January 31, 2010
You want justice? Pack the court room with people wearing purple ribbons.
Vernetta Cockerham and RitaAnita Linger proved this strategy worked in North Carolina. PETA proved it worked when a couple of punks savagely killed a stray dog. Sadly, nobody showed up to pack the same judge’s courtroom when a little girl was allegedly raped by her daddy. Nobody cared about what happened to that little girl until her daddy killed four Lakewood, WA cops. A teenager in the same county was similarly not protected from her daddy’s abuse. Nobody cared about what happened to her until her daddy killed a cop and wounded another. This brave teenager ended up having to protect the cops during a close-range shoot-out with her daddy.
Truth be told, the system still doesn’t care about the welfare of those two girls. Gov. Christine Gregoire is deeply concerned about the welfare of her police officers, but preventing domestic violence isn’t a priority for her. She doesn’t get that those cops are all dead because domestic violence victims don’t get much real protection in Pierce County, WA. And, she certainly doesn’t get how much Washington’s failure to make domestic violence a priority is costing the taxpayers.
Searching for Justice © 2009, Carole May
Bravo, Rights for Mothers!
Pit bull abusers have lots of Internet help available to them on how to manipulate the legal system as an instrument of abuse. They quickly learn they’ll go to jail for physicial abuse. In jail, they learn that they can more brutally ~ and legally ~ hurt a mother by taking away her kids. In a strategy as old as Adam blaming Eve for the apple, they turn the tables on their victims. Women fiercely trying to protect their kids from brutal fathers find themselves called prostitutes and addicts and mentally unstable. Many find their professional careers blackballed by false accusations and innuendos.
Rights for Mothers, however, is a valiant advocate for these women. Her blog focuses on Parental Alienation Syndrome which all the experts agree is bullshit, but judges around the country keep falling for it. Why? They either are abusive behind their own closed doors or they have never been to judicial training to learn about the dynamics of litigation abuse and how to stop it.
Rights for Mothers has been a champion for women like Julie Levine ~ where is the media ~ why don’t they engage in their First Amendment duty to investigate? And, Lisa Hutchings ~ who lost her kids to her uber-rich Florida husband with a history of crack abuse. And, Claudine Dombrowski ~ who lost her kids in Kansas because she was disabled by her ex-husband’s abuse. Go figure. It boggles the mind how a judge could find it in the best interest of these kids to be with their brutal fathers rather than with their fiercely protective mothers.
Bravo, Claudine Dombrowski!
Despite her disabilities, Claudine Dombrowski didn’t go quietly into the night. She’s breaking down the walls of silence on her blog. And, she followed in Vernetta Cockerham’s footsteps. Last week, she and Rights for Mothers packed the courtroom, and Ms. Dombrowski finally got some justice. The judge opined that she had a First Amendment right to break down the walls of silence. Are you listening WordPress?
Breaking Down the Walls of Silence: Power of the Sisterhood and the Press
In August, 2009, O Magazine did extensive investigative journalism into Vernetta Cockerham’s story. Her story, sadly, is the story of many women experiencing domestic violence.
Denise Richards got justice ~ it took her four very long years. She was quite fortunate to have the funds to prevail over her ex-husband actor Charlie Sheen, who is a serial pit-bull abuser. Sandra Boss similarly was able to fund the long fight to hold her ex-husband “Clark Rockefeller” accountable for kidnapping their daughter Snooks. He’s now serving five years in prison.
Sadly, most women don’t have that kind of money. Lisa Hutchings, for example, lost her kids to abusive ex-husbands with money and power twice because she didn’t have the money to put up a viable fight. Their buddies have engaged in a nasty Internet campaign to discredit her with vicious, anonymous comments to blog posts supporting her. This strategy is as old as preachers falsely suggesting Mary Magdalene is a prostitute because she was Jesus’ favorite disciple.
I hope those of you walking in the shoes of these brave women will click on the purple words in this post. You are most definitely not alone, and the litigation abuse you are experiencing is not unique. We all need to contribute our own talents to break down the walls of silence and demand justice. When we band together as sisters, we will all be empowered. And, we will get justice. Finally.Posted by Anne Caroline Drake under DV in the News, Protection Circles | Tags: abuse of power, activist, child abuse, child custody, Claudine Dombrowski, Denise Richards, domestic violence, empowerment, family court reform, Gov. Christine Gregoire, Let'sGetHonest, Lisa Hutchings, litigation abuse, O Magazine, parental alienation, Pierce County WA, pit bull abusers, RightsforMothers, Rita Anita Linger, Sandra Boss, Vernetta Cockerham |
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