Protective Mother, Child Advocate and Author Maralee McLean lost custody of her 4-year-old daughter to her abusive ex, despite reported medical evidence of sexual abuse and police reports stating abuse. She finally got her daughter back at age 12 after eight years of one-hour-a-week supervised visitations and endless litigation.
Maralee writes: “My daughter started disclosing sexual abuse by her father at age two and a half to me and to her daycare providers. The more evidence on abuse was presented to the courts by doctors, the more unsupervised time he was granted, during which he continued to rape my daughter. Two therapists wrote a report that I had Parental Alienation Syndrome and quoted Gardner’s theory throughout two ex-parte hearings of which I was not notified and thus not present. The record of these proceedings show they were devoid of truth and fact, omitting all evidence of abuse of my child. The father was granted full custody.
My daughter suffered tremendously from being taken from me. The one person she thought would protect her had failed. She could not understand why she could only see her mom one hour a week, in an 8×10 foot room, accompanied by a strange man who monitored every conversation. Sometimes she would say, “Mommy, I just want to die”. She was not allowed to see her loving grandparents whom she dearly loved, or any member of my family, or anyone who knew of the abuse. She was forced into complete isolation, traumatized and silenced.
My daughter hung on to me during the supervised visitations and we never gave up. She would say, “I fly to your house at night. I am on the window sill I am with you always mommy”. I got her back at the age of twelve after eight years of supervised visits. Today she is dissociative but we are very close. The damage the court system did is irreparable.”
MARALEE MCLEAN is a child advocate, protective parent, domestic violence expert, professional speaker and author of PROSECUTED BUT NOT SILENCED: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children. Maralee has written several articles for the ABA Child Law Journal, Women’s E-New and other publications on the problems of family courts not protecting abused children. Maralee is with Women’s Media Center (WMC), SheSourceExpert, NPEIV (National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence) and is with RAINN speaker bureau, All American Speakers. She organized a National Rally of Mothers at the Colorado State Capitol and has been involved in legislative work that spans over two decades. She testified before Congress to promote judicial accountability to better protect sexually abused children’s rights in our courts. Maralee’s story has been covered by many media outlets and internationally on CNN.
Maralee’s website can be found here: www.mmclean.tateauthor.com
Maralee’s CNN interviews can be found here: www.maraleemclean.com/video
So what is a Protective Mother? A Protective Mother tries to protect her child or children from their abusive father by many means necessary, which is an uphill battle in today’s corrupt global Family Court system that thrives on paternal entitlement. Maternal Deprivation at the hands of abusive fathers has reached pandemic proportions! However, Protective Mothers worldwide are uniting to fight for the right to keep their children in what could be called a new Civil Rights movement.
Professional Fine Artist and College Professor Geerte Frenken is a Protective Mother fighting for her court-abducted daughter Jasmijn. She is the host of the CCN Live TV show HELL IS FOR CHILDREN about the global plight of Protective Mothers and their children that airs every Saturday at 3PM Eastern Standard Time (21:00 Central European Time). Recordings of the shows are made available via youtube within a few days after each Live broadcast and are archived HERE as well.
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