Child Abuse


(Montreal, Canada: June 2015) Dean Harper spent 16 agonizing years looking for his daughter Athena Glusing after his ex girlfriend took off with the then 2 year old child. Harper says his ex was upset about the end of their relationship and allegedly told him, “If you leave me, you leave your daughter“. Harper said he did not have financial resources to take legal action in family court. The ex girlfriend refused to let Harper see Athena, then moved with the child, cutting off all contact. Harper never stopped looking for Athena, and never stopped hoping they would be reunited.

Athena apparently had a very troubled life in the care of her mother, who put her into foster care at age 12. Administrators at Batshaw Youth and Family Centers had the name and contact number of Harper but never contacted him, and never attempted reunification with his daughter. Now that Harper has found his daughter, he is being slapped with a $7,800 bill for “parental contributions” to reimburse the state for foster care!

I don’t understand how they could have my daughter, know who I am, not look for me, then send me a bill once I find her.” said Dean Harper. Harper is very upset, and says he would have taken his child in, rather than have her go to foster care. He is considering taking legal action against Batshaw.

Harper is happy to be reunited with his daughter, who is 18 years old now, and has returned home, living in his care.

Commentary:

Harper has been robbed of the ability to be the father to Athena when she needed him most. The system first failed when the Courts did not give Harper any means to gain custody or visitation. And failed again when Athena was put into the chaos of the foster care system when she could have been given a safe, stable home environment. The government has inflicted great damage on this family, and continues its abuse by forcing Harper to pay for the state sponsored kidnapping of his own child. There is a very real possibility that Dean Harper will face financial troubles, and even punitive action if he does not pay the $7,800. And yet, Harper never wanted his daughter in foster care, and had been looking for her for 16 years. This is outrageous.

Obviously Batshaw saw more incentive to keep this family apart, and keep Athena in the system than to reunite her with her biological family. Why? This case should trigger and audit and in-depth investigation of Batshaw. I suggest following the money trail and the financial incentives for placing children in foster care. #JusticeforDeanHarper

– EJ Perth

Read More:

“Father finds long lost daughter after 16-year search only to receive $7,800 bill for foster care she was placed in without his knowledge” by Daily Mail UK, 6/2/2015:

  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3108466/Father-finds-long-lost-daughter-16-year-search-receive-7-800-bill-foster-care-placed-without-knowledge.html
  • “Dad joyous, bitter at finding long-lost daughter” by CTV, 6/1/2015:

  • https://youtu.be/Z5D-8yqr4gk
  • Operation Hydrant, created by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), has identified 1,400 child abuse suspects, which include politicians and celebrities, in the UK. Operation Hydrant does not investigate the abuse allegation but, instead, gathers information about abuse complaints about “historical child sexual abuse“. Local police departments are called on to do the actual investigations.

    According to the BBC News, “Of the 1,433 suspects identified, 216 are now dead and 261 are classified as people of public prominence, with 135 coming from TV, film or radio.”

    We are talking about systemic, widespread child sexual abuse and trafficking in the UK whose list of suspects include:

    * Schools and Educational institutions
    * Children’s Homes
    * Politicians
    * Sports celebrities and Sports venues
    * Music celebrities
    * Religious leaders or figures
    * Medical institutions
    * Community institutions
    * Military groups
    * Prisons
    * 17 institutions classified as “unknown”

    This information is compiled by police in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and relate to reports of abuse, or abuse investigations, from the summer of 2014. There is no exact figure of how many children have been victimized, the number is expected to be in the thousands, if not more.

    Norfolk Police Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the NPCC’s lead on child protection, says, “We are seeing an unprecedented increase in the number of (abuse) reports that are coming forward.”

    Read More:

    1,400 Child Abuse Suspects Identified” by BBC News, 5/20/2015: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32812449

    College of Policing (2015) : Operation Hydrant [Internet, Accessed 21 May 2015]. https://qa-app.bang-on.net/app-content/major-investigation-and-public-protection/operation-hydrant/ 

    Teach Your Child the Underwear Rule and Help Keep them Safe from Abuse (NSPCC): http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/

    US Child Help, National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-Child: https://www.childhelp.org/hotline/

    UK NSPCC Report Abuse Don’t delay – call the police on 999,
    or call us on 0808 800 5000, straight away: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/

    #OpDeathEaters

    In 2004, Genevieve Kelley, along with her second husband, Scott Kelley, and daughter 8 year old Mary Nunes, went into hiding in Central America. Genevieve claims her daughter was being sexually abused by her ex-husband, Mark Nunes, and that she fled with her daughter in order to protect her.

    Genevieve Kelly (US Marshals)

    Wayne Rioux, who was then the police chief of Whitefield, New Hampshire claims Genevieve was brainwashing her daughter to believe abuse had occurred. There were concerns over a video Genevieve made, questioning Mary about the alleged abuse. Genevieve says a therapist told her to make the video, that her intentions were to help not to harm. Guardian ad litem on the case, Abbie Teachout, says Genevieve was alienating Mary from her father, “She (Genevieve) appeared to be really, almost obsessed in her concern over Mary and that Mark had done something to harm the child…Out of all the families I’ve worked with, this was a case where parent alienation was 100 percent evident – that Genevieve was doing everything she could to alienate this child from her father, from the beginning.

    In 2004, the Kelley family moved to Colorado. The child custody order said that Genevieve was not to remove Mary from the state, and in 2005 the court would award Mark sole custody. By then, the family had fled the country.

    In Colorado, Mary was evaluated by two doctors, one who diagnosed trauma in the child but did not state what caused it. The family also sought help from a noted attorney. Attorney Alan Rosenfeld specializes in child advocacy and domestic violence cases, says that Genevieve had no other option than to run away with her daughter, after a court-appointed guardian and social service agencies didn’t believe the abuse allegations.

    The abuse allegations against Mark Nunes were investigated then dismissed, no charges were filed due to lack of evidence. It is worth noting that before their divorce, Genevieve filed for, and received, a restraining order against Mark (who claims he never abused her).

    (March 2015) In a recent court motion, Mary states that she was being abused by her father, and that she begged her mother and step-father to protect her, ” “and I asked them to do it.” Mary also refers to herself as a “rape victim” and her father as the perpetrator.

    Now the family is back in the United States, with both Genevieve and Scott Kelly facing criminal charges in Coos County Superior Court for noncustodial kidnapping and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

    Scott Kelly (wanted poster)

    The Kelley family emerged from hiding when U.S. Marshals were alerted by officials at the U.S. embassy in Costa Rica that Mary, Scott and their attorney, Alan Rosenfeld, had asked the embassy to help them get US passports.

    In November 2014, Genevieve returned to the US to seek medical treatment for a son born to her and Scott, while in hiding. She refused to reveal the whereabouts of Scott and Mary when arrested in Lancaster, New Hampshire. Genevieve has since been released on bail and is barred from having any contact with either Scott or Mary.

    In April 2015, Scott was told that he could come back into the US without facing charges, a lie. So Scott and step-daughter Mary boarded a plane for the US, not knowing they were being tricked in order to get them to return to US soil.

    On April 14, 2015 Scott was taken into custody as soon as he stepped off the plane at Atlanta International Airport. Scott was arrested on a kidnapping warrant. Mary was questioned then released.

    Father, Mark Nunes, has expressed that he is concerned about Mary, and wishes to reunite with her. Markhad hired a private investigator to find Mary but had not been successful. Mr. Nunes says (The Associated Press): “It’s very hard for us to reconcile our mental image of her as a 7-year-old girl with the reality that she’s a gawky, beautiful, 18-year-old teenager that we could pass on the street and might not even recognize. We love Mary and are overjoyed that she is alive and back in the U.S. Our hearts and home are open to her, and we will do everything we can to insure she remains safe and healthy. We look forward to the day our family is finally reunited.”

    Mary Nunes is expected to testify on behalf of her mother, and shows no indication of wanting to reconnect with her father.

    Sources:

    For updated related to Genevieve Kelley: “Friends of Genevieve Kelley” https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Genevieve-Kelly/370039133164287

    “Missing girl taken by mom in custody battle found after 11 years; stepdad arrested” by Dave Solomon, New Hampshire Union Leader, 4/15/2015: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150415/NEWS03/150419409/1006/NEWS03&template=mobileart

    “Search for girl reveals bitter family split” by Associated Press, AZ Central, 5/10/2009: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/05/10/20090510mary.html

    “Scott Kelley, fugitive featured on ‘The Hunt’ surrenders” by Stephanie Gallman and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 4/15/2015:

  • http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/15/us/hunt-fugitive-scott-kelley-arrested/
  • “Teen in high profile custody case pleads for her mom – Mary Nunes breaks an 11 year silence as mom faces trial” by Newser Editors and Wire Services, 4/28/2015: http://www.newser.com/story/206053/teen-in-high-profile-custody-case-pleads-for-her-mom.html

    “In the 1970’s when the Khmer Rouge came through Cambodia, they wiped out the entire educated class.

    They wanted to destroy the family structure. Mother and women were slaughtered. That’s a whole generation that was taken out.

    And now you have women raising children who’ve never had grandmothers teaching them, mothers to teach them how to raise children, how to be a mom. And these women have felt the effect for years.” — Sissy Samaritan’s Purse

    I was really struck by this quote because it reminds me of how –injustice in family court destroys the family structure, and destroys the bond between parents and children. A whole generation is being taken out due to the failures in family court.

    Fit, loving parents are being forcibly separated from their children. This causes real trauma, and often leaves life long scars. I wonder what the effect will be on the future generation of children… who have been forced to live in an abusive, dysfunctional home and deprived of a healthy, nurturing relationship with a parent.

    How will these child survivors parent their own children? How will they function in the real world? What will the effect be?

    – EJ, 2015

    “Crossing the River: Motherhood in Cambodia” is a short film created by Samaritan’s Purse who is doing missionary work in Cambodia, providing maternal and child health programs and offering support.

    The video explores the challenges and experiences of mothers in Cambodia, a country with one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Samaritan’s Purse is working to reverse that trend by building health clinics, teaching mother’s needed skills, and offering support to build their confidence in raising their children.

    Seattle Police report that a SWAT team snuck into a home and rescued a 23-month-old boy who had been kidnapped by his father, Daniel Lopez-Andino.

    Daniel Lopez-Andino was sleeping with the boy on his chest at the time of the rescue. Lt. Grant Ballingham of the South Precinct said during the SWAT standoff, Lopez-Andino’s uncle was talking with police by cell phone, and sending the police photos of the house to assist in the rescue. With the information given to SWAT, they went into the house in full gear, tiptoed into the basement and grabbed the boy off the sleeping father’s chest, then took the him into custody.

    The boy was allegedly abducted by Lopez-Andino during a robbery of the boy’s mother, who was assaulted. Lopez-Andino does not have custody of the boy. Daniel Lopez-Andino was booked into King County Jail on various charges.

    Read More:

    “SWAT tiptoes in, rescues Amber Alert baby” by Susan Wyatt, KING 5 News, 4/1/2015: http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/2015/04/01/swat-tiptoes-in-rescues-amber-alert-baby/70809628/

    Q13 FOX News

    SEATTLE — Police found a missing 23-month boy safe early Wednesday morning and took his father into custody. An Amber Alert that had been issued Tuesday night was canceled.

    The boy, Aaron Lopez, was being returned to his mother, who had legal custody of the child.

    Seattle police found the boy and his father, Daniel Lopez-Andino, at a relative’s home in the Skyway area and entered the home early Wednesday to recover the boy and arrest the father, who is not a legal custodian of the child.

    Police said Lopez-Andino, 24, abducted Aaron after a strong-armed robbery of the child’s mother in the 3000 block of South Chicago Street Tuesday.

    The child’s mother told police that Aaron’s father physically assaulted her, took her purse and car keys and grabbed her son. Lopez-Andino then buckled Aaron into the front passenger seat of her silver 2003 BMW 325 4-door and sped off.

    A child…

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    May 2003, UK: Mr. Justice Wall, a high court judge, reported social workers to the Social Services Inspectorate after a “extremely worrying sequence of events”.

    The social workers lied to a magistrates court, and to the mother of a 1 year boy, after the foster father was arrested as part of Operation Ore, for downloading child pornography.

    Social workers also obstructed access to the boy’s case files from his Guardian, and tried to invoke public interest immunity to keep what they were doing a secret.

    Operation Ore, launched in 2002, was the largest cyber crimes investigation in the United Kingdom, targeting users, peddlers and producers of child pornography. Critics of the program say Operation Ore also prosecuted those innocent of any crime, including people who were victims of identity theft. The (former) chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), Jim Gamble, said in a 2007 statement to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, that of more than 2,450 people “successfully held to account”, 93% had admitted their guilt.

    Read the Full Story At – “Judge Hits Out At Social Worker’s Lies” by Clare Dyer, legal correspondent.
    The Guardian, 5/29/2003: : http://www.theguardian.com/society/2003/may/29/childrensservices.uknews?CMP=share_btn_tw

    For Info on Operation Ore:
    “Paedophile net: Did Operation Ore change British society?” by by Jon Kelly & Tom de Castella. BBC News Magazine, 12/16/2012: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20237564

    refuseintimidated

    It is important to refuse to be intimidated. That refusal must not be based simply on a calculation of the odds of succeeding.

    At times, in my case, multiple lawsuits and an ethics charge seemed overwhelming, and the fact that I knew my work to be accurate and responsible was only partial solace. l was well aware that court, like the National Football League, is an arena in which, on any given Sunday, anybody can win.

    The refusal to be intimidated must come, in the end, not from a sureness of succeeding but from a knowledge of the cost of scurrying for shelter through fake retractions and disowned truths. It is a question, in the end of self-respect.

    Who among us could, in good faith, ever face a survivor of childhood abuse again were we to run for cover when pressed ourselves? Children are not permitted that choice, and the adults who choose to work with them and with the survivors they become cannot afford to make it. It would be a choice to become. Through betrayal and deceit, that to which we object. Our alternative, then, is not to hide. not to refuse to treat adult survivors, not to refuse to go to court in their defense, not to apologize and retract statements we know are true, but to cultivate endurance and tenacity as carefully as we read the research.”

    “Confessions of a Whistle-Blower: Lessons Learned by Dr. Anna C. Salter. Ethics & Behavior, Volume 8, Issue 2 June 1998” https://ritualabuse.us/research/memory-fms/confessions-of-a-whistle-blower-lessons-learned/

    I highly recommend “Confessions of a Whistleblower”: In 1988 Dr. Salter began a report on the accuracy of expert testimony in child sexual abuse cases utilizing experts Ralph Underwager and Hollida Wakefield as a case study. In response, Underwager and Wakefield began a campaign of harassment and intimidation, which included multiple lawsuits; an ethics charge; phony (and secretly taped) phone calls; and ad hominem attacks, including one that Dr, Salter was laundering federal grant monies. The harassment and intimidation failed as the Dr. Salter refused demands to retract. In addition, the lawsuits and ethics charges were dismissed. Lessons learned from the experience are discussed.

    About: Dr. Salter received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice from Harvard University and obtained a Masters Degree in Child Study from Tufts. She was a Teaching Fellow at both Universities. Dr. Salter has lived in Madison Wisconsin since 1996 and consults half time to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. In addition, she lectures and consults on sex offenders and victims throughout the United States and abroad. She has keynoted conferences on sexual abuse in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and England. In all, she has conducted trainings in 50 states and 10 countries. Dr. Salter also evaluates sex offenders for civil commitment proceedings and other purposes.

    http://www.annasalter.com/annasalter/Welcome.html

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