We hereby petition U.S. Senators to permit Coral Anika Theill and other former members of People of Praise to testify at the confirmation hearing of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court of the United States.
Coral's request to U.S. Senators detailing her abuse:
Ms. Theill must be allowed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the public about the gender discrimination, subjugation and crimes committed against her in Amy Coney Barrett's sect. By being a leader in the sect, Judge Barrett is complicit in the subjugation and oppression of women and even of crimes, as Coral bravely details in her letter to Senators requesting to testify.
Judge Barrett declared, “A legal career is but a means to an end, and that end is building the kingdom of God.” This, along with statements supporting her destructive stance on women’s issues, makes it clear that Barrett’s ideology will influence her rulings and set women’s fight for equality and autonomy back a century.
We know from experience that patriarchal influence in our judiciary has very real, negative effects, as women are routinely discriminated against in Family Courts across the country. Judges are taking custody away from women in epidemic numbers and placing children under the control of abusive and self-serving fathers. A judge took Coral’s 8 children away from her, including a nursing infant, and allowed the father to turn them against her.
The California Judicial Council acknowledges, “Family Law is an area in which gender bias is rampant in the courts.” This form of discrimination is causing incalculable harm to countless women and their children. Women will never be equal or free until they have the power to maintain custody and protect their children after divorce.
If we mean to fix persisting sexism in our State and Federal courts, and we should, we cannot allow anyone who supports patriarchal control of women to be on the highest court in the land. In the name of gender equality, we take the stand that such serious allegations of complicity in the oppression and subjugation of women against Barrett must not go unaddressed or uninvestigated.
We need the truth of Amy Coney Barrett's involvement in her sexist sect to be debated in the public arena, in full view of voters. For that we need testimony of Coral Anika Theill.
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October 8, 2020
Dear U. S. Senators,
My name is Coral Anika Theill, aka Kathryn Y. Warner (nee Hall). I legally changed my name in 1999 to Coral Anika Theill when I entered a state address confidentiality (protection) program for safety from my ex-husband, Marty Warner, i.e, V. Martin Warner, Independence, Oregon.
I would like to testify at the confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as to the oppression, abuse and crimes that I and other women were victims of in the People of Praise sect, to which Amy belongs. Although men have ultimate authority in the sect, women leaders, like Amy, are complicit in the subordination and mistreatment of lower status women like me.
I became a member of the Vine and Branches sect in 1979 in Corvallis, Oregon. It was formally absorbed into People of Praise in 1982 and I escaped the group in 1984. My abuse became more severe after we became a People of Praise Community.
The entire time I was there, I was under the control of men and subjected to psychological abuse, including undue influence, threats, shaming, and shunning by leaders and my husband. Coercive persuasion was used on my children to turn them against me. My husband and community leaders used coercive control, isolation and intimidation to strip me of my personhood, safety and freedoms guaranteed to me as a United States citizen. They also launched a smear campaign when I finally got the courage to leave.
The actual crimes committed against me in the sect were: marital rape, false imprisonment, kidnapping, and illegal interrogation. I did not know these were crimes at the time. I believe these crimes are still occurring in People of Praise communities and need to be investigated.
The People of Praise Community that I was forced by my husband to join, was founded in South Bend, Indiana in 1971. I met and attended meetings with the founder, Paul DeCelles and attended a retreat which his wife, Jeanne DeCelles, led. They teach that men have total authority over their wives. Their policies are based on the domination of men and submission of women. They assert that men’s power is absolute and instill fear in women that great harm will come to whoever questions and/or defies that power.
I was told I had to obey my husband, who was my “head”. I was required to be a "helpmeet", which is a biblical term for a wife’s duty to “help” her husband, i.e. do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. This was a main reason my husband wanted to join the group—to give him complete control over me. I had to ask my husband if I could leave the house, go to the store or anywhere else. I was not permitted to do anything without his permission, even go to the store or the doctor. My husband instructed me in what kind of clothes I could wear, how to style my hair, whether I could wear make-up or not, when and what I could eat or drink. Even bodily functions were monitored.
He told me what books I could read and destroyed books if he disapproved of them,
including a favorite of mine, Our Bodies Ourselves: A Book by and for Women, by the Boston Women’s Health Collective. His comments toward me were consistently insulting and demeaning. I couldn’t do anything right in his eyes.
I was not allowed access to money or knowledge about our finances. I was forbidden to work outside the home or attend college classes. I was allowed to buy groceries and I purchased most of the children’s and my clothes and household items at second-hand shops. My husband read my incoming and outgoing mail. I was not allowed to read a newspaper.
I was forbidden to take birth control and was even accompanied by my husband to OBGYN appointments. I was required to submit to my husband's demands for sex at any time - even immediately after giving birth. My husband could rape me at will and that was fine with the leadership. The most serious crime committed against me while in the People of Praise were continuous marital rapes.
I had to attend weekly meetings, retreats, mandated women’s meetings and ministry meetings. Little time was left for family or self. The male “heads” of the sect, those in highest authority, were the main force in controlling members’ actions and thoughts. “Headship” involved matters such as the discipline of children, how to deal with a wife, how to help one’s wife see and deal with her problems, whether to have another baby, what kind of car or home to buy, etc. Husbands sometimes sought help by their own “heads,” on how to get their wives to fall in line—obey.
Each week I was forced to endure a “headship” meeting with my husband who would “correct” me and the children. He would remind me that I set an example for the children by obeying him in all things, and this was a direct correlation to how they would respond and obey him. My husband reported to leaders in his own “headship” meeting any comments I had made that questioned his absolute authority. He kept a black book and listed each of my infractions.
When I tried to share my feelings with my husband and the leaders, my feelings were dismissed. I was told how I should feel. They were the authorities and that fact gave them the right to rule over my emotions. I was required to tell my innermost thoughts and emotions to a woman leader called a “handmaid”, who reported what I said to the male leaders who then reported them to my husband, who could then “correct” me in our headship meeting.
When I dared to question or use my own reasoning processes, I was called a rebel and mentally ill and told I had to atone. The threat of being put in a mental institution was added to the litany of humiliations. I was subjected to exorcism and put in “special counseling” with Father Charles Harris, the People of Praise Community leader.
I was forced to attend a People of Praise Community women's retreat where the other women shunned me. They were not allowed to speak to me or look at me. I was often forced to sit on the floor, outside of Community meetings where members would pass by and shun me. I was an outcast, yet not allowed to leave the Community because my husband still was a member.
I was not permitted to see outside friends or relatives. My father died in 1984, during the beginning of my fourth pregnancy in 1984. My husband did not permit me to visit him in the I.C.U. at the hospital the night he died.
When my husband was out-of-town, he assigned other men in the community to “check-up” on me or leaders would enlist members from the Vancouver branch to "watch" me in my own home so I could not leave, call friends or escape.
I lived under the constant threat by my husband and the leaders that great harm would come to me if I didn’t obey them, including taking my children away. After I left, Family Court did their bidding and took custody of my children away from me and allowed my husband to alienate them from me. I was threatened they would put me in a mental institution if I did not submit to their authority. I now understand this was a crime: false imprisonment.
One example of the oppression I endured is that after my second miscarriage and D & C surgery in the spring of 1984, I was required to attend the mandatory People of Praise women’s meeting. I was still bleeding heavily and was weak from the surgery. The women wished to go on a shopping excursion that evening. I shared I would be unable to go shopping with them and walked out of the meeting. The “handmaid” of the women’s group, Connie Hackenbruck, immediately called my husband and reported my disobedience. My husband called another member, Bruce Bernning, to watch our three children and as soon as I arrived home, I was forced into a car and driven to the home of Ed Brown, my husband’s “head.” He told me that some people (like me) couldn’t “cut the mustard”—the narrow walk with Jesus Christ. I told him I was tired and wanted to go home but it was only after several more hours of interrogation, I was finally allowed to leave.
Because I was brought and kept at Ed’s house against my will and he used insults and threats during the interrogation, I believe this fits the crimes of kidnapping and illegal interrogation. The next day the members in the community were instructed to shun me – not to speak to me. I was considered “poisonous” and a danger to the community’s well-being, but still forced to attend meetings and women’s retreats. Shunning is a cruel and inhumane practice within many church groups and cults, a form of silent ridicule. My crime: I was in disobedience to the leaders.
I experienced much depression and anxiety as a result of all of this abuse. I still suffer from PTSD.
Head coordinators and their wives from South Bend, Indiana, Amy’s group, would visit our Community periodically presenting at retreats. Paul and Jeannie DeCelles and Bud and Sharon Rose were frequent speakers. Bud and Sharon Rose eventually moved from South Bend to live in Corvallis for a year, so there was much coordination and interaction between the two communities.
One of People of Praise’s first leaders, Notre Dame professor Adrian Reimer, confirms that the husband is always the “head of his wife" and the wife must “submit in all things”. He said a "married woman is expected always to reflect the fact that she is under her husband’s authority.” In his book, Not Reliable Guides, Reimers describes how a married woman in the People of Praise is "expected always to reflect the fact that she is under her husband's authority…This goes beyond an acknowledgment that the husband is 'head of the home' or head of the family; he is, in fact, her personal pastoral head. Whatever she does requires at least his tacit approval. The wife, as a good member of the community, has a prima facie obligation to obey her husband as the bearer of God's will. In practice, this means that the two do not—indeed, cannot—relate as equals." The "subordinate role of women to men is a fundamental cultural premise" for the group, he wrote.
People of Praise has released a statement to the media saying they were unaware of any abuse, but that is not true. They were actors in the abuse I suffered. There are numerous individuals who witnessed the abuse I have reported, some of whom are willing to testify. I documented the abuse I suffered in my published memoir, BONSHEA Making Light of the Dark, in 2003 and 2013. No one has refuted my claims or sued me for defamation. My memoir has been used as a college text for nursing students at Linfield College, Portland, Oregon and has been cited in many articles and books.
At her nomination party at the White House, Amy deflected from accusations of the gender discrimination in her sect by saying she and her husband share domestic tasks. First of all, she is a leader in the community, so she has a much better life than most women who are expected to stay home, keep having babies, even when it is unhealthy or dangerous, and take care of children themselves, as I was forced to do. But the more important point is that there is not equality or autonomy for women in the sect, instead a serious imbalance of power between men and women.
It should be concerning to members of Congress that Amy did not disclose her membership in the sect to the Senate, while information about her involvement and leadership in the People of Praise Community has been scrubbed from the internet. It appears that she—and the male leaders she is beholden to—are trying to hide her leadership in the community; however, a Washington Post source has provided documentation supporting she is (or was) a handmaid and a top woman leader. The public has a right to hear about her sect’s commission of crimes and abuse of women.
I believe crimes and abuse against women are being committed systematically and methodically by People of Praise under the cover of religion. But this is not about religion. It is about power men are given to keep women under their control.
I have witnesses who can corroborate my abuse and know former members who can give written testimony (and perhaps in person) as to the abuse and subjugation of women in the People of Praise sect. The confirmation hearings should include this testimony.
I would very much like to testify to the Senate in person as I believe the public should hear first-hand about Amy Coney Barrett’s support of patriarchal ideology and resulting oppression of women. This should be a disqualifier for the highest court in the land.
Coral Anika Theill
Aka Kathryn Y. Warner (nee Hall)
Author, Advocate & Military Reporter
Memoir: BONSHEA Making Light of the Dark
Contributing Writer for Leatherneck Magazine, “Short Rations
For Marines” & “RECLAMATION: A Survivor’s Anthology”
“I lived the Handmaid’s Tale [in “People of Praise”]…A lot of us suffered Stockholm syndrome and many of the women were on anti-depressants and tranquilizers.”
Coral Anika Theill
Coral Anika Theill, a mom who had eight children taken and alienated from her, is speaking on MSM [see link below] about the People of Praise “cult” to which Judge Amy Barrett, Trump’s favorite pick for US Supreme Court, belongs. This so-called cult germinated at Notre Dame University where Barrett teaches law, so she is apparently in deep.
Coral lived for decades in the People of Praise cult and says it was brutally oppressive to women. Men have complete control, which makes Barrett the perfect Trump nominee, as a main agenda of the Republican party is to control women’s reproduction.
The Custody Crisis is an extension of this age-old male agenda. They also want to control the fruits of reproduction: the children. So, when women gained the power to divorce and live independently, men created the Family Court system to give judges special power to enable men to take children and abuse and/or alienate them from the mother if they so choose.
Coral is a victim of this sexist system. A Family Court judge took away her EIGHT children, including a breastfeeding infant, and then allowed the father to completely alienate them from her. And the People of Praise community is just fine with a man eliminating the mother of his children.
If Barrett is nominated on Saturday, Coral will be calling all 100 US senators to warn them about her cult and object to her placement on the Supreme Court.
Activists: call your senators and say you are with the Women's Coalition and object to Amy Barrett being on the Supreme Court! Call (202) 224-3121and you’ll be transferred to any senator.
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“I hope you know how much I tried to get you…I have no idea what to do without you.”
Kelsey, Autumn’s mom
Systemic sexism has led to yet another child’s murder, by “homicidal violence” according to the coroner.
A Sherburne County, Minnesota Family Court judge ordered shared custody despite evidence of abuse, including a protective order. Worse, the father was permitted to keep Little Autumn completely away from her mother for over a half year, so the abuse and her deteriorating condition was not fully realized.
Police had been called to the father’s house by neighbors who suspected child abuse over 30 times, many of which were referred to social services. Meanwhile, her mother, Kelsey, desperately tried to get custody and enforce her visitation, to no avail.
Autumn’s step-siblings described terrible abuse including binding her hands and trapping her inside a sleeping bag with only her head poking out and left to sleep like that.
Autumn’s cause of death was asphyxia caused by drowning but an autopsy revealed puncture wounds on Autumn’s head, hair loss, atrophied muscles, severe emaciation, bruising on her hands and hips, and bleeding in her abdomen and brain.
The father and stepmother have been arrested and charged with murder.
As usual, the father was empowered by a system steeped in sexism to take and abuse “his” child, while a wonderful, primary nurturing mother was disempowered and unable to maintain custody or visitation and prevented from protecting her child.
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Kelsey’s message to Autumn:
My beautiful sweet baby. These photos are a perfect representation of who you are. Always smiling and being silly. You loved SO much. Your father kept you from me for several months and he then took your life. I hope you know how much I tried to get you. I hope you know how much I love every single part of who you are and I am so proud of how incredibly kind, thoughtful and amazing you are. I have no idea what to do without you. Noah and Delylah and all of your siblings were lucky to have a sister like you. I am so proud to be your mother and I know you will always be with me. I love you Autumn Lee.
Before Minn. Girl's Death, Police Were Called to Dad and Girlfriend's Home 30 Times
“You are all complicit in the cover up of my sons’ horrific abuse…Over three years ago, you gave full custody to a child abuser who had been sexually abusing my sons and allowing others to do so for many years, for most of their lives, apart from the two years I kept them safe after they [first] disclosed.”
“An Open Letter to the Judges Who Have Ruined my Sons Childhoods”
Brave and determined, Samantha has videotaped an open letter to the Family Court and Appellate judges who gave full custody to her ex, despite an STD, drugs in the kids' systems, and other strong evidence that he had sexually assaulted them over a long period of time.
Sam has not been allowed to see her boys for a very long time. She is hoping this open letter goes viral and helps her in her efforts to reunite with her sons, so please share.
In her open letter, Sam details the strong evidence of sexual abuse disregarded by Family Court Judge Jeremy Lea. Judge Lea spun the evidence of the father’s drugging of the children to Sam being the one who drugged them so as to justify switching custody to him. She also holds Appellate Court Justices Jackson and Lord McFarland accountable since they upheld Lea's ruling.
It’s important to understand that Family Court judges’ enabling of sexual abuse is a subset of the millions of contested custody cases around the world in which judges switch custody to fathers, abusive or not. It is also a subset of men’s age-old implicit prerogative to sexually assault women and children. Both have had tacit approval through systems which permit men to get away with sexual assault.
These two issues should not be confused, because, while child sexual assault is the most horrific crime, it is not the core issue in Family Court. The fundamental issue in contested custody cases is POWER: the systemic emPOWERing of fathers to take custody of children away from primary nurturing mothers, which entitles them to abuse them if they so choose; and the systemic disemPOWERing of mothers from maintaining custody and protecting their children after divorce.
There are plenty of organizations fighting against child sexual assault. This will do nothing for mothers trying to protect their children in Family Court.
The only thing that will help mothers keep and protect their children after divorce is a new system where judges do not have the power to empower fathers and disempower mothers.
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“Custody Crisis Rabbit Holes” is a series of articles illustrating some of the main ways women are being misled about the nature and cause of the custody crisis. They divert from the understanding that the crisis is women unjustly losing custody and an understanding that the core cause is systemic male entitlement. The fact that so many women are getting caught up in these rabbit holes, sidetracked from the truth, is a main reason there has been no progress in a half century on this critical social justice issue.
There are numerous rabbit holes women go down when attempting to make sense of why they lost custody or were unable to protect their children in Family Court. Depending on the facts of their case, social media involvement, and which organizations they turn to for help, women enter different rabbit holes, often getting stuck in more than one.
Some Custody Crisis rabbit holes:
“Abuse” rabbit hole occupants believe the problem is judges giving kids to abusers, rather than fathers; “money” rabbit hole inhabitants believe it is profiteering, funding or other financial incentives causing the crisis; “alienation” rabbit hole residents say parental alienation is the problem; and the "rights" rabbit hole is occupied by those who believe the problem is denial of women's, parent, family or children’s rights. With the exception of women's rights, they are all gender neutral concepts, and none identify the core issue as systemic male entitlement. Each of them will be gone over in depth in future segments.
Some rabbit holes are promoted by well-intentioned activists, who themselves misconstrue the crisis. However, many groups are created or infiltrated by fathers’ rights activists [FRA’s] who operate covertly as parent, family, grandchildren and children’s rights activists, or as victims of parental alienation or a corrupt system.
FRA's entice women into rabbit holes to confuse, divert and divide them, and to garner support for their own (often hidden) agenda—family court legislation that benefits men at the expense of women and children, such as mandatory equal parenting. They spend enormous amounts of time and energy on bamboozling women, because they know the one thing that can seriously threaten men's power over "their" women and children after divorce is women uniting as a class to take back the power to keep and protect their children.
Women should not feel bad about getting caught in a rabbit hole or two. Most go down at least one during their Family Court nightmare, because misinformation about the crisis abounds. The important thing to recognize is that all of these rabbit holes divert and distract from understanding that the root of the crisis is systemic sexism and that is what needs to be eradicated to stop the taking and endangering of our children.
A cultural shift is necessary recognizing the importance of the primary attachment figure, usually the mother, in a child's life, along with legislation for a new system which will uphold the best interests of children after divorce. Because the Family Court system is designed so judges have the power to discriminate against and oppress women, custody cases must be removed from Family Court and heard in a regular civil court with a jury, along with other due process protections outlined in the “Child Custody Act”.
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“Mommy let's hide. I want to stay home. Protect me mom, I don't want to leave.”
Ten minutes after a Dutch judge issued his ruling giving the abusive father sole custody, police came and took 3 year-old Lily-Mae screaming and crying from her mother.
The judge justified this horrific treatment by deeming Lily-Mae’s mother “uncooperative” and restricted her to occasional supervised visits.
“Uncooperative” is a cousin to “alienation” and “unfriendly parent” and “interference in custody”, all stock justifications used by judges to switch custody to the father.
3 words explain this universal horror: Systemic Male Entitlement.
Women still, after 10,000 years, do not have the power to keep their children if the father decides he wants them, whether for financial reasons, to maintain control, to vindictively punish the mother, to abuse the child, or whatever.
Time for women to Wise Up and Rise Up!
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Video of the seizure:
“The judge spoke, and with that Lily-Mae was snatched away. Away from her home, from her family, away from everything familiar to her.
And why? Not because she was not safe at home, not because she was mistreated, not because mom, grandpa and grandma didn't take good care of her.
Because Mommy can't make contact with the man who mistreated her. The man she fled from when she got pregnant, to protect herself and her baby.
Lily-Mae has been living with her mom and grandmother for three and a half years since she was born. And after three and a half years it was decided that because mum cannot cooperate, the child goes to the biological father.
She has been forcibly taken. Against the advice of the Child Protection Board! Against the advice of the general practitioner, behavioral expert, and psychologist. Away from the place where she was loved, where she was loved and cared for, where all her friends are. First to a foster home, and from there to a man she has never seen all her life.
Mother, grandmother and grandfather remain in a quiet and empty house, a house full of toys, cuddly toys, doors full of photos, a nursery and an empty bed.”
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“Oh, I’m dead. Don’t expect me to come home. My dad is going to kill me.”
10 year old Nakota RIP
"The system failed Nakota and it cost him his life…Kelly had made numerous complaints to…[Family Court] about [the father’s] treatment of their son…[T]here were many red flags about [the father’s] treatment of Nakota — from failing to properly feed the boy to ignoring him during visits to WORSE THINGS THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO SPEAK ABOUT — that Kelly shared with [Family Court]…The court system [says] there's not enough [evidence]. We have to drop the case.”
Nakota was murdered by his father after saying he would be killed if forced to visit him. His mother, Kelly tried her best to protect him, but was compelled by a custody order to send him to visit his father unsupervised.
Nakota’s father has admitted to suffocating him by placing a plastic bag over his head. Nakota's body has not yet been found.
As usual, the judge minimized and disregarded abundant evidence of abuse, which easily met the preponderance of evidence burden necessary to protect a child. The judge, disgustingly, told the mother to “drop the case” i.e. stop trying to protect Nakota.
MSM is focused on social services failing to protect Nakota, but it is the Family Court judge who decides custody and is responsible for his death. MSM reports on lame excuses for Nakota's death and does not name the judge.
Shame on Christine James-Brown, CEO of the Child Welfare League of America, for shifting blame from social services and family court to family, friends, doctors, and teachers. And for saying the problem is “the lack of clear communication between case workers and the judicial system”. That is just a red herring giving the judge cover for his culpability in Nakota's murder. Family court judges receive all the evidence from social services, on top of the mother's reports.
James-Brown also says custody battles “often add another layer of complexity when it comes to responding to and investigating reports [of abuse].” Which is just another way of saying the mother may be coaching her child to report abuse in order to get the upper hand in custody.
Tragically for mothers and children all over the world, these tired old narratives give the public the wrong idea about what is causing the epidemic of children being harmed, and even killed, after custody and unsupervised visitation is given to self-serving, vindictive and abusive fathers.
In social media we are speaking the truth: Nakota’s death was not caused by a broken system or lack of laws, but by a system that is working as intended: to entitle and empower men over their children (and exes through their children) after divorce.
Non-MSM (good) article:
10-Year-Old Nakota Kelly, Who Told Mom “My Dad is Going to Kill Me,” is Missing, Presumed Dead, and Dad is Charged With Murder
Did mother's report about son's safety go unheeded? DCS, citing confidentiality, won't say
“…[Keira’s death] was no accident, but a deliberate act by a disturbed man empowered by a Family Court system that enabled him. I believe this was preventable. He did the unthinkable, the worst possible thing, which was to remove her from this world completely and thus leaving me to bear this pain for the rest of my life.”
Jennifer, Keira’s mom
“We did everything imaginable. We brought motions when we needed to bring them. We got court orders after court orders. The money wasn’t an issue for us and we still couldn’t save this child. I know a lot of people who have complained…that their child is suffering harm… because of the way the court system currently is.”
Phillip, Keira’s stepfather
Canadian Broadcasting's National TV just aired a story [linked below] about how a father jumped off a cliff with his daughter, Keira, after being given unsupervised visitation by a Family Court judge.
Although this is a well-intentioned attempt at raising awareness, it misleads the public as to the nature and cause of the custody crisis, and ineffective solutions are being proposed.
Keira’s mom, Jennifer, is a physician, and her new husband, Phillip, is an attorney, and even their best efforts to protect her failed. They said if they could not protect Keira, people with less education and resources would not be able to either.
They are talking to CBC to bring attention to problems in Family Court they believe led to Keira’s death. However, like so many mothers, Jennifer attributes the failure to things that occurred in her case, rather than looking at the larger picture.
They believe the problem in family court is that emotional abuse of children is not taken as seriously as physical abuse, and if there had been physical abuse Keira may have been protected. But there are countless cases where custody is given to fathers when there is substantial evidence of, or even substantiated, physical or sexual abuse.
Another problem they cite is that spousal abuse is being deemed irrelevant to parenting, i.e. a man who abuses his wife can still be a good father. A Family Court DV questionnaire is touted in the story as a solution to this problem when that will make no difference whatsoever. Even in states where judges are trained in DV and there is a presumption against custody to perps, judges are still giving these fathers custody.
So, unfortunately, the public is again being misled by MSM into believing that judges are unwittingly giving custody to abusive fathers and diverted into believing that if there were just more judicial training or new child safety or domestic violence laws, children would be protected.
But the truth is, the problem is not lack of training, laws or resources, but an agenda to keep men empowered in their family after divorce—and the Family Court system is designed so judges can effectuate that persisting male entitlement.
This means the only solution to the crisis affecting millions of women and children all over the world is to get custody cases out of Family Court and into a real civil court with a jury and other due process protections.
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Another Child Murdered Due to Systemic Male Entitlement
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Cindy Dumas, M.A. has been researching, writing, and raising awareness about the Custody Crisis since 2003, when she was unable to protect her children from their abusive father. She fled into hiding when Family Court failed her and was tricked into returning home, when her children were given to their abusive father.