after the verdict.
      The victim went to police in 2003, and Stettner was ordered to stand trial later that year. The Tribune-Review does not identify accusers in sex assault cases.
      Stettner's ex-wife, Rosalia Montes, 54, testified against him, saying she walked in on Stettner and the boy during sex acts on several occasions. In March 2009, she pleaded guilty to corruption of minors, indecent assault and endangering the welfare of children.

      Husband, Wife Dead In Possible Murder-Suicide, Father-In-Law Also Found Shot Twice



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      Husband, Wife Dead In Possible Murder-Suicide

      Father-In-Law Also Found Shot Twice

      POSTED: 5:58 am CDT April 1,2010

      UPDATED: 9:36 am CDT April 1,2010

      LAWSON, Mo. -- A husband and wife in their 20s were found shot dead inside a Lawson house Wednesday night and the woman's father was found shot twice outside the house.

      Police discovered the man and woman dead around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Police discovered the woman's father suffering from two gunshot wounds in the front yard. He was taken to Truman Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Police said a total of five gunshots were filed in the shooting of the three victims.

      A young child was home during the incident, police said, but was uninjured. Police have not officially called the incident a murder-suicide, but are investigating that as a possible cause.

      The Lawson police chief described what officers found when they arrived.

      "The first officer that responded did locate an individual in front of 509 Country Drive that we believe suffered from two gunshot wounds," Lawson police Chief Brian LaFavor said. "That individual was life-flighted. The officer did enter the residence finding two other subjects that had received fatal gunshot wounds."

      Police said the husband and wife were found shot dead in a front room, while the child was located in a back bedroom.

      Police said they received a domestic call earlier Wednesday evening from the house.

      Neighbors said the couple had been separated the last couple of months and that the woman was living at her parent's house. Neighbors said the man was in the U.S. Army and had returned from Iraq within in the last year.

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      Who does Parental Alienation (PAS) Protect?

      Parental Alienation (PAS)

      An abuser- even a CONVICTED Abusers-CRIMES-Parental Alienation is used in Family Court to Give the children to the Abusers.

      I was ‘alienating” because HE beat the hell out of me- convicted in criminal court 8 times!! …and the Courts actually set it up in CO-PARENTING for him to CONTINUE for years to Assault.

      PAS is a Defense to Batterers. It is ONLY used with abusers and ONLY in CASES of Abuse to SILENCE the victims.

      It calls all allegations of abuse as false- Even when proven Abuse- and Convictions-

      It is used Against the victim and every Battered Mothers WILL and DO loose their Children because of the Parental Alienation Theories-

      I urge all who are middle line on this to please use common sense before more are killed and suffer irreparable harm as a result of the use of PAS.

      I am a PAS casualty - even with Criminal Convictions of Violence the response was- "we don't want the daughter to KNOW what the Father did to the mother"

      Parental Alienation- and my daughter went to the abuser I have barely seen her in over a decade.

      This is what Parental Alienation does.. the truth- is to protect from allegations of ALL Abuse- and Defends the Abusers. period.


      Claudine Dombrowski Photos of Abuse | Stop Family Violence


      There is a crisis in our nation's family courts. Judges are awarding child custody to abusers and pedophiles and punishing the safe parent who tries to protect the children from harm. In this section you ...



      Claudine Dombrowski Photos of Abuse

      As you view these photos keep in mind that the court awarded FULL CUSTODY of their daughter to the "man" who did this to Claudine.

      To read Claudine's history that was submitted to the IACHR, click here

      If you want to know some of the many reasons women stay in abusive relationships, click here


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      Dr. Richard Gardner's Complete Autopsy Report


      Dr. Richard Gardner, M.D.

      born April 28, 1931

      Committed Suicide

      May 25, 2003


      Incised wounds of chest and neck."

      Allow us to disabuse the pro-abusers. Dr. Richard Gardner's son told the New York Times that his father committed suicide. Contrary to false assertions made by the father's rights movement, Richard Gardner most certainly did not die peacefully in his sleep.

      It was far uglier than that.

      The Bergen County (New Jersey) Medical Examiner reported that Dr. Richard Gardner died a gory, bloody and violent death - from his own hand. Gardner took an overdose of prescription medication while stabbing himself several times in the neck and chest. Gardner plunged a butcher knife deep into his heart.

      The medical examiner removed the knife from Gardner's chest and listed the stabbing wounds as the cause of death.

      (Here is Gardner's autopsy report and the NY Times obituary.)

      County Of Bergen

      Department of Public Safety

      Medical Examiner Autopsy Report

      May 27, 2003


      GARDNER, Richard A.


      New York Times

      June 9, 2003, Monday


      Richard Gardner, 72, Dies;

      Cast Doubt on Abuse Claims


      "Dr. Richard A. Gardner, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who developed a theory about parental alienation syndrome, which he said could lead children in high-conflict custody cases to falsely accuse a parent of abuse, died on May 25 at his home in Tenafly, N.J. He was 72.

      The cause was suicide, said Dr. Gardner's son, Andrew, who said his father had been distraught over the advancing symptoms of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a painful neurological syndrome.

      Dr. Gardner, who testified in more than 400 child custody cases, maintained that children who suffered from parental alienation syndrome had been indoctrinated by a vindictive parent and obsessively denigrated the other parent without cause.

      In severe cases, he recommended that courts remove children from the homes of the alienating parents and place them in the custody of the parents accused of abuse.

      His theory has provoked vehement opposition from some mental health professionals, child abuse experts and lawyers. Critics argue that it lacks a scientific basis, noting that the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association have not recognized it as a syndrome.

      They also say that the theory is biased against women, as allegations of abuse are usually directed at fathers, and that it is used as a weapon by lawyers seeking to undermine a mother's credibility in court." ...

      ... "His marriage to Lee Gardner ended in divorce. In addition to his son, of Cherry Hill, N.J., he is survived by two daughters, Nancy Gardner Rubin of Potomac, Md., and Julie Gardner Mandelcorn, of Newton, Mass.; his mother, Amelia Gardner of Manhattan; eight grandchildren; and his partner, Natalie Weiss.

      Correction: June 14, 2003, Saturday An obituary on Monday about Dr. Richard A. Gardner, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, misstated his position at Columbia University. He was a clinical professor of psychiatry in the division of child and adolescent psychiatry -- an unpaid volunteer -- not a professor of child psychiatry."

      End of Obituary Excerpt


      A comment about Dr. Richard Gardner's suicide released by the last man to cross examine him, attorney Richard Ducote:

      ¬Ý¬ÝJune 1, 2003

      "Parental Alienation Syndrome is a bogus, pro-pedophillic fraud concocted by Richard Gardner. I was the last attorney to cross examine Gardner. In Paterson, NJ, he admitted that he has not spoken to the Dean of Columbia's medical school for over 15 years, and has not had hospital admitting privileges for over 25 years.

      He has not been court appointed to do anything for decades.

      The only two appellate courts in the country who have considered the question of whether PAS meets the Frye test, i.e., whether it is generally accepted in the scientific community, said it does not. As Dr. Paul Fink, former president of the American Psychiatric Association has stated, Dr. Gardner and PAS should be only a "pathetic footnote" in psychiatric history. Gardner and his bogus theory have done untold damage to sexually and physically abused children and their protective parents. PAS has been rejected by every reputable organization considering it.

      In a Florida case in which I was recently involved, when the judge insisted on a Frye hearing, Gardner simply did not show up. Perhaps because he finally realized that the entire nation was on to his scam, he committed suicide on May 25. Let's pray that his ridiculous, dangerous PAS foolishness died with him."

      Richard Ducote

      attorney at law

      New Orleans, LA

      Dr. Richard Gardner, seen here at age 67 in February 1999, authored the money making PAS theory that made him a very rich man. Gardner committed suicide on May 25, 2003, plunging a seven inch butcher knife into his neck and heart. Gardner testified mostly for men, charging $500 per hour, routinely recommending custody to abusers, deprogramming children and threat therapy for mothers. Gardner was against society's overly moralistic and punitive reaction to pedophiles.

      To get a better understanding of the damage Dr. Richard Gardner did in his lifetime, go to this link:

      Dr. Richard Gardner - Parental Alienation Syndrome

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