“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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Ontario mother says courts could have prevented her daughter’s death
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Aneta Hadzi-Tanovic, leader of the local Illinois Women's Coalition, has filed an $8 million federal lawsuit against Family Court judge Robert Wade Johnson, the GAL, and her ex for conspiring to deprive her under the color of law of her right to due process and equal protection, as well as for the intentional torts "abuse of process" and "intentional infliction of emotional distress".
Aneta’s custody nightmare mirrors women's cases all over the country and world in which Family Court judges disregard substantial negative evidence about the father, and fabricate negative evidence about the mother, in order to justify switching custody to the father.
In Aneta’s case, the judge ignored substantial evidence of physical, psychological and emotional abuse by the father, much of it gathered by police, a forensic interviewer and social services.
Instead of protecting the children, the judge falsely found Aneta to have coached them to report abuse (i.e. alienation), hence emotionally abusive, despite no evidence to support that finding. Then he allowed the father to alienate the kids from her, to the point that they now refuse to talk to her on the phone and are so badly behaved in supervised visitation that she cannot keep a supervisor.
Aneta had a wonderful, loving relationship with her children and believed their disclosures of abuse. She did everything possible to protect them and maintain custody, but now her relationship with them has been destroyed. She has not seen her children in over a year.
Through her pain, Aneta has managed to gather the strength to hit back by filing this federal lawsuit detailing how the judge and GAL conspired in the taking and alienating of her children.
42 U.S.C. §1983 does not provide for injunctions against state judges, so it will not affect the custody ruling or bring her children back. But Aneta hopes publicity on the injustice she has endured, and especially a win in her suit, will help her case moving forward and help expose the injustices women everywhere are being subjected to.
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1. Conspiracy to deprive of due process [42 U.S.C. §1983]
2. Conspiracy to deprive of equal protection under the law [42 U.S.C. §1983]
3. Abuse of process [intentional tort]
4. Intentional infliction of emotional distress [intentional tort]
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IN ANETA’S OWN WORDS:
My ex has been abusing my children and me for very long time.
He filed 6 times to DCFS claiming I am abusing my children, all of which were rejected as unfounded. My children reported that he is forcing them to lie, but nothing has been done about it. I filed a Motion for 604.10(b) Psychological Evaluation and that was denied.
In June 2017, I was forced to sign a 50/50 Allocation Judgment under a threat by the GAL that if I don’t sign it, they will take my kids away. This was all 2 days after the Judge allowed my attorney to withdraw without giving me 21 days to retain new one, all of which is in direct violation of the Illinois Supreme Court Rule 13.
After the divorce, my ex intensified his abuse and my children reported him to social services, school officials, police, DCFS, and even a video-recorded forensic interview was done. Even though all the evidence was against my ex, the police, social services and forensic investigations were all quickly dismissed after the former GAL got involved again into everything.
In court it was all turned against me, with multiple false testimonies by the GAL, and my time was reduced from 50% to supervised visits only. There were periods of 6 months when I didn’t see or even talk to my children at all because my ex and the GAL would not agree to any supervisors. And then when supervisors were finally appointed, my ex would attack one after another for supposedly not doing their job, and they would refuse to do any more supervision.
In the meantime my children went from loving and caring and wanting to spend time with me, to swearing at me, attacking me, and stealing the stuff from my house, which was also why the last 4 supervisors refused come around my children again and supervise visits.
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"I hope our paths meet again in this journey we call 'life'...If we don't meet, I love you, always have, always will.”
Coral to daughter Rebekah
Coral is wishing her daughter a Happy 30th Birthday to her daughter the only way she can—on social media.
Family Court gave sole custody of Rebekah, along with her 7 other children, including a nursing infant, to their father and allowed him to completely alienate all 8 of them from her.
Coral’s case is a good example of how judges routinely allow men to alienate children from a good, protective mother. Women are rarely allowed to alienate children from a good, protective father, while often being falsely accused of alienating to justify switching custody to an abusive father.
EXCERPTS from birthday post [linked below]:
I will never forget your screams of terror as you, your sister, Hannah and baby Zachary were ripped away from me on March 10, 1996. My journey has been very difficult since that day.
...I reported the crimes that had been committed against you and your sister and me to an attorney and the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dallas, Oregon. The crimes are documented and the perpetrators admitted to the crimes but there was no justice.
You were RIPPED AWAY FROM ME and put in the care of the perpetrators…I, your protective mother who reported the crimes as is required by law, was not allowed to see you, talk to you, write you letters or send you gifts...
...I wrote my memoir for you and your brothers and sisters and to encourage all protective mothers around the globe who have also lost their children while seeking safety and a divorce.
I wrote my memoir hoping that my children would remember the loving times in our lives and learn the truth of my own plight and horrors that occurred within our family at the hands of your father and others who perpetrated abuse in our home.
I hoped that one of you would read it, seek counseling and become aware of the horror that our family has endured.
I dedicated my memoir to my children and to my grandchildren in the hope that they may learn the truth about me. I hope meet my grandchildren before I pass away.
“HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY TO MY DAUGHTER”
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After my 4yr old boy disclosed penetrative sexual abuse IN A FORENSIC INTERVIEW, a crooked cop who hadn't even seen the interview lied on the stand saying I coached him.
I lost custody and have to pay $90 per 2 hour visit 3 times a week for the highest level of supervised visitation.
I've also had to pay for a costly psych eval of myself even though we already had a full custody exam which revealed my psych tests were 100% normal and father's were all "invalid".
I've been besieged for 3.5 years since I escaped my abusive marriage.
Recently my ex illegally discontinued visits and I had NO CONTACT, not even by phone with my baby for two months.
Everyday is pain without my child and worrying about his safety.
FROM: "Faces of the Crisis" a Women's Coalition Exhibit
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"Ms. Zubko-Valva provided the defendants with overwhelming, irrefutable evidence of the graphic, horrific abuse, including documentary proof, audio recordings and transcriptions, photographs and medical reports."
From lawsuit filed by Justyna, Tommy's mother
Little Tommy’s mother, Justyna, filed a $200M lawsuit this week against the Family Court judge and other officials involved in her custody case, 5 months after his death at the hands of his father.
Tommy’s father was enabled by three Family Court judges to severely abuse him for many years, despite Justyna fighting hard for his protection and submitting substantial evidence of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. But, as usual in contested custody cases, the judges deemed his mother a liar and restricted her to supervised visitation, giving the father complete power and control to use and abuse his son at will.
Unfortunately, the media is failing to put Little Tommy’s death into the context of systemic sexism operating in family courts, and some outlets are spreading false narratives, which harm the movement. It is important to ask MSM to print the truth about Tommy and the Custody Crisis [see below].
One local New York outlet, Newsday, quotes the mother’s attorney, saying the judge “failed to review evidence” and that the father was given custody because he was a police officer. In fact, there were three judges who DISREGARDED substantial evidence in Tommy’s case, not “failed to review it”. This is an important distinction in getting to the crux of the matter: Family court judges are not just negligent or untrained, they are deliberately ignoring damaging evidence about fathers and fabricating damaging evidence about mothers to justify switching custody to the father.
And Tommy's father may have been a police officer, but this is an exception to the rule of most fathers getting custody regardless of occupation. Reporting only that position misleads the public into thinking it is rare for abusive fathers to be given custody.
Research shows that judges are switching custody from primary nurturing mothers to fathers in approximately 82% of cases, with 70% involving abusive fathers; and that women have never had the power to keep custody after divorce, thanks to discriminatory systems men put in place as soon as women gained the power to live independently of them.
Research also confirms it is in children’s best interest to live primarily with their primary attachment figure after divorce (and visit the other parent regularly), especially when the parents do not get along; and, of course, to restrict visitation with abusive parents.
This research and the fact that THREE judges in this one case, and thousands of other judges around the world are empowering fathers at the expense of women and children, support that it is entrenched, systemic male entitlement causing women to lose custody. The incredible devastation caused to millions of women’s and children’s lives around the world is incalculable.
As a result of this case, legislation for cameras in the courtroom and on court-affiliated officials are being promoted as a solution. It is unclear this solution is being proposed when judges ignored “mountains of evidence and can simply ignore video evidence as well.
The problem, said best by law professor Wendy Murphy, is “Family Court judges can do whatever the hell they want.” And what they want, in way too many cases, it to entitle and empower fathers, regardless of the harm it causes women and children.
What is needed is not band-aid reforms like cameras, more training or more child abuse laws, but profound structural change: a new system that removes custody cases from Family Court.
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ASK THE MEDIA to report on the real cause of Tommy’s death: the Custody Crisis.
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“People in the system failed her and us. Her death was preventable…Red flags and warning signs were ignored.” Jennifer, Keira’s Mom
Although the investigation is ongoing, Jennifer is sure that her her ex murdered Little Keira and took his own life by jumping off a steep cliff with her.
Despite Jennifer’s attempts over the years to protect Little Keira in Family Court, the systemic agenda to entitle the father, as usual, prevailed over the law: the best interests of the child. The judge allowed regular, unsupervised, overnight visitation with the abusive father.
Hence, the judge entitled the father to murder his child.
In one abusive incident, the father had shoved a rat into Keira’s mouth. Another time he kidnapped Keira and said he wouldn’t return her unless he got equal parenting time. And there was much verbal and emotional abuse.
Jennifer appealed the judge’s ruling permitting unsupervised, overnight visits, but lost. Appellate Courts almost always defer to the discretion afforded Family Court judges.
Unfortunately, Jennifer thinks the problem is that judges and custody evaluators need more training in domestic violence, and that since the abuse was emotional, it wasn’t taken seriously. So that is what the media reported along with the fact that this is a "custody battle" implying blame is more or less equal between parents.
The truth is that even if the court officials had training in domestic violence and Keira had been physically or sexually abused, she would not have been protected, because the core cause of the custody crisis is systemic male entitlement. No matter the particulars of each individual custody crisis case, most end the same, with the father getting what he wants, be it equal time or sole custody.
The only thing that will stop judges from taking and endangering our children is to end the systematic and methodical entitling and empowering of fathers, and for this we need to educate the public about the true cause of the crisis and unite to demand a new system.
If you'd like to join your local coalition and engage in activism to help end the crisis, email: email@example.com
For more information on why the Custody Crisis is occurring:
Girl found dead at bottom of Ontario cliff was murdered, family says
Family struggling to make sense of four-year-old girl’s sudden death
NOTE: For mothers who think that not having money for a good lawyer: Jennifer is a doctor and had great representation and even some good court officials reporting the father's abuse. Bottom line: it does not matter how much money you have, the agenda prevails.
[Pictured: Jennifer and Little Keira]
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In a new Guardian article that attempts to shine light on the custody crisis, reporter Sonia Sodha exposes a couple of “dangerous” family court fallacies, while unwittingly propagating other false narratives that are much more harmful. It’s important to recognize these, so women can begin to educate each other, the public and the media about what is really going on in family courts around the world.
Sodha exposes the “dangerous fallacy” propagated by fathers’ rights activists (FRA’s) that family courts are biased against men. However, Sodha misses the FRA variation that claims the family court crisis is gender neutral—caused by generic corruption—that harms both men and women. This is much more damaging than the older, biased-against-fathers fallacy, because it confuses, diverts and divides women. This renders women incapable of uniting as a class to fight the crisis—which is the only way to end it.
And that is why these covert FRA’s spend so much time and resources creating and infiltrating family court and social services reform groups, alienation and child abuse prevention groups, as well as parent, children and grandparent rights groups. Beware of all of these groups!
The other fallacy Sodha exposes is that this biased-against-men narrative is based on men not automatically getting equal parenting time, which they claim is their “right” and which, not coincidentally, reduces their child support. But this is not just a FRA fallacy. It is law in many places and is a direct result of the Family Court agenda to entitle and empower fathers.
Sodha goes on to say, “Evidence shows that the disproportionately male judiciary is more likely to rule against abused women and children.” There are two false narratives in that one statement. First, there are plenty of female judges who discriminate against women, apparently to keep a warm seat at the old boys’ table. And the problem is not that judges are ruling against “abused women”. They are ruling against “women”, abused or not. By continuing to identify the problem as of abusers, it covers the true patriarchal nature…
Sodha inadvertently spreads another false narrative that stems from the idea that judges are just getting “abuse” cases wrong. She states that “women who have suffered domestic abuse…face an uphill battle” because “some judges have no understanding of domestic abuse…” This implies that training judges will fix the problem, when the facts, evidence and thousands-of-cases refute.
Sodha talks about cuts to legal aid, but the truth is, even women who have money for the best legal help, usually lose. She discusses how parental alienation is mainly being used against mothers, which is true, but does not make clear that alienation is the number one male entitlement tactic, and that after custody is switched, the father is allowed to alienate the children from the mother.
Sodha concludes that the “balance of evidence points to a system that is biased against abused women and children, not innocent, falsely accused men.”
The truth is: the system is not just biased against abused women and children. It systematically and methodically discriminates against all women and children.
PLEASE share widely to help educate moms and the public and dispel the false narratives.
The idea that family courts are biased against men is a dangerous fallacy
Sonia Sodha is chief leader writer at the Observer, and deputy opinion editor at the Guardian
ACTIVISTS: Please tweet @soniasodha! The FRA’s are inundating the reporter’s feed with their BS. Let’s start getting our voices heard. You can link to the FB post or the TWC blog or the The Custody Crisis powerpoint. You can also email the reporter and ask her to write another article dispelling the false narratives: sonia.sodha [at] theguardian.com
[Pictured: Sonia Sodha]
IN A HORRIFIC SCENE, Hannah’s ex ambushed her on the way to school, doused her children and her with gasoline and set them on fire. The children died at the scene, but Hannah was taken to the hospital where she died 12 hours later. The father killed himself at the scene after stopping a bystander from helping Hannah, saying he wanted to see her burn to death.
Hannah had left the marriage in November due to her husband’s violent behavior. It is believed she was granted a restraining order, but the father was allowed to battle her for custody of their three young children.
And therein lies the problem. A father who is violent to the mother or the children should automatically lose his right to custody. Instead, family courts are minimizing violence by fathers and granting them custody, deliberately endangering children.
OUTRAGE at MSM
MUCH of the mainstream media is portraying the father sympathetically saying he was a “good bloke” “a fun-loving ex-NRL star,” and a “dedicated dad” who was upset because he was in a custody battle for his kids. This shows the patriarchal influence over mainstream media.
But fortunately there's an outcry about this compassionate portrayal of a woman/children murderer on social and alternative media:
“#HannahClarke and her kids were murdered by a violent man. Australia’s patriarchal mainstream media spins it as him being a top bloke who was good at sportsball. When are they going to tell the truth about domestic violence?” @DamienWise tweeting outrage at MSM
“You would think that by 2020 people might understand that if a custody battle could lead a man to kill his own children, then there is a reason his ex was trying to keep him the f**k away from them…”
Claire Boland tweet
“#HannahClarke and her kids were murdered by a violent man. Australia’s patriarchal mainstream media spins it as him being a top bloke who was good at sportsball. When are they going to tell the truth about domestic violence?” @DamienWise tweet
'Goodnight my babies’, read a news.com.au headline, as though Rowan was simply tucking his kids in bed instead of brutally setting them on fire.
By leading with a quote from the murderer, this headline centres Rowan as a loving father.
By constantly mentioning the killer’s hobbies and former job – and failing to name Hannah and her children – these stories attempt to soften Rowan’s actions.
By focusing on the custody case and describing Rowan as a dedicated father who was driven crazy after being separated from his kids, these pieces justify his despicable actions and place a degree of blame on Hannah for leaving her clearly dangerous husband and trying to keep her children safe.”
FROM: Stop Calling Murderers “Good Blokes”
“…[T]he media reporting to date fuels the narrative that we know is so damaging. It focuses on the man who fell from grace, as though this act was in isolation.
Time and time again, history has taught us that entitled men kill the women in their life and her children to exert power, control and dominance.
And yet, we hear so little about Hannah and her children. Instead, the narrative implores us to empathise with a “troubled” man or to demonise the killer as some kind of “monster”. This is an exercise in othering.
Overnight, I’ve been contacted by friends of Hannah and they describe her in the most beautiful of ways: A woman with grit, resilience, determination and a wonderful mother and caring partner.
And in spite of all of her life’s achievements, the Australian media has, almost collectively, wanted for us to feel for the person responsible for the deaths of a woman and her children. No thank you. Not today, not ever.
Hannah, I am sorry we failed you. I hope that if there is a life after this world, you’re reunited with Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey where he can’t hurt you anymore ❤️
Post by Tarang Chawla
TWC NOTE: It is a good thing that people are recognizing media bias towards fathers and voicing outrage at the sympathetic portrayal of a killer father, but we also need public outrage at Family Courts for routinely endangering women and children after divorce.
WHY is this happening?
To understand why there is an epidemic of Family Court judges giving custody to abusive fathers, watch this powerpoint video:
The Custody Crisis: Why Women Are Losing Custody & Unable to Protect Their Children
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[Pictured: Hannah, Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey]
"I kept telling the judge, if you're not going to remove the children, they are going to die under his care and custody."
Justyna, Thomas’ mother
Little Thomas died of hypothermia after being forced by his father to sleep in the garage in 19 degrees weather without a mattress, blanket or pillow. His father was caught on tape the next morning pouring a bucket of cold water over Thomas’ head while he was unable to even walk due to hypothermia, and then suffocating him with his hands over his mouth.
New York Family Court Judge Hope Schwartz Zimmerman granted sole custody of Thomas and his brothers to their father two years ago and kept them in his sole custody, despite ongoing severe abuse and neglect documented by his mother and many professionals: counselors, doctors and child protective services workers.
And, as usual, the judge allowed the abusive father to keep all three boys away from their loving mother, Justyna.
Judge Zimmerman disregarded all the evidence of abuse and Justyna’s pleas for protection. Her only concern was keeping the father in power over his children, and over Justyna through her children.
Now Little Thomas is dead, after years of enduring horrific pain and torture, enabled by a biased family court system that routinely grants custody to abusive fathers.
The father has been charged with murder and imprisoned without bond, which is the only reason Justyna has been granted temporary custody of her other boys.
Mother of slain 8-year-old says father was abusive for years
Officer Charged in Murder of Son, 8, Kept in Freezing Garage, Police Say
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[Pictured: Justyna and Thomas]
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.