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A study has found that 66% of women in prison are mothers with children under the age of 18 and 22% of those mums have children under five. Stats also tell us that 24% and 31% of all women offenders have one or more children who depend on them, and that in 2010, 17,240 children were separated from their mothers by imprisonment.

The article we’ve linked to above explains that when a mother is being considered for a custodial sentence, the rights of the child are engaged. In effect, the court is required to balance the potential impact on the child against the seriousness of the offence and the need to punish the offender, in this case, the mother. The article also offers research highlighting the often severe trauma children experience when their mothers are sent to prison and calls on the government to reassess the way…

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The Law, as written, empowers Judges to protect children from Parental Alienation.

Children's Rights

The Law, as written, empowers Judges to protect children from parental alienation.  They have the tools at their disposal to determine the presence of abuse.

The legal profession and the psychological profession are failing to protect children from a foreseeable harm, by ignoring the dynamics of power and control and the presence of Domestic Violence.  The Courts who are responsible for managing the conflict and are beholden on the Psychological professionals and forensic evaluators to understand the conflict.  The law empowers Judges to also obtain information about the conflict through other methods, such as Guardian Ad Litems, Parenting Coordinators, and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

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How China is building the future in sub-Saharan Africa – While the U.S. has shown the complete inability to balance it

Peace and Freedom


Eric Mboma says China’s role in Congo’s economic and infrastructural development shows the nature and reach of its global aspirations, whereas America’s focus on political institutions and humanitarian goals is proving less attractive than actual jobs and growth

By Eric Mboma
Special for the South China Morning Post

UPDATED : Sunday, 01 May, 2016, 2:00pm

 Congo’s inability to cut and finish the diamonds for which it is famous was a drag on development.

While much is made of China’s expanding footprint in Asia, the reach of its global aspirations can be seen in Africa. The Democratic Republic of Congo reveals the complex dynamics of China’s interaction with the continent, and the inability of the US to balance it.

The fundamental reason for this state of affairs is that American and Chinese foreign-policy priorities in sub-Saharan Africa, of which Congo is a part, diverge considerably.

According to a 2013 study conducted…

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“I Am Free”, Healing Stories About Surviving Toxic Relationships With Narcissists And Sociopaths Now Available Through Amazon — RelationshiPedia

Parental Alienation- UNCOVERED

I Am Free: Healing Stories About Toxic Relationships With Narcissists And Sociopaths Written from the heart of survivors of narcissistic abuse, this collection of stories and poems will empower readers dealing with the aftermath of a toxic relationship and serve as a wakeup call to those who are in—or think they may be in—an abusive […]

via “I Am Free”, Healing Stories About Surviving Toxic Relationships With Narcissists And Sociopaths Now Available Through Amazon — RelationshiPedia

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Mother’s Day Comes ‘Round Again

Family Estrangement

Mother’s Day. Not exactly my favorite holiday. I spend most of the time wondering if I’ll hear from my son – will he text, call even? Most years now, I receive a nod in the form of a brief text, which is fine, but a bit underwhelming.

I recently had a session with a wonderful therapist. After telling her more of my ‘story’ from the past, she helped me understand something profoundly important for my recovery: I was a better mother than I have given myself credit for. I was a kind, sensitive, supportive mother. I loved my child with my whole heart and soul.

For many, many years, I have tortured myself with guilt. When the estrangement started, I felt even more guilt. My son was forming a very different picture of his childhood under the relentless, negative spin that his wife put on it. She has her rules…

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