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Battered Mothers Must Find Protection In Courts

Bedford Pound Ridge Record Review

September 14,2007

By Ann Coleman

We continue to read every day in the newspapers about abused children. The conference I attended in Albany,New York, The “Battered Mothers Custody Conference” was not written about or even visited by any of the politicians or reporters that are fully aware of the serious lack of protection for battered mothers and their children. The forth “Battered Mothers Custody Conference” was attended by the many professionals who are trying to expose court corruption and ask why protecting battered mothers and their children is not more of a priority. The other segment of the population that was represented at the” Battered Mothers Custody Conference” was the battered mothers desperate to protect their children.

The stories that were told over the three days of the conference,told by mothers who had been beaten,terrorized and witnessed their children being abused by their exhusband, were stories that any civilized person would find hard to imagine. Children who had been sexually molested,kidnapped and abused by their own fathers. Courts that refused to protect these abused children. Lawyers that were all too willing to continually financially rape the battered mothers that were trying to protect their children. Stories of judges that were comfortable using” Parental Alienation Syndrome”against protective mothers to shut them down and allow the abuser to gain access and custody of the abused children. Parental Alienation Syndrome” a weapon of the right-wing fathers rights groups and used against protective mothers by lawyers and judges covering up corruption in the family courts. Protective mothers who had clear evidence of sexual molestation of their children who had been in the family courts year after year trying desperately to protect their own children.

Many books have been written on the subject of abuse of children and the failure of the family court system to protect them from the abuser and the corruption. Politicians who continually speak up about advocacy of children and in reality do nothing to expose this corruption in the judicial system. Lucrative financial relationships between judges,lawyers,DA’s and politicians that continue to fail to protect battered mothers and their battered children.

Present were the courageous film producers that interviewed the protective mothers and exposed the corruption in the family court system. Yet the books and films on the subject of child abuse and battering of protective mothers continues to be of little interest to the general public.

As a protective mother witnessing the corruption in the family courts of Connecticut and New York, the priority seems to be covering up this judicial and political corruption. I presented my story at the “Battered Mothers Custody Conference” and have been in the courts trying to protect my own children from battering and abuse. For six years I have written to politicians, reporters television specials on domestic violence,magazine publications on domestic violence and domestic violence foundations. No action has been taken by any of these individuals to expose this court corruption or to help me to help my abused children. I have sat and listened to politicians, judges and celebrities talk about this subject as if it is a game not a reality that abused women and their witnessing children are not being protected from the abuser throughout the United States. It is time for the court corruption and the collusion on the part of the politicians,CPS,doctors,lawyers,judges,and DA’s who participate in this corruption to be held accountable for the failure to protect battered mothers and the children they love and are so desperately trying to protect.

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