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NZ Human Rights firstCOURAGEOUS KIDS NETWORK:  http://www.courageouskids.net

When we were children we were physically, emotionally and (some of us) sexually abused by one of our parents. Sometimes we got up the courage to tell our loving parent what our abusive parent was doing to us. Sometimes there were witnesses or medical evidence and our protective parent tried her/his best to protect us.

For some reason there was movement of fear and frenzy in the courts. People didn’t want to believe that a parent could be so abusive to his/her own child. The courts insisted that children or one of their parents must be making up these stories of horrendous abuse. The courts decided to punish the parents who believed their children and who were only trying to protect their children. The courts failed to realize, or didn’t care, that they were punishing us more.

It’s difficult to believe that such horror exists in America or Canada or Australia or New Zealand today, but thousands of children have been, and still are, taken away from their protective parent and placed with their abusers, by court orders. And some kids who were placed with abusers years ago are still trapped because the courts refuse to admit to, and correct their mistakes. Some of those kids are our younger siblings, and we are grieving for them.

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