I posted a link to an article from Time previously that stated 68% of child abductions involve domestic violence. So I wonder why the media neglects to mention that abuse (whether domestic violence, child abuse, or child sexual abuse) IS actually a reason why women flee:
Protecting abducted kids: Rethinking the Hague Convention
Instead they have been given an incredible amount of media time (Goldman got a 2-hour special) to fathers like Goldman, McCarty, and Savoie.
By the way, Savoie wrote the comments below (unless it’s an imposter). For anyone familiar with the Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs), you’ll recognize the reference to the cherry-picked and limited research findings listed on Fiebert’s Web site:
The below bibliography examines 275 scholarly investigations: 214 empirical studies and 61 reviews and/or analyses, which demonstrate that women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners
“Selective reporting is in the eye of the stereotyping knee jerking man hater, I guess.”
Men are supposed to grin and bear it. And not retaliate. Retaliate once and lose your children forever in court. Yeah, there is asymytry but asymytry that is unfairly biased against men. Women can kill their husbands and children and the jury won’t even convict them…
This is who the media is giving publicity to?
Now, Savoie was not on Dateline last night, but he is one of the fathers that has been getting a lot of media attention. McCarty was on Dateline last night. His wife abducted their child to Italy because she believed the father sexually abused the child. Oddly, this woman was quite capable (TV talkshow host, mother & wife) up until she fought for custody. Then the courts found she was paranoid, had a personality disorder, and had mood swings. Two points here: How did she suddenly become unfit? Do they realize a woman who believes (whether true or not) a father sexually abused their child will likely sound paranoid and suffer mood swings?
They’re going to highlight Goldman’s case next.
Why aren’t they telling the stories of all the women fleeing abusive situations (the 68% of the Hague cases)????
I wrote an email to the station and the producer Mary Ann Rotondi and she did send me a very brief reply indicating she’d be willing to consider a case that involved domestic violence. I seriously hope she does so — it’s not just fathers suffering from children being abducted (and indeed, women also face further abuse and murder).
I sent a letter to the editor regarding Goldman’s huge publicity (back in December) that was published in the Trenton Times:
“During a recent trip home, visiting family for the holiday, I read The Times of Trenton. I was surprised to see how much media attention has been given David Goldman, who recently gained custody of his son. And I couldn’t help but wonder why there are thousands of battered women who lose custody for every one man whose child has been abducted, yet we lack a voice in the media. Battered women comply with absurd court orders, go to jail rather than turn their child over to an abuser, or flee the country altogether. Children are injured, abused or killed every day. Real human beings, after being battered, show up to court seeking justice and receive anything but. The Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence estimates that 58,000 children a year go into unsupervised or joint/sole custody with abusive parents. Why can’t we get their voices heard and leave Goldman alone so he can rebuild his life?”
EDIT- 68% of child abductions involve women – many of whom are fleeing domestic violece (I wrote 68% of abductions involve domestic violence – sorry about that. )