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Fathers' Rights Advocates Protest
Domestic Violence Hysteria in Boston

by Mark Charalambous <mchar@jyacc.com> -- Attendees to the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts conference: "Facing up to the complexities of Family Violence," got more than they bargained for in Boston. In the past, conferences on domestic violence issues have been little more than psycho-babble, victim-feminist love- fests. But this time, the OTHER victims of the domestic violence "issue" --fathers who have lost their children due to fraudulent allegations of domestic abuse and violence--were there to greet them on the way in to the conference, and inside the conference itself.

CPF - The Fatherhood Coalition, and member association DADD - Dads Against Divorce Discrimination, staged a two-hour protest rally outside the conference hotel. Replete with equipment snafus, disputations with traffic and police officers, the protest got off to a late start at 9 AM. Mark Charalambous of CPF, the organizer of the protest, welcomed the dozens of protest participants and sympathizers. Alluding to the recent discovery of 300-year-old court documents in Essex County, Massachusetts, Charalambous drew parallels between the Salem witch trials and the current hysteria surrounding domestic violence. According to Charalambous, we are in the midst of a witch hunt that will appear prominently in historical records three hundred years from now, when our ancestors examine the courts documents of today.

A featured speaker was George T. Gilliland of the Domestic Rights Coalition in St. Paul Minnesota. Gilliland founded the only domestic violence shelter for male victims of domestic violence. He spoke eloquently, drawing from his considerable experience in the fathers rights movement.

Other speakers included CPF co-chairman Jan Spinazzola, Terrance Meehan of DADD, who spoke with vigor concerning his trials and tribulations with Worcester County Probate Court Judge Arline Rotman--herself an AFCC member in attendance at the conference--and several others.

A highlight of the rally was a short play dramatizing the ease in which a woman can criminalize a man and cripple his relationship with his children simply by requesting an order for protection based on nothing more than a statement that she is afraid.

Paul Corey, current CPF Legislative Director, closed the event with a rendition of his song "Balloons and a Rose." The song, drawn from a true event, is a heartfelt, emotional song, sung from the point of view of a daughter who questions why her father is not able to attend her pre-school graduation.

It is uncertain what affect the rally had on the conference participants, but if nothing else, it served to put them on notice that the domestic violence industry is no longer operating in a vacuum. No longer can they ignore the fact that their work is causing such harm to the father-child relationship that it has spawned a visible and vocal opposition that intends to challenge them from here on out, whenever they appear in Boston.

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