Rally Tomorrow for Gracie in Tennessee!
“My father is a monster. He is a rapist; he is a molester; he is a liar; and he is a killer.”
Gracie is a brave girl who has taken to social media to expose childhood-long sexual abuse by her father because Family Court has ignored her reports of abuse and forced her into his custody.
There is a rally tomorrow, June 22, 1pm, 135 4th Ave. South, Franklin, Tennessee, in support of Gracie being protected--finally! Please attend if you are in the area.
Gracie just wants to live with her safe, loving mother. Her friend's and her videos should be entered into evidence as "Evidentiary Abuse Affidavits" making it harder for the judge to disregard them, especially now that they are public.
Judge Deanna Bell Johnson (pictured) is just the latest judge disregarding and covering up the reported physical abuse of Gracie’s mom and brother, along with her sexual abuse. Notably, Judge Johnson and her husband, a state senator are members of the private Christian school that Gracie attends, which she says has not helped protect her or her brother and has also been covering up their abuse.
The rally coincides with an afternoon hearing on the father’s defamation lawsuit against 30 of Gracie's supporters who have spoken out in support of Gracie. The defendants have asked for dismissal on the grounds the lawsuit’s aim is to silence them, thus violating their right to free speech. The defamation case is before Judge James Martin and local media has been covering it as a freedom of speech issue, so that should be interesting.
The rally is also for getting justice for her brother, Grant, who she claims was murdered by her father to silence him about the sexual abuse.
Link to Gracie's video
Link to Gracie's friend Anna's video
Angelie, a doctor, first lost custody when she reported serious DV by her husband a decade ago: a violent incident involving strangling. Judge Philip Smith accepted the father’s claim that she strangled herself, despite corroboration of the attack by family members and professionals supporting her credibility. He determined Angelie was mentally ill, put her in a mental institution and gave sole custody of Gracie and Grant to the father, who was allowed to keep the kids away from their mother for many years.
Gracie’s brother, Grant, was killed last year in a suspicious accident where the father was present, and Gracie believes he murdered him to silence him. Grant had just turned 18 and was planning to go to authorities to try to help protect his sister from his father. Gracie is fearful her father will harm or kill her and is trying to get a decent investigation conducted into his death.
There have been many reports of abuse over the entirety of Gracie’s childhood, but Family Court, CPS, police, the children’s school and the court-appointed GAL have continually disregarded and covered up the evidence. Judge Deanna Bell Johnson took over the cover up a few years back. She will be MIA on Tuesday rally day, which is unsurprising, considering the public attention now on her giving custody to a credibly accused DV perpetrator and rapist.
Gracie says she’s been abused by her father for as long as she can remember and Angelie has been trying to protect her children unsuccessfully since the divorce. Judge Johnson recently further disempowered Angelie by ruling she may not file any more motions. This misuse of the “vexatious litigant” policy silence is common in protective mother cases.
SHAME on Judge Deanna Bell Johnson!
Give Gracie back to her mother!!
TWC NOTE: Unfortunately we just found out about the rally so no time to gather our moms to attend, but if you can make it on short notice, plz let TWC know. We will watch for any future rallies, but they may be silenced. Watch this page.
FREEDOM FOR GRACIE ON:
Franklin rally planned in support of alleged victim of abuse, to coincide with court hearing
Williamson County family exchanges litigation over accusations of child abuse, murder
14yo Gracie Says Her Father Raped Her and Murdered Her Brother
Why aren’t we hearing her story?
MORE INFO on the crisis:
The Custody Crisis: Why It's Happening & How We Can End It
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[PICTURED: left: Gracie; top: Gracie with mom Angelie; middle: Gracie with Grant; bottom: Judge Deanna Bell Johnson]
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.