Saturday, September 27, 2008

Do many Father's get the death sentence by biased Family Court Judges?


September 28th, 2008

For Immediate Release

FathersCan, the National Voice for Canadian Fathers, estimates that the Family Justice system in Canada is directly responsible for the deaths of up to 2000 divorced and separated men in Canada every year. Figures from Statistics Canada provide evidence that over the past 10 years this is approximately the number of divorced and separated men in the country who commit suicide annually.

Numerous studies in Canada, the U.S., and around the world indicate that suicide is the leading cause of death for divorced and separated men through middle age, with suicide rates from two to three times that of men in the general population and up to eight times that for women in the general population. In fact, suicide is the leading cause of all deaths for men in the 18 – 49 age group, ahead of murder, ahead of traffic accidents, and ahead of all other causes of death in that age group.

Each year between 50 and 60 women are, tragically, killed by their male partners. A 2 billion dollar per year Domestic Abuse industry has been established to respond to this issue. The news media in Canada are constantly bombarding the public with stories of the horror of this statistic. Consumers are subject to a constant barrage of public appeals for donations to fight domestic abuse, which, of course, is defined as only women being abused. Yet in that same one year period 40 times as many separated and divorced men die by suicide.

Jeremy Swanson, National Director of FathersCan asks, “Where is the media reporting of this catastrophic problem? Where are the public appeals for money to fight this devastating issue? Where is the public outrage over this senseless loss of Canadian men – many of whom are fathers who leave children behind? Why don’t we care about these men as much as we care about women who lose their lives through domestic violence? Is this not also a case of domestic violence – albeit one perpetrated by the Family Justice system?”

Men across the country want to know how many male suicides in this demographic are caused by the devastating loss that men feel at being booted out of their children’s lives by an uncaring, unsympathetic, and – some would say – demonstrably biased Family Law system. The majority of studies of depression after divorce show that men are far more likely to suffer severe depression at the loss of their families and their children than are women. Yet where is the government funding to address this issue?

Mr. Swanson went on to ask how many of these suicides were, at their root cause, because of the fact that these men were themselves the victims of domestic violence and were able to escape from their abusers only by fleeing into death. “How many of these suicides could have been prevented had there been even a little funding to establish shelters for abused men or suicide prevention programs for divorced and separated men,” he continued.

“Canadian men have been told for decades that the government is not interested in funding programs for men. Hedy Fry, who was the Secretary of State Status of Women in the former Liberal government, stated unequivocally that she would be glad to fund men’s programs, even if the men were Martians, so long as the program had a clearly demonstrated benefit to women. “

“Which party and which leader out there are willing to commit to action to end this epidemic that is claiming Canadian men at an alarming rate? Which of them is willing to commit funding to help men with the programs and life saving options they need? Which of them cares about this life and death situation? There are a large number of votes out there that are waiting to be cast for the party that does.”

Media contact: James Williams 905-608-1880

National Co-Director FathersCan

Fathers4Justice Activists Atop Crane In Ohio

Fathers4Justice Activists Atop Crane In Ohio

Ξ September 27th, 2008 | → | ∇ Domestic Violence, Missing Children, VAWA, child custody, equal custody, politics, protest |

donald and madison tenn

Donald Tenn is a man of conviction. Since the day I met him, one thing, and one thing alone has guided his every move. Tenn is a Daddy who misses and worries about his daughter Madison every moment of every day.

Madison and Tenn are victims of Madison’s mother Shannon and the disaster called the family court system. Shannon illegally abducted Madison from California to Illinois. When she learned the law would make her return Madison, she immediately filed false allegations of domestic violence against Tenn. As I described here and here, not only has Madison’s mother broken the law, she’s being rewarded for her actions.

Today he took his cause to new heights. Tenn, from California, in a Spiderman suit and Paul Fisher, from Ohio, in a Batman suit, both members of Fathers4Justice, are currently atop a 100 foot crane outside the Ohio Stadium in Columbus. They’ve unfurled a 40 foot banner that says STOP THE WAR ON FATHERS.

There are at least 100,000 people passing underneath on their way to the Ohio State football game. Tenn describes at least 100 police, sheriff and SWAT officers gathering below. He adds that a police helicopter keeps buzzing very close by.

When asked to comment, John Fowler, National Coordinator for F4J said, ”These fathers have waited years for change. Their pleas have fallen of deaf ears when all they are asking for is to be able to love and raise their children. Why should children be denied the right to have two loving parents?”

Tenn has spent the last couple of years volunteering as a board member and California coordinator for Fathers4Justice. Fathers 4 Justice originated in the UK a few years ago. Founder Matt O’Connor recently announced he was shutting down his group, again. There are now F4J branches in several countries including Canada, where family rights activists Rob Robinson (Batman) and Kris Titus (Wonderwoman) regularly make the news with similar stunts.

Describing the phone calls he receives at all hours of the day Tenn says, “We get dozens of new members every month, just from California.” “Each parent thinks their case is unique. They don’t realize that I’ve heard the same story hundreds of times.”

He says he understands that they need to get it off their chests. “And fathers aren’t the only parents who are victims,” he adds, “mothers and grandparents call me too.” It’s estimated that by 2010 one quarter of America’s noncustodial parents will be female.

Tenn says making any parent “noncustodial” is wrong. Unless they’ve been convicted of a crime or don’t want to be part of their child’s life. He even says he wants Shannon to have equal access to Madison, after she gets out of jail.

Shared parenting and shared custody are supported by over 85% of the population. Why then can’t these parents and legislators get laws passed to guarantee equal parental rights to all fit parents? The answer is very simple. There are “protective mother” groups who are financially and politically supported by feminist and domestic violence organizations.

They often use lies and debunked “facts” to convince legislators that passing these laws will hurt children. As I described here I watched as they lied under oath to derail AB1305, the 2005 California shared parenting bill. Less than 5% of divorces are high conflict. Sixty to eighty percent of all domestic violence charges are found to be unnecessary or false. Isn’t it time to have laws that fit the facts?

Most families would benefit from shared parenting. Studies show it actually reduces conflict. When confronted about the controversial nature of the demonstration Mr. Fowler replied “What would you be willing to do if a corrupt court denied you access to your children?”

My email to NBC Ohio:

From: Mike Murphy
Date: 2008/9/29
Subject: Fathers 4 Justice atop crane ~ Columbus, OH

The protest going on atop the crane in your community is an outgrowth of misandric family courts who are systemically removing fathers from the lives of their children in the USA and other countries including mine here in Canada. It is turning loving, caring fathers into criminals and causing children to be left in a situation that will contribute to them having higher rates of suicide, pregnancy, interaction with criminal courts and being less stable as compared to a two parent family.

It is a tragedy of epidemic proportions and needs fixing so that on divorce or separation there is a presumption of equality for both parents in terms of custody of the affected children.

This will lead to less divorce, less need for litigation, less money going to greedy lawyers who feed off the adversarial system like vultures taking money from the pockets of the children, and better adjusted children.

Michael Murphy cid:000a01c705ad$0add39e0$6400a8c0@mikeA2GJRT6TF9

The work of Fathers 4 Justice and the Pain of Fathers ~ Activism in the UK

Equal and Shared Parenting ~ The Movie