Stop Divorce Court Bullying!
OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC ABUSE MONTH. ISN'T IT TIME TO HAVE A MONTH TO END DIVORCE COURT BULLYING?
PETITIONING GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO
STOP DIVORCE COURT BULLYING!
JOIN AUTHOR ELOISE SUSAN JOHNSON TO END DIVORCE COURT ABUSE
If we are going to ask our children to take a stand against bullying, it only makes sense that we demand the same for adults. On May 23, 2012, Eloise Susan Johnson, author of the book, Dancing Around the Cracks: Before During and After Divorce Court*, spoke on NPR'S 1370 connection with Bob Smith, regarding her research on adults bullying adults.
After I had read her book, I was interested in hearing her speak of living through one form of bullying after another. She suffered childhood neglect, mental and physical abuse in foster care, and then an emotionally abusive marriage. Finally, when Johnson decided to take a stand to end the abuse, she entered into what she considered the worse form of bullying in her life. The bullying she endured was committed by the very legal system that punishes our children for their bullying.
To make matters worse, Johnson tried in earnest to get womens’ groups and politicians to take a stand to stop the legal abuse. To her dismay, she could find no one in a leadership role to take an adamant position against the conscious and deliberate, cruel and inhumane treatment against women. Johnson understood that what was happening to her was also happening to millions of other women in the U.S.
Regarding divorce court issues, Johnson's compelling story shows very clearly that most judges do not work to stop the bullying. In fact they perpetuate it. And at what cost to the taxpayers? Johnson has been trying to get someone to end the abuses in our courts for 24 years. It is time for every adult and, especially our leaders, to join Johnson in petitioning Governor Andrew Cuomo, to demand that adults stop bullying adults beginning with a comprehensive overhaul of our divorce court and family court systems. Then, and only then, should we demand our children stop their bullying.
Dancing Around the Cracks: Before, During and After Divorce Court Abuse, by Eloise Susan Johnson (available on Kindle);
Interview with NPR's 1370 Connection with Bob Smith: