Subject: White House Demonstration and Lobbying Day in May
Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2013 23:41:46 -0400 (EDT)
From: CA Protective Parents Association <firstname.lastname@example.org>
WHITE HOUSE DEMONSTRATION AND LOBBYING DAY
There have been a few questions about our Mothers' Day march and Monday lobbying day at Congress.
The march will take place on Sunday Mothers' Day from 11 am to 3 pm, the
day after the Battered Mothers Custody Conference. We will start with a
silent vigil at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, then march around the White
House, down 17th Avenue, across Constitution Avenue and up 15th Avenue,
ending back in front of the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. After the
march, we will have a speak- out with a megaphone. If you have an active
case, participate in a way that would make you feel safe. We will have
many wonderful banners. Feel free to bring signs with PVC pipe to hold
them up, since wooden stakes are prohibited for obvious reasons. We wear
white clothes, and Mothers of Lost Children white t-shirts will be
provided at no cost at the Battered Mothers Custody Conference on
Saturday. You can see pictures and videos of previous marches bringing
attention to this egregious human and civil right issue.
On Monday May 13, we will visit the US Senate and Congress. We will go
as a group and we will have appointments with aides from one of the
important subcommittees of the Senate Judiciary Committee. We will meet
in front of the Senate Hart Building on the corner of Constitution
Avenue and Second Streets by the historic Sewall-Belmont House,
headquarters of the suffragists. We will provide packets and lobbying
training on Saturday at 4:30 at the BMCC. Feel free to write a one page
summary of your case if you want. We want to keep on the general issue,
not specific case, when we talk to the aides because we need our
representatives to understand that this happens all over the country.
You are welcome to make appointments with your own US Senators and
Congress member for that day also, if you wish.
NATIONAL SCANDAL: Family Courts Give Children to Identified Pedophiles
Does mandated reporting keep children safe
By Special to The Enterprise
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What: 19th annual Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference, "National
Scandal: Family Courts Give Children to Identified Pedophiles"
When: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 27
Where: Veterans' Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., Davis
By Connie Valentine
April is dedicated nationally to child abuse prevention and sexual
assault awareness. These titles long ago lost their power to shock.
Child abuse and sexual assault continue to be national scourges with
full media coverage.
After the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal at Penn State University,
we are acutely aware that athletic coaches, teachers, priests, rabbis,
Boy Scout leaders, psychiatrists, juvenile court referees, foster
parents and men - most sex offenders are male and 90 percent know their
victims - from just about any profession can be child sexual predators.
There is some good news. At the Penn State Child Sexual Abuse Awareness
Conference in the midst of Hurricane Sandy last October, researcher
David Finkelhor, Ph.D., announced that child abuse had declined between
2007 and 2011. He showed multiple statistics to prove his statement.
But statistics are tricky. The U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services website shows a substantial increase in the number of reported
child abuse and neglect cases (from 3.2 million to 3.4 million) and
number of children involved (from 5.9 million to 6.2 million). During
those years, the child population remained stable (74 million versus
The big difference was a decline in substantiated child victims (794,000
versus 681,000). It sounds like an impressive drop in child abuse, but
the drop is only in the number of children who were believed by adults
in the system. This could be called "decline by disbelief."
A total of 6.2 million children came to the attention of child welfare
services in 2011, yet only 11 percent were believed. That is quite a
winnowing process. More than half of reports were made by mandated
reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect. Are large numbers of
mandated reporters making questionable reports of suspected abuse? I
doubt it. The process is nerve-wracking and the stakes are high.
For those 681,000 child victims who were fortunate enough to be
believed, there was a large jump in the rate of physical abuse (from
10.8 percent to 17.6 percent) and sexual abuse (7.6 percent to 9.1
Is the trend similar in California? Yes. The total number of child
sexual abuse cases in California also rose between 2007 and 2011 from
38,465 to 40,638, and substantiation rates plunged from 17.2 percent to
9.9 percent. Only half as many children were believed in 2011 as in
This is a big problem for children who speak out. Mandated reporting does not keep them safe.
Things go particularly badly for children who report that a parent is
abusing them. It turns out that family court judges and professionals
are trained to be highly skeptical of allegations of abuse. The parent
reporting abuse to family court is frequently punished by having custody
changed to the alleged sex offender, sometimes even when sexual abuse
has been substantiated. If the abuse is not substantiated, the child has
little or no chance of protection and is not likely to be believed in
To find out more about research into how and why this is happening and
how children are affected, please come to the 19th annual Child Sexual
Abuse Awareness Conference, "National Scandal: Family Courts Give
Children to Identified Pedophiles" from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday,
April 27, at the Veterans' Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis.
There is no cost and no registration for the event, unless you are a
therapist and wish to receive continuing education units. Visit
www.issb.us for more information.
- Connie Valentine is a Davis resident and member of the Incest Survivors Speakers Bureau, which sponsors the conference.
GREAT LOST IN THE SYSTEM UPDATE
Be sure to watch Fox11 Los Angeles this Monday night to hear about a
surprising turn in Damon's situation. He is the teen who has been in
hiding from his father after he reported sexual abuse and was placed
with his identified abuser. The series is called Lost in the System and
is a model of excellence in reporting.
Wendy Murphy need information on Los Angeles, California attorney Lisa
Meyer, attorney Leslie Shear, child's attorney Amir Pichvai, fathers'
attorney Fahi Takish Hallin from Harris Ginsberg. You can contact her at
Justice for Some: An Exposé of the Lawyers and Judges Who Let Dangerous
Criminals Go Freeby Wendy Murphy
April 14, 2013 in DC: Meet and walk or run with Mark Moseley
http://www.wmzq.com/cc-common/communities/ at the 10th Annual Race (and
Walk) to Stop the Silence to bring awareness about and support
programming toward the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse
(www.dcrace.org). The race is held in partnership with the Washington
Redskins Alumni Association. For information and registration see:
www.dcrace.org. (For special discounts for military, first responders,
students and others, or questions, contact Pamela Pine at
August 9 - 11, 2013 The 16th Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive
Organizations and Mind Control Conference, DoubleTree near Bradley
International Airport, 16 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks, CT
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