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Round 3 of the Campaign Begins

Round 3 of the Campaign--Going to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPS)


We are now launching Round 3 of the campaign by taking our case to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. To date, we have generated over 6,000 calls and letters to PBS protesting Breaking the Silence--I want it to be 10,000 by next week. I want all of you to join our campaign by clicking here.

If you've participated in Rounds 1 and/or 2, we still want you to participate in Round 3--remember, CPB has not heard from you yet.

There have been many indications of progress, some of which I cannot publicly disclose at the present time. Breaking the Silence, which aired on some PBS affiliates on October 20 and will air on many others in the coming weeks, is a direct assault on fatherhood. The film portrays fathers as batterers and child molesters who steal children from their mothers. We want PBS to allow both sides of this issue to be heard by giving fatherhood advocates a meaningful chance to respond on the air. Houston PBS did this last week.

Again, I want all of you to join our campaign by clicking here.

FOX News Picks up PBS/Loeliger Story


Fox News columnist Wendy McElroy just wrote a column on our PBS campaign and the Loeliger revelations--see PBS Film Ignites Fathers' Rights Debate (Fox News, 11/7/05). McElroy noted "a spokeswoman for PBS, Director of Corporate Communications Jan McNamara, says the accuracy of Breaking the Silence is under 'official review.'" McNamara first contacted us about this two weeks ago. After I released the Loeliger revelations last week I called her back and suggested that the PBS review team might want to consider them in their review also. We'll see what happens.

PBS Pennsylvania Affiliate to Air Fathers' Views


To its credit, WVIA, the PBS affiliate in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Pennsylvania region, will be airing opposing views of Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories on its show State of Pennsylvania on Thursday, November 10, at 7 PM EST. Guests will include members of Fathers' and Children's Equality of Pennsylvania, myself, and others.

WVIA TV covers 22 counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania, including the Pocono region. Like most PBS affiliates, WVIA aired Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories on Thursday, October 20.

PBS Takes a Small Step Back


From our campaign website:

"To its credit, PBS took a small step back from its film Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories on Wednesday, November 2. As Round 2 of the campaign began, PBS changed its response letter. The new letter now reads 'The stories profiled in Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories document a statistically small but serious problem in our family court system.'

"Yes, very statistically small, and we're glad PBS noticed. As we noted at the beginning of this campaign, the producers of Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories 'cherry-picked a few highly unusual cases and pretended that they represent a widespread problem.' And even among the few cases of alleged injustices that the producers highlighted, at least one is a lie. A Tulare County Juvenile Court concluded that Sadia Loeliger, portrayed as a heroic mom in the documentary, had committed eight counts of child abuse, and adjudged both her daughters as dependents of the Juvenile Court in August of 1998.

"The PBS admission follows on the heels of the column 'Critics of Child Abuse Film Miss the Point in Rush to Defend Fathers' (Los Angeles Daily Journal, San Francisco Daily Journal, 11/1/05), co-authored by Sol Gothard, a retired judge featured in the film, and two others. Most of the 1,500 word piece is devoted to attacking columnist Glenn Sacks and the campaign against the film. However, the column inadvertently contained an interesting admission. The authors wrote:

"'Over the last two decades, it has been reported that hundreds of children across the country have been placed in the custody of the parent they disclosed had sexually and/or physically abused them.'" Sacks replied:

"'Hundreds? Over two decades? In a country of 300 million people? Sounds like a woman has a greater chance of being struck by lightning than she does of losing custody of her children to an abuser.'"

ACFC Sends Detailed Letter to PBS Regarding Breaking the Silence


Stephen Baskerville, president of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, has penned a detailed letter signed by 20 individuals and organizations concerning Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories. The letter is a useful, detailed analysis of the issues raised in the film. The ACFC has worked with us and supported our campaign. Read the ACFC letter here.

Glenn Discusses PBS's Breaking the Silence on the Dennis Prager Show


I discussed our campaign against PBS's Breaking the Silence on the Dennis Prager Show on Monday, November 7 at 11 AM PST.

Syndicated Columnist Condemns Breaking the Silence


Conservative commentator Phyllis Schlafly, whose syndicated column appears in more than 100 newspapers, criticizes PBS's Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories in her newest column. Schlafly writes:

"The recent PBS program called Breaking the Silence is an example of feminist propaganda that men are batterers and women are victims. Among the falsehoods in the film was the assertion that 'one-third of mothers lose custody [of their children] to abusive husbands' and that if a divorcing father seeks any form of child custody, he's most likely a wife-beater.

"In fact, divorced fathers win child custody of their children only 15 percent of the time, and U.S. government figures show that the majority of perpetrators of child abuse and neglect are female. Yet the Mary Kay Ash Foundation paid a half million dollars to film and publicize PBS's war on dads."

PAS and the American Psychological Association


There has been considerable controversy over the American Psychological Association's position on Parental Alienation Syndrome. Both in Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories and in the press releases surrounding it, the film's supporters contended that the APA had condemned and criticized Parental Alienation Syndrome.

An APA spokeswoman said this is a misstatement of the APA's position--see American Psychological Association Says Breaking the Silence Misrepresents Its Position on PAS.

A few days later the APA made another brief official pronouncement on PAS. Fatherhood advocate Les Veskrna, MD has written a column explaining the APA's history with PAS. To read the APA's statement and Veskrna's column, see PAS and the APA.

Richard L. Davis on Breaking the Silence


As we mentioned before, Sol Gothard, a retired judge who was featured in PBS's Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories, devoted a top of the page, 1,500 word piece to attacking me and the campaign against the film in two California newspapers last week--"Critics of Child Abuse Film Miss the Point in Rush to Defend Fathers" (Los Angeles Daily Journal, San Francisco Daily Journal, 11/1/05)(subscription only).

Domestic violence expert Richard L. Davis wrote an interesting reply to the charges made by the judge and his co-authors. The column is Dear PBS: To Break the Silence, You Must Tell the Whole Truth (MensNewsDaily.com, 11/6/05).

Two New Columns: 'Alito and the Rights of Men'

Column #1: Alito and the Rights of Men


My new column, "Alito and the Rights of Men" appeared in the Los Angeles Times (11/1/05), the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, the Houston Chronicle, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a couple dozen other papers last week.

The National Organization for Women and Planned Parenthood have blasted Samuel Alito's nomination to the US Supreme Court, saying that Alito has shown "callous disregard of battered women" because he voted to uphold a section of a Pennsylvania law which required women (with many exceptions) to notify their husbands of their intent to have an abortion. I noted:

"I do hate to interrupt the ladies while they're enjoying a good lynching, but Alito's defense of the Pennsylvania law is quite defensible, and bears little resemblance to the hysterical claims being made against him."

The Los Angeles Times already has printed a couple of hostile responses to my column--click here to read. To comment on the piece to some of the papers which printed it, use the information below:

Los Angeles Times (11/1/05), "Alito and the Rights of Men." letters@latimes.com

San Francisco Chronicle (11/3/05), "U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Samuel Alito Jr.: Supporter of Men's Reproductive Rights." letters@sfchronicle.com

Newsday (11/4/05), "As Alito said, men have rights in abortion cases." letters@newsday.com

Hartford Courant (11/4/05), "Don't Fathers Have Rights?" letters@courant.com

Fresno Bee (11/4/05), "Reproductive rights not just about women." letters

Houston Chronicle (11/6/05), "Alito is correct: Husbands have reproductive rights, too." viewpoints@chron.com

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (11/6/05), "Men have reproductive rights, too." opinion@tribweb.com

Kansas City Star (11/6/05), "Another Setback for Women? No: Alito's ruling was for men's reproductive rights" letters@kcstar.com

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (11/7/05), "Double Standard drives feminist attacks on Alito" letters

To write to the other papers printing the column, see the websites for the St. Petersburg Times, the Canton Repository, the Akron Beacon Journal, the Duluth News Tribune, the Wilmington Delaware News Journal, the Youngstown Vindicator, the Centre Daily Times, the Myrtle Beach Sun News, the Madison Capital Times, and others.

I have written about men's reproductive issues on many previous occasions. Some of my columns include: Do Women Really Want a Male Birth Control Pill? (Newsday, 4/11/05) and 'Sperm Theft' Ruling a Step Forward for Men's Reproductive Rights (Houston Chronicle, 3/6/05) (co-authored with Jeff Leving).

We've also discussed this issue on His Side with Glenn Sacks--to listen to the audio, click on Schwyzer v. Alkon: Should Men Have Reproductive Rights? (3/20/05) or Masculists, Feminists Rumble Over Choice for Men (10/19/03).

I've also discussed the "fatal fathers"/maternal homicide myth that lies behind NOW's and Planned Parenthood's claims. To learn more, see my columns New Report on Maternal Homicide Crisis: Myth-Making and Manbashing (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/3/05) and Domestic Violence Series Substitutes Emotion for Facts (San Francisco Chronicle, 4/8/05), or listen to the His Side with Glenn Sacks show Congress to Vote on Renewing Anti-Male Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (7/3/05).

Column #2: "Domestic Violence Treatment Policies Put Abused Women in Harm's Way"


My other new column is Domestic Violence Treatment Policies Put Abused Women in Harm's Way (Daily Breeze [Los Angeles], 11/7/05). It discusses the way that the radical feminists who control the domestic violence industry have created and mandated ideologically-driven batterers' treatment strategies which don't work.

To write a Letter to the Editor of the Daily Breeze, a 100,000 circulation newspaper in the Los Angeles area, about Ideology impedes cure for batterers, write to letters@dailybreeze.com.

Debating Glenn Sacks' Dubious Character...


Does Glenn Sacks believe women are subhuman? A couple ladies on Hugo Schwyzer's popular blog apparently think so. After seeing my column in the Times, Hugo, a feminist Women's Studies professor, blasted me but also added that he considers me a "friend." Some of his feminist readership didn't take too kindly to this, and a big debate on my dubious character resulted. Mercifully it's apparently over now, but you can read it here.

Several prominent members of the Sackson Horde came to my defense (thanks guys) and demanded--gasp--that my enemies actually provide specific quotes to buttress their view of me. Needless to say, not a one was produced.

Hugo's defense of me was even better--he wrote "But does the fact that he's a troglodyte with profoundly objectionable views on men and women mean that he can't also be a helluva guy?" Gee, thanks...

Round 2 of the Campaign Begins

PBS Portrays Known Child Abuser as Hero: Juvenile Court, CPS, Family Court Records Detail Mother's Physical Abuse


Sadia Loeliger, one of the central characters in Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories, is portrayed by the filmmakers as a heroic mom. The filmmakers spotlight and applaud her fight to gain custody of her daughter Fatima, who is also featured.

After the film's debut I was contacted by Dr. Scott Loeliger, Sadia's ex-husband, and we are now revealing, for the first time publicly, Sadia's long, documented history of child abuse--a history which the film's producers chose to ignore despite repeated warnings.

We are launching Round 2 of our campaign against Breaking the Silence today--read the shocking Loeliger revelations here and then return to this E-newsletter for instructions on how you can participate.

Round 2 of the Campaign Begins


To date, we have generated over 4,000 calls and letters to PBS protesting Breaking the Silence. Round 2 begins now--I want all of you to join our campaign by clicking here.

There have been many indications, some of which I am not at liberty to discuss, that our protests have concerned PBS. The film, which aired on some PBS affiliates on October 20 and will air on many others in the coming weeks, is a direct assault on fatherhood. The film portrays fathers as batterers and child molesters who steal children from their mothers. We want PBS to allow both sides of this issue to be heard.

Again, I want all of you to join our campaign by clicking here.

Our Side Gets Chance to Speak on Houston PBS


To its credit, Houston PBS followed through on its commitment to allow our side to air its view of Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories and Parental Alienation Syndrome on its round-table discussion show The Connection on Friday, October 28 at 8 PM CST and again on Sunday, October 30 at 5 PM CST.

The show featured Dr. Reena Sommer, an expert on Parental Alienation Syndrome, as well as Andy Sperling, director of Fathers for Equal Rights in Houston. The opposition was represented by Thomas H. Burton III, General Counsel for the nonprofit organization Justice for Children.

Burton labeled Parental Alienation Syndrome "junk science" and his group's website calls claims of PAS an "unethical, immoral" tactic.

According to Barbara Sweet of Help Stop PAS Inc, our side's points came across loud and clear.

Thanks to Sweet, who has done a lot of good work on this issue, as well as to Sommer and Sperling.

Also, I suggest you commend Ken Lawrence, the Director of Programming for PBS of Houston, for his evenhandedness--to write him, click here.

To read a more detailed description of the Houston broadcast, click here.

I'm disappointed and a little surprised at the position Justice for Children is taking on PAS. I had one of their leaders, Donnalee Sarda, on His Side with Glenn Sacks earlier this year, and while Donna and I certainly don't see eye to eye on everything, she seems much more reasonable than what is posted on their website.

I receive a steady stream of letters from target parents of PAS, and I told some of the stories I was able to investigate in the first part of my co-authored column PBS Declares War on Dads (World Net Daily, 10/20/05). To deny that alienation exists, or that children can buy into the alienation and align themselves with the alienating parent against the target parent, seems to me to be an intellectually untenable position.

However, this is certainly not to say that claims of PAS are not misused--in my co-authored column PBS' Breaking the Silence: Family Law in the Funhouse Mirror (Albany Times Union, 10/20/05, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 10/24/05) I noted:

"To be fair, it is true that there are fathers who have alienated their own children through their abuse or personality defects, and who unfairly blame their children's mothers by claiming PAS. Yet parental alienation is a common, well-documented phenomenon. For example, a longitudinal study published by the American Bar Association in 2003 followed 700 'high conflict' divorce cases over a 12 year period, and found that elements of PAS were present in the vast majority of them."

To hear Sommer and Judy Jones of Help Stop PAS Inc on His Side, see The Lohstroh Case: Alienating Mother Pushes 10 Year-Old Boy to Kill Father (10/31/04).

More News on Breaking the Silence Protests

 

Mental Health Professionals Condemn PBS's Breaking the Silence, Endorse Campaign


Last E-newsletter we announced that the American Psychological Association Says Breaking the Silence Misrepresents Its Position on PAS. Over two dozen mental health professionals have now endorsed our campaign. To read their statement, click here.

Breaking the Silence: More Credibility Problems

American Psychological Association Says Breaking the Silence Misrepresents Its Position on PAS


A spokeswoman for the American Psychological Association says that PBS's new documentary Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories distorts the APA's position on Parental Alienation Syndrome. The film criticizes PAS, which arises when one parent tries to turn his or her children against the other parent during a divorce or separation.

In the documentary Joan Meier, a professor of clinical law at George Washington University and one of the film's chief spokespersons, states that PAS "has been thoroughly debunked by the American Psychological Association." Connecticut Public Television, one of the film's producers, put out a press release promoting the film which stated that PAS had been "discredited by the American Psychological Association."

However, according to Rhea K. Farberman, Executive Director of Public and Member Communications of the American Psychological Association, these claims are "incorrect" and "inaccurate." Farberman says that the APA "does not have an official position on parental alienation syndrome--pro or con." She adds:

"The Connecticut Public Television press release is incorrect. I have notified both Connecticut Public Television and their PR firm of the inaccuracy in their press release."

To learn more, click here.

PBS Internal Memo Tells Affiliates to Stonewall Protesters


A source at PBS sent us this confidential internal memo on Friday. The memo is an instruction sheet that PBS's national office has dispensed to their affiliates to instruct them as to how to deal with the thousands of people who have called or written them to protest Breaking the Silence. As you'll notice, the common theme of this memo is to stonewall protesters.

Reader's Take Action


Over 2,000 Protesters Call, Write PBS over Anti-Father Film Breaking the Silence

Within the first 48 hours of our new campaign , over 2,000 people called or wrote PBS to protest their anti-father film Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories. The film, which aired on some PBS affiliates on October 20 and will air on many others in the coming weeks, is a direct assault on fatherhood. The film portrays fathers as batterers and child molesters who steal children from their mothers.

Glenn Sacks launched the campaign in order to provide popular support for efforts by Fathers and Families , Help Stop PAS Inc , the American Coalition for Fathers & Children , and the Coalition of Fathers and Families NY, Inc. (FaFNY) to help PBS resolve the problem to get PBS to allow both sides of this issue to be heard.

What We Want You to Do


As you will see in this section, we have gained PBS's attention as well as that of the National Organization for Women and other feminist groups. Progress is being made towards resolving the problem. However, the final outcome of this is still very much in doubt, and feminist groups are rallying their supporters to contact PBS to counter us.

I urge you to join us and take action--to do so, click here .

Our objective is simple and reasonable--we want PBS to provide fatherhood and shared parenting advocates a meaningful opportunity to present our side. What PBS's Houston affiliate is doing is an example of what we want.

Again, we urge you to join us by clicking here .

Houston PBS Affiliate Agrees to Air Opposing Views on Breaking the Silence


To its credit, Houston PBS has agreed to air opposing views of Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories and Parental Alienation Syndrome on its round-table discussion show The Connection on Friday, October 28 at 8 PM CST and on Sunday, October 30 at 5 PM CST.

Dr. Reena Sommer, one of our columnists and an expert on Parental Alienation Syndrome , will be appearing, along with guests of various views. To write to Ken Lawrence, the Director of Programming for PBS of Houston, to commend him for his evenhandedness, click here .

Sommer is an articulate voice on PAS. She and Judy Jones of Help Stop PAS Inc appeared on His Side with Glenn Sacks last year to discuss the tragic Lohstroh PAS case--see The Lohstroh Case: Alienating Mother Pushes 10 Year-Old Boy to Kill Father (10/31/04).

Leader of Domestic Violence Shelter Which Helped Fund Breaking the Silence Criticizes Film


Calling Breaking the Silence imbalanced and focused on extreme cases, Pam Kallsen, executive director of the Marjaree Mason Center, a domestic violence shelter in Fresno, California, contacted her local PBS affiliate and told them she was distressed that her shelter's name and logo were associated with the program.

Kallsen had been a staunch supporter of the film project, even helping to secure funding for it, but says she changed her mind after seeing the film.

To learn more, click here .

The National Organization for Women Attacks Our PBS Campaign, Urges Followers to Contact PBS


The National Organization for Women's national office and several other feminist groups have sounded the alarm over our campaign. According to the MND Newswire story PBS Bombarded by Protests over Father-Bashing Show :

"The National Organization for Women sent out an Action Alert urging its members to fight 'bogus 'fathers' rights' activists' and support the film. Irene Weiser of Stop Family Violence urged supporters to counter the protests by calling PBS and urging them to run the program. Toni Troop of Jane Doe Inc./The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence warned against the protesters, saying that film angers the 'mad dads whose tactics and efforts to further the abuse through the court systems are exposed.'"

MND Newswire Story Gives Overview of Campaign


For an overview of campaign events, see MND Newswire's piece PBS Bombarded by Protests over Father-Bashing Show (MND Newswire, 10/20/05).

Two New Leving/Sacks Columns Criticize Breaking the Silence


Family law attorney Jeff Leving and I have co-authored two opinion columns on Breaking the Silence.

PBS' Breaking the Silence: Family Law in the Funhouse Mirror


Jeff Leving and I debated Breaking the Silence supporter Betty Wade Coyle in today's Norfolk Virginian Pilot. Breaking the Silence airs tonight in Norfolk. The debate was called "Two Views on Parental Child Abuse Rulings" and featured Coyle's column, "Our Courts Just Don't Get It" and ours, "Family Laws in the Fun House Mirror." Neither is available at the Virginian Pilot's website, though ours can be seen on my website here .

To write a Letter to the Editor to the Virginian Pilot, a 225,000 circulation newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia, click here .

Our column PBS' Breaking the Silence: Family Law in the Funhouse Mirror (10/20/05) also appeared in the Albany Times Union.

Albany is a battleground for this issue. The previous Sunday the Times Union had printed Bob Port's long, sympathetic word piece Custody fight: Documentary sheds light on system that lets children suffer at the hands of abusive fathers (10/16/05). Much of Breaking the Silence was filmed in Albany, including many clips from the Battered Mother's Custody Conference in January.

One of the themes of Breaking the Silence is mothers losing custody of their children for making accusations of child sexual abuse. The two most famous cases of mothers losing custody for false allegations--those involving Bridget Marks and Dr. Amy Neustein--were both in New York.

In addition, the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women and the Coalition of Fathers and Families NY, Inc. (FaFNY) often do battle at the state capitol there.

Some of you may recall that I debated Marcia Pappas, the president of New York NOW, on Fox News' Day Side with Linda Vester earlier this year. We discussed comments by a New York judge that family courts are biased in favor of women. We invited Marcia to continue our debate on His Side with Glenn Sacks but she declined our invitation.

To write the Times Union, a 100,000 circulation paper, about our column ("Film gives distorted view of family law" ), click here .

PBS Declares War on Dads


Our other co-authored column, PBS Declares War on Dads (World Net Daily, 10/20/05), focuses more specifically on Parental Alienation Syndrome. World Net Daily is one of the largest websites in the world--to write a Letter to the Editor, click here .

What appears on World Net Daily is a shortened version of a much longer column. The full length version, which contains a lot of different material, appears on my website here .

Focus on the Family Radio Covers PBS Campaign


I discussed Breaking the Silence and our campaign on Focus on the Family radio on Monday, October 24.

Glenn Discusses PBS Campaign on American Family Radio Network


I discussed Breaking the Silence and our campaign on American Family Radio Network on Thursday, October 20.

RADAR's Rosenthal Analyzes Breaking the Silence


Mark B. Rosenthal of Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting wrote a good analysis of Breaking the Silence--see Breaking the Science: Misleading Stories from PBS.

Feminist Professor Criticizes Campaign


Dr. Hugo Schwyzer, a feminist professor at Pasadena City College and the inventor of the name "Sackson Horde," criticized our campaign--see MRAs, documentaries, "assaults" . I like Hugo, but like many he didn't pay enough attention to what we are doing and wrote that we tried to "get the documentary pulled off the air." In reality, we have never made that demand. We instead wrote:

"We believe that the misguided individuals who made the documentary should be able to put forth their views. We also believe that PBS has a responsibility to present both sides of the issue. We want PBS to provide fatherhood and shared parenting advocates a meaningful opportunity to present our side."

To his credit, Hugo put in a correction later.

Breaking the Silence Directly Contradicts PBS's Mission Statement


Because PBS is a publicly funded institution, its conduct is of concern to all citizens. PBS's Mission Statement states that one of the central aims of its programming is to "provide multiple viewpoints" and "treat complex social issues completely." Breaking the Silence misses the mark by a wide margin.

There was no attempt to "provide multiple viewpoints" in the film whatsoever. One of the film's biggest supporters, Bob Port, noted this in his pro-film column Custody fight: Documentary sheds light on system that lets children suffer at the hands of abusive fathers (Albany Times-Union, 10/16/05). Port stated that the film "will not try your patience with he-said, she-said debate between couples or among experts." Port's correct--there certainly is no debate or opposition permitted in the film.

The film does not "treat the issue completely," but instead gives only one side of the story, a side which cherry-picked a few highly unusual cases and pretended that they represent a widespread problem. Our campaign's demand--that fatherhood and shared parenting advocates be given a chance for a meaningful on air response to the film--is entirely consistent with PBS's stated goals and aims. In fact, it is far more consistent with them than Breaking the Silence is.

Have You Been the Victim of a Child Support Error?


If you feel you have been billed for child support payments that you believe you do not owe, or if you believe you have experienced a questionable practice by a child support agency, Jane Spies and the National Family Justice Association are conducting a study on this issue and want to hear from you. Click here for more information.

Glenn Quoted in Philly Daily News on Paternity Fraud


I was quoted on paternity fraud in Jenice Armstrong's column Who's your daddy? in the Philadelphia Daily News (10/5/05). Mike McCormick, executive director of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children is also quoted.

Attempt to Shame Deadbeats Visited upon the Children


Jane Spies of the National Family Justice Association often tells me that public humiliation of alleged "deadbeat parents" (as recently occurred in Kentucky and Virginia) harms children because it humiliates them. This letter from Nicki Joynes about Virginia's recent public humiliation campaign is a good example--see Attempt to shame deadbeats visited upon the children (Roanoke Times, 10/4/05).

To learn more about the Virginia events, see my co-authored column Virginia Declares War on Deadbroke Dads (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 8/30/05).

Leving's Divorce Magazine


Family law attorney Jeff Leving, my frequent co-author, has just introduced a new online journal for men--Leving's Divorce Magazine. The magazine looks great and has a lot of useful information--find it at www.levingsdivorcemagazine.com

Source: www.glennsacks.com/pbs

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