Parental alienation is already being misused in our family courts to the extent that victims of domestic abuse are afraid to disclose abuse for fear of being accused of alienation.
In America, more than fifty thousand children each year are forced by courts into unsupervised contact with an abusive parent. More than 70% of domestic abuse perpetrators gain custody of children. More than 770 children have been murdered by a divorcing or separating parent since 2008. For children in America, bravely speaking out about abuse is no guarantee of escaping it. The courts often overlook and dismiss allegations of domestic and sexual abuse. In many cases they do so because of the aggressive misuse of a concept called parental alienation (PA).
Despite there being no scientific evidence for it, parental alienation has become a dominant force in American courts as the standard defence against domestic abuse allegations.
If we take protecting children in the UK seriously, then we must look to the experience of the US with parental alienation. It shows us quite how dangerous this concept is, and why it has no place in UK law or our legal system.
A rape allegation against one of Scott Morrison’s own Cabinet Ministers has been referred to federal police after a letter was sent to the Prime Minister detailing the allegations.
The alleged sexual assault dates to 1988, before the unnamed senior minister entered politics.
The victim, who was 16 at the time of the alleged crime, took her own life last year.
The letter came with a detailed statement prepared by the complainant for her lawyer and was shared with the ABC’s Four Corners program by a friend of the alleged victim.
Ms Hanson-Young said the information she had received regarded a “disturbing and a very serious allegation of a criminal nature against a senior member of the government”.
Senator Wong said it was her understanding the complainant, who was 16 at the time of the alleged attack in Sydney, reported the assault to NSW Police and South Australia Police.
Just three days after we heard that RISE have lost their contract following an “equalities impact assessment” on its service provision, another women’s charity, Monklands Women’s Aid, has announced it, too, has been defunded.
The charity has been supporting women and children for 30 years, and its activities include providing refuge, housing support services, and crisis support, for those who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, domestic abuse. Like RISE, Monklands has had its funding removed as part of a decision to make services more “inclusive”; specifically to provide services for men. And perpetrators.
The activists who want to convince everyone that biological sex has no impact on a person’s life, although a minority, are successfully infiltrating organisations and influencing decision-makers.
This is not a drill. This is a war on women. Let’s start fighting back.
For years, schools have been silently dealing with a tricky and vile problem: Counselling sessions, often on Monday, with girls aged as young as 13, who are traumatised from sexual assault.
But in our own “me too’’ moment, and lifted by the courage of Brittany Higgins, school girls across Australia this week are speaking up to tell their own awful stories of being raped by peers while drunk at parties.
Former Sydney school student Chanel Contos is gathering the stories, and claims to now have hundreds and hundreds of sexual assault allegations.
Most of those are levelled at students of all-boy schools in Australia, but include some boys admitting their wrongdoing.
Dr Briony Scott, from Sydney’s Wenona School, highlighted that this week, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald that “the extent of peer-on-peer assault in this country and the number of sexual assaults against adolescents, within any community, is breathtaking’’.
No school principal is shocked by the rising number of allegations; they deal weekly with the trauma and heartache and shame some girls struggle with, after an encounter they can barely bring themselves to talk about.
- Suella Braverman is expecting her second child at the beginning of next month
- She is the inspiration behind the Ministerial and Other Maternity Allowances Bill
- Drafts of the bill referred to ‘pregnant people’ rather than mothers or women
- The Government has now caved in and agreed that it will refer to ‘mothers’
UK — . A UK-based collective that says it was “formed in February 2020 by a group of parents of Transgender children” recently called for the murders of women who are doubtful of gender identity theory.The group’s website features the tagline “Anti Terf site” and the unironic suggestion: “If your religion makes you hate someone you need a new religion.”
Fearing for her safety, the 49-year-old grandmother had moved into a gated community at Logan, south of Brisbane. She made sure it had good security including 24-hour cameras.
On February 9, she took out a temporary protection order against ex-partner Gary Hely.
Neighbours have told The Courier-Mail that Ms Langham went to police “daily” with security footage and told them of four occasions when Mr Hely had breached that order in the space of a week.
About 9pm on Sunday, she made her final request for help – a triple-zero call to report a disturbance outside her townhouse.
Police did go to Ms Langham’s home, but not until after midnight. They could not determine if Ms Langham was there and left.
By 4am on Monday they were back, when the property was engulfed in flames in a fire police believe was deliberately lit.
“Despite what we’ve learned and seen in other instances such as Tara Brown and Hannah Clarke and her children, here we are again. A person who is a victim of violence has needed to be protected, and we have not been able to protect her.
“We are not satisfied with that, and we will be relentless in trying to find out what has happened.”
When asked what else Ms Langham might have done to protect herself, Mr Gollschewski said: “I don’t know what more Doreen could have done.”
Police are yet to formally identify the bodies found inside the blackened Browns Plains home. Autopsy results are still pending.