DC rally and press conference on family court corruption

Please attend if you’re in the area!

Protective Parents

Friday, October 1st at 11:00 AM

US Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC

We will assemble to demand an investigation of family court corruption across the nation, which places our children in the custody of batterers and molesters. 

After an hour long rally and press conference, we will march at noon to the Senate Hart and Senate Russell Buildings to meet with Senate staff. We will insist that they reschedule 1994 Congressional hearings on the abject failures of family court and child protection systems to protect children from physical and sexual abuse, and the systematic attack on victims and mandated reporters of child sexual abuse.

We’ll finish the march at the Sewall-Belmont House at 144 Constitution Ave, headquarters of the Suffragists.

Bring your white Tshirts with “Mothers of Lost Children” on the front. Wear white skirts or pants if you have them. Take a look at the signs carried by the Suffragists. Make signs like those, so everyone will understand that we are marching to keep children safe from violence and rape.

Contact us to connect with others in your region who plan to come. 




National Women’s History Museum: Right here, right now

Please help increase media exposure for the National Women’s History Museum. Call your Senators, too!

Media coverage of NWHM’s Right Here, Right Now campaign

Who makes the news?

From AWID:

Press Release
September 29, 2010

Women are still significantly underrepresented and misrepresented in news media coverage, according to Global Media Monitoring Project research in 108 countries coordinated by the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) despite significant change since the project began 15 years ago.

76% of the people heard or read about in the world’s news are male. The world seen in news media remains largely a male one.

The GMMP monitored 1,365 newspapers, television and radio stations and Internet news sites, 17,795 news stories and 38,253 persons in the news in 108 countries with 82% of the world’s people.

The report Who Makes the News? The Global Media Monitoring Project 2010 was released today in Arabic , English, French and Spanish, along with numerous regional and national reports.

24% of people in the news are female, compared to 17% in 1995. 44% of persons providing popular opinion in news stories are female compared to 34% in 2005.

  • News media show significant gender bias with 46% of news stories reinforcing gender stereotypes.
  • 13% of news stories focus centrally on women.
  • Expert commentary is overwhelmingly male with only one female in every five experts.
  • The age of women in the news is mentioned twice as often and family status almost four times as often as for men.

Today female reporters are responsible for 37% of stories compared to 28% fifteen years ago, and their stories challenge gender stereotypes twice as often as stories by male reporters.

Gender bias in Internet news is similar and in some respects even more intense than that found in the traditional news media.

The 2010 report contains a plan of action for media professionals and others committed to gender-ethical news media.

The GMMP is the largest and longest running research and advocacy initiative on fair and balanced gender representation in the news media. It is coordinated by WACC, a global network of communicators promoting communication for social change, in collaboration with data analyst Media Monitoring Africa, and with support from the United Nations Development Fund for Women.”

The report – Who Makes the News? – is available here

Believe women

Three more children killed because they didn’t believe the woman’s allegations…

‘They still made me send my kids to him’ Mother of slain children say she sounded alarm about abuse repeatedly

A woman whose estranged husband shot and killed their three children while they slept in his Harris County apartment on Sunday says no one heeded her warnings that her husband was dangerous.

“I have documents of everything, all the abuse, and I showed it to everyone, but no one believed me, and they still made me send my kids to him every weekend,” Norma Martinez said in a statement read by Tayseir Mahmoud, a board member at An-Nisa Hope Center, a nonprofit that operates a shelter for battered women.

Martinez and the children had been living at the shelter since March, Mahmoud said. The children would visit their father every weekend in accordance with a court-ordered visitation schedule, she said.

Compare the above article to this one (note the headline):

Attorney of 3 Texas children killed:  They loved their father

by Courtney Zubowski / KHOU


Posted on September 21, 2010 at 7:18 AM

HOUSTON — An attorney appointed to represent three children in a custody hearing said he saw no clues their father might want to harm them.

 Detectives say Mohammad Goher, 47, killed his three children Sunday while they slept at his home during a court-appointed visit.

 It happened in the 13000 block of Homestead in northeast Harris County.

 After Goher’s two daughters, ages 14 and 7, and a 12-year-old son were killed, authorities said Goher shot himself in the mouth in an apparent suicide attempt. He was in fair condition Monday at Ben Taub Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

 “Absolutely bolt out of the blue,” said attorney Syed Izfar. “I don’t know what happened, something must have transpired last week because prior to that everything seemed just fine.

 According to Izfar, all parties had agreed that the parents would get joint custody. They would live with their mother during the week and stay with their father every other weekend.

 “They wanted to stay with him. They wanted to stay with the mother. As a matter of fact, the children wanted their mother and father to reconcile,” Izfar said.

 According to Izfar, the children loved their father and never feared them.

 But two women who know the children’s mother shared a much different story.

 “He held guns to their heads, her and the children,” Tayseir Mahmoud said. “He held knives, he threatened their life, everywhere she went he would threaten the people she would stay with.”

 Mahmoud spoke on behalf of Norma Goher outside a battered women’s shelter in Spring, where Goher has been living for the last six months.

 She read a letter Monday from the children’s mother.

 “Nobody listened to me when I warned them about how dangerous he is,” Norma Goher wrote. “I have documents about everything. All the abuse and I showed everyone but no one believed me and they still made me send my kids to him every weekend.”

 Goher has a protective order against her husband, but the attorney representing the children said he wasn’t aware of their father ever abusing his children.

 “Normally, parents don’t lose visitation rights just because they are abusive to each other,” he said. “If there was any question that the children were unsafe we would have gotten CPS involved.”

 Christina Diaz, a friend of Norma Goher, said the signs have been evident for years.

 “They were all afraid for their lives.”

The man (Izfar) was appointed to represent the best interests of the CHILDREN. With a long record of domestic violence and abduction (the father took the kids to Pakistan & refused to tell the mother where they were), he best represented the interests of the father and was as much to blame for their deaths of these 3 children as the father was.

Here’s a  video with 2 women explaining the situation – http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid29266405001?bctid=613856151001

Everything’s fine

Courts are making it harder for women to make allegations of abuse (detering reporting is the wrong way to go), move out of the area after divorce (only with their permission), and, of course, from talking negatively about an ex (because all parents are perfect??) Here’s news from the UK about censorship, I mean, describing an ex as an “ogre:”

High court judge warns parents not to describe ex-partners as ‘ogres’

I don’t condone bad-mouthing a parent, but neither do I believe courts should get involved with freedom of speech or being able to teach a child about negative behavior. I had a housemate a few years ago. Her ex was involved with the fathers rights movement. Regardless of how he treated their child (lack of affection & love), she was left voiceless to complain – her ex threatened to use parental alienation syndrome (a bogus claim) against her. For courts to silence individuals, especially when it can help children understand negative parental behavior, is absurd.

Caffeine Insanity plea in case where husband strangled wife

THIS is insane…

Caffeine Insanity? Ky. man killed wife, will claim caffeine overdose made him do it

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) Can too much caffeine turn someone into a killer?

It’s a provocative premise the attorney for accused murderer Woody Will Smith plans to put to the test, in Smith’s murder trial for the 2009 strangulation death of his wife. Opening arguments were expected Monday in a Newport, Ky. court, and defense lawyer Shannon Sexton has filed notice he’ll argue his client consumed so much caffeine in the days before killing his wife, that it rendered him temporarily insane.

The 33-year-old Smith claims that he feared his wife, Amanda Hornsby-Smit,h would leave in the middle of the night with their two children because of a suspected affair, and that his resulting paranoia caused him to consume energy drinks and take diet pills containing ephedra to stay up all night and get through work the next day.

She was probably going to leave him – separation is the most dangerous time for a woman. The idea that he was temporarily insane because he had too much sugar is absurd – and typical behavior (making excuses) of an abuser.  It’s a classic case of a Twinkie Defense too.

Sunday talk shows demonstrate social dominance theory

Interesting article from Open Left on how the Sunday talk shows use the 3 biases found in social dominance theory (SDT) –

Versailles is a center-right nation:  Sunday talk shows have 3 biases have 3 biases of Social Dominance Theory

SDT argues that there are three main sorts of hierarchy observed in societies around the world: age-based (elders over the young), gender-based (men over women) and special groups (ethnic-based, race-based, religion-based, etc.)  Significantly, a recent paper looking at the makeup of congressional guests on Sunday talk shows finds all three kinds of bias are present–although it does not consciously invoke the SDT model.