DSCI0510On April 22nd, a march was held across the nation by advocates of child abuse imploring lawmakers to take the subject of child abuse seriously.  It was also a rare opportunity for child abuse advocates, many of whom have been operating alone, to meet other advocates for support, strategy and planning.

This nationwide march was a grassroots efforts by Children Without a Voice, which was started by Lin Seahorn who was abused in foster homes, group homes and other institutional settings.  HEAL Online, an loose confederacy of advocates demanding transparency in the troubled teen/group home industries, joined in the marches in Washington state, Kentucky and here in Southern California.

IMG_0915Priscilla Perez, who organized the march in Los Angeles, was inspired to join the movement following the abduction of Samantha Runion,  Jade Against Bullying and Cuffed and Wanted, a newspaper that publishes pictures of sex offenders (but will remove them once they register with the police) also joined the marchers in solidarity.

Child abuse takes many forms.  Abuse in the home.  Abuse in the school.  Abuse in foster homes, child care, boot camps, and many other institutions.  Including churches, public and private schools.

You can’t solve a problem without admitting you have one!  If you can cover up abuse in your home, it’s a piece of cake to cover up corruption in your business, church, or government.  What is the answer?  We’ll never know if we stay in our own shadows.  The time has come to for advocates to join together and force this country to acknowledge the silent problem of child abuse and how it affects the stability of a nation.

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Feel free to print and hand out wherever you may march on April 22, 2013.

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Picture 27A movement has begun! There will be a march in our nation’s capitol, as well as other capitals across the United States, to draw awareness to child abuse.

HEAL will show solidarity with survivors across the nation on Monday, April 22, 2013. This is not only an opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with those who believe enough is enough, but a way for those who were abused in our nation’s private and public institutions (churches, juvenile detention centers, foster homes, religious boarding schools, gay to straight centers) to demand accountability for those who were abused by children no matter where the abuse has taken place.

If you would like to join us, please contact me through the following form.

Thanks for your support!

Paul Eberle, the author of The Politics of Child Abuse, died in December 2012. I have no obituary to prove this. Some believe the reaction from his books regarding the child abuse witch hunts of the 80s finally broke him.

The Politics of Child Abuse begins with Sigmund Freud and his seduction theory. Freud concluded, after hearing so many patients talk about personal incest and child abuse experiences, that abuse is the basis of most of our behavioral problems. Eberle suggests Freud’s colleagues did not want to implicate their best customers in criminal acts, so pressure was applied that resulted in the famous psychiatrist compromising his work and now we’re stuck with a cigar.

The ‘child abuse industry’ did not begin in earnest until Walter Mondale sponsored the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) in 1974. There was big money in child abuse and departments were created. The state of Utah, at one time, received over $100,000 for each child they retained in state custody. Those children, allegedly sent for their ‘protection’ from abusive parents, were the first crop of victims to make this abusive teen behavioral modification industry prosper. States had to make changes in laws, thus giving the prosecution immunity from false accusations, if they wanted to receive the big bucks.

The dogma of the child abuse industry shares a commonality with Freud’s revised theories. Freud’s later views linked fantasy with child abuse. His clients were not abused, he said. It was all fantasy. Today, Freud would be a great expert witness for defense lawyers.

Child abuse cases no longer required a defendant to have an alibi! Since repressed memories don’t come with day planners, saying you were at another location when a molestation occurred is not enough. Discrepancies in testimonies were easily written off and discarded.

The insanity went into a tailspin after Ray Buckey was accused of child molestation in the McMartin Preschool case. His arrest was not an isolated incident. Many families were arrested in the South Bay area. Parents sent to jail. Children sent to foster homes and juvenile care by a prosecution that refused to admit it was wrong. One of the most notorious cases was in Bakersfield, California, where the witch hunt nabbed 36 convictions, with flimsy evidence. 34 were overturned on appeal. 2 died in custody. And their children? Sent to foster homes or juvenile facilities! But who cares about that?

The fact is, those who were never abused by their parents did get abused in foster homes and institutions because of the false charges of molestation.

Children taken to juvenile care were placed in small rooms by interrogators. The team of questioners could leave the room, take a break, and return. The child was often kept in the room with no hope of a break. Sometimes longer than 8 hours. Some as long as three months. If they claimed they were abused, they would be rewarded with dolls. If they said abuse did not occur, they would be yelled at.

‘Believe the Children’ became a mantra that could not be questioned. Eberle writes that extremely young children will tell the truth, but as they understand it. A young child may believe Santa is coming down the chimney. He is not lying. He is mistaken.

A lie must have the intent to deceive. He is not lying if he truly believes it. It is necessary, as adults, to have a critical mind to discern fact from fantasy. An adult who does not do that is derelict in his or her duties as a parent. A judicial system that cannot discern fact from fantasy is a witch hunt. A horrendous injustice was done and more children were abused because of unquestioned allegiance to the doctrines of child advocacy.

Years after The Politics of Child Abuse was written, those very children would speak up about their abuse in the movie Witch Hunt. The question they got asked so often was, “If you weren’t abused by your parents, why did you admit to it?”

It was because they were practically held as prisoners of war by zealous prosecutors who only allowed for evidence that supported their case! The defense was forbidden from using any evidence that would prove the prosecution wrong. Another classical sign of a ‘witch hunt’!

If someone like Freud would comprise his work to suggest accounts of child abuse are fantasies, and if much of what we understand about abuse is based on unquestioned allegiance to flawed theories, and if we continue to avoid critical thinking when it comes to prosecuting child abuse cases, we will probably wind up abusing more children than any religious organization now under fire for abuse.

Paul Eberle was the publisher of the Los Angeles Free Press, the famous underground paper known for its counterculture views and acceptance of sex advertisements. His interviews included Frank Zappa and just about everyone who was an influence in the 60s. This past would be held against him after he published his two books about prosecutorial misconduct in The Politics of Child Abuse and his follow up, The Abuse of Innocence.

Lee Coleman, MD, had an article published in Hustler and this was used against Dr. Coleman. Coleman, in The Politics of Child Abuse, responds that one of the tactics used to deflect attention from the substance of the facts is the ad hominem argument. Shoot the messenger! This tactic would be used by National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse when they published a smear article trying to link Eberley to child pornography.

The Los Angeles Free Press published stories written by adults reflecting on their experiences as children. No actual child pornography was ever discovered that could be used against Paul Eberle. The Politics of Child Abuse book does contain an account of a victim’s friend getting arrested and implicated after she questions an investigation.

Temper this with the disturbing events surrounding the 1981 University of Boston Nursing School symposium on child sex abuse. Lloyd Martin, former LAPD detective, brought hundreds of examples of ‘kiddie porn’ to the convention. He stockpiled them from raids and freely displayed them at public awareness events. Dr. Roland C. Summit, the guru behind ‘Believe the Children, and Kee MacFarlane from the McMartin trial, attended this symposium.

The tables would be turned thirty years later as fundamentalist preachers, children’s home personnel, and ‘anti-porn’ activists from this era, would be arrested for child molestation or possession of child porn. Yet, their philosophy that has put many innocent people in jail is still regarded as gospel by those professing to be child advocates.

All is not lost! There is a new twist in the form of survivors who have been victimized by group homes, foster care, and other institutions who are finding each other through Facebook/Reddit.

You who have been victimized by this industry are the wild card! You know what it’s like to be in solitary confinement. You know what it’s like to be punished until you admit that certain things are true (even though you know they aren’t)!

You know what it’s like to have people ask, “Why are you saying bad things about this place? You once said you loved it!

Now consider the victims of this witch hunt! Every false accusation equals the possibility of another innocent child becoming a victim of institutional abuse. They might be children younger than you who are victims of a divorce squabble! Or victims of an aggressive prosecutor whose career is on the line unless he gets a conviction (and if he’s lucky it’ll be the right guy!). Or a pastor who feels his reputation must be protected at all costs for the sake of the ministry? Imagine those children suffering in order for a guilty party to go free!

What I would suggest is an abolishment of statute of limitations laws regarding child abuse. Statute of limitation rules, along with the basic hysteria that comes with the subject of child molestation, work against justice and forces prosectors to embrace the magical thinking of repressed memories. Lets allow victims to grow up, get their heads straight, and present their cases (without manipulation by a third party) to the proper authorities.



Child Pornography, The Politics of Child Abuse,
and the Abuse of Innocence: Analysis and Commentary by John Earl

About Paul Eberle

Happy Valentines Day! On this day in 1991, deputy sheriffs and child investigation officials raided Victory Christian Academy in Ramona, CA, thanks to the testimony of one survivor who happened to name drop ‘Lester Roloff’, a curious videographer who never would have interviewed her had she not name dropped Lester Roloff, and a crusty Atheist TV producer who eventually sent the tape to the Department of Children’s Services.

Victory Christian Academy shut down its doors a year later. Michael Palmer, the owner of VCA, was already operating the Jay, Florida property. He stepped down amidst rape charges but never served a day in jail. VCA changed its name to Lighthouse of North Florida.

22 years later (that long?), Lighthouse is closing its doors because of dwindling enrollment brought on by an expose of the Tampa Bay Times. Many of the survivors in that article spoke out as a direct result of the activities of SIA Organization and Facebook survivor groups. And, as many readers know, this video made by the aforementioned videographer documenting a survivor’s reunion on the grounds of VCA (Ramona), played its role in bringing together survivors.

Nice to see the long term results of something that began eons ago finally take root!

Links:

February 14, 1991 Raid of VCA.

Tampa Bay Times expose causes school to fold up.

Lester Roloff, name drop him if you wanna get attention:

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A few months ago, I sent an email to the Florida Child Protective Services regarding FACCCA. Never heard back! Never the less, other people were interested in the behind the scenes machinations of that group. The Tampa Times released a series of articles concerning FACCCA and the homes they endorsed:

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/floridas-failure-to-protect-children/1259604

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/florida-investigates-unlicensed-childrens-homes-for-abuse-neglect/1259341

These articles were referenced in a piece by TIME:

http://healthland.time.com/2012/11/13/investigative-report-reveals-some-religious-reform-schools-are-havens-for-child-abuse/

The news is spreading. . .

NOTE: An open forum will be held on October 27th, 2012 at 634 Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA, regarding the disturbing practice of judges sending children out of the state of California to various teen detention facilities (or IED, Individual Educational Development) in the United States and abroad. This forum is not connected with HEAL but, after speaking with the woman organizing it, believe it warrants a mention. No video cameras or audio recordings will be allowed.

My name is Jacq I was drawn into the issue of camps in a contentious custody battle. My daughter was recommended to be sent to Fiji until she was 18.  No logical reason was the proposal.  I went toe to toe with the evaluator his name was Dr. Roy W. Bradbury. He did not have credential to perform evaluations, yet he was herald as the expert.  Bradbury was exposed in a deposition he admitted under oath he did not have the proper training for ten years. 

I began to hear from other victims of the abusive treatment of this man.  I tried to recuse him and was denied.  Suddenly Bradbury died.  I kept subpoenaing him for my trial, the courts claimed Bradbury had a heart attack,  I went to county recorders office and asked for his death certificate to determined the cause of death.

Bradbury died a blocks from his home, he shot himself in his vehicle.  I questioned the whole process of sending children to institutions when this man was inept and unqualified.

I with some other family court litigants are attempting to have a open forum of issues affecting the litigants. 

On October 27th at 11-3pm, 634 Spring st, Los Angeles, CA conference room.  We will start this process