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“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are” Benjamin Franklin
Most people will know of someone who is not speaking with one of their parents, or who has not seen his/her own child for months or even years. Most people will put this down to a natural, or benign, process whereby a child going through a family break-up will inevitably side with one or other parent.
Through the coordinated production of films, TV ads, feature articles, promotional materials and web & social media sites, and the widespread dissemination of information, we aim to expose a phenomenon that is far from benign and that should, instead, be considered a scandal of epic proportions – affecting tens of thousands of children in Australia and millions of people around the globe. It is neither benign nor natural, but instead is a consequence of a particularly insidious form of abuse.
In Australia some similar scandals from the past have already been exposed. The gradual exposure of past policies of Australian government agencies that led to the removal of Aboriginal children from their parents culminated in the 2008 Apology to the “Stolen Generations”, in which it was acknowledged that up to 50,000 children may have been taken from their parents. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuses is currently continuing to reveal the past failures of other government and private sector institutions that were meant to be protecting our children.
The loss by thousands of Australian kids each year of their rightful access to one of their parents as a consequence of psychological abuse by their other, custodial parent – a process facilitated and often caused by present-day government institutions set up to act in our children’s best interests, such as the Family Court – is no less a scandal. And it’s happening, every single day, to more and more Australian kids.