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30 March 2012

Eastern Kentucky’s Take Back the Night Rally

Original:  http://www.lechrysalis.org/2012/03/eastern-kentuckys-take-back-night-rally_30.html

The below write up was done as an overview of what the rally entailed.  We encourage anyone that is going to a college or university that doesn’t have a Take Back the Night Rally to look into it and see how to make it happen on your campus!  If you don’t know where to start, let us know, we may be able to help you.  Take Back the Night is an internationally held march and rally intended as a protest and direct action against rape and other forms of sexual violence, some campus events include domestic violence awareness along with other forms of violence and abuse awareness.

If after reading the review you would like to find out more about the book “Fingernail Moon” or Hopes Wings Shelter, please see the links and book review after the Rally review.  There is also a link for upcoming Take Back the Night Events.

Take Back Your Life

    Was the message for Eastern Kentucky’s Take Back the Night Rally. Janie Webster Leech shared her story about her daughter’s sexual abuse, her court battle, and her life as a fugitive after fleeing the country with her child. In 2000 she received instructions on how to hook up with the underground and yet chose to venture out on her own. Someone from the audience asked why she had to run, when she had mental health professionals who could prove her child was sexually assaulted. Many of us have asked that question as well! (can I hear an AMEN?). This mother’s story was different from what we are used to. It is a story with a happy ending, and a journey to forgiveness and healing after sexual assault. While in Dublin, her ex-husband passed away, making it safe for her to return to the US. When she did so, a judge in Fayette County KY dropped her felony charges. (Unlawful flight and child abduction).

    College students from Eastern Kentucky University shared slam poetry and an assignment they had on stalking. Some students were stalked, and others did the stalking. Stalking included gifts, texting, facebook messages and more, but boundaries were set. It was interesting to hear the emotions shared of what it felt like to stalk and be stalked. That was a lesson that rippled out to their friends and hopefully will continue!

   Hopes Wings, the local shelter in Madison County, has struggled with grants since it has been open, and thanks to Mary Kay, will now be open and actually be able to offer shelter!

For upcoming Take Back the Night Events please visit the calendar for upcoming April events:  http://www.takebackthenight.org/calendar/week.php?day=2012-04-07

To find out more about Hopes Wings please visit their website at:  http://www.hopeswings.org/

About the book “Fingernail Moon: The True Story of a Mother's Flight to Protect Her Daughter” : 

Fingernail Moon, the true story of a mother and daughter’s courageous journey. An inspiring story of Janie Webster’s daring quest to save her daughter’s life.
When Webster discovered that her husband had sexually abused their daughter, her seemingly content life changed forever. She began divorce proceedings, but the court allowed unsupervised visits between father and daughter. Then her husband was diagnosed with AIDS. Terrified that he could further abuse and even infect their daughter, Janie Webster knew that she had to flee.
Mother and daughter embarked on a five-year journey around the world. Although often discouraged, they found within their physical journey a deep spiritual meaning. With God’s guidance, they established and reestablished new lives in the countries where they stayed, finding people they could trust who provided them with friendship and assistance. Despite the threat of deportation and imprisonment hanging over them, they sensed the hand of God engineering their safe passage.

Purchase “Fingernail Moon” on amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Fingernail-Moon-Mothers-Protect-Daughter/dp/0385495293

If your school is having a Take Back the Night Event and you would like for us to post about it either before or after please send us the information via the contact button to the left or send to Mary via email at:  mary@lechrysalis.org

24 March 2012

Press Release: American Mothers Political Party Denounces “Dominick’s Law” In Michigan

Just found the below press release today, and even though it is a few days past, I still felt it should be posted and shared out.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
American Mothers Political Party
March 20, 2012

American Mothers Political Party Denounces “Dominick’s Law” In Michigan

Mothers are the natural guardians of children as Corrine Baker was when she used her own body as a shield to try and protect her child, Dominick Calhoun.

Neighbors ignored her screams and authorities said Baker did not do “enough” to protect her son from a fatal beating inflicted by her then-live-in boyfriend, Brandon Joshua-Frederick Hayes, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for torture, murder and child abuse.  This is what second degree (scapegoating) manslaughter looks like is when a woman endures this kind of beating trying to protect her child.

It has been duly noted that those supporting and those who are the purported “creators” of Dominick’s Law and the recent threats that have been made against those that support Dominick’s mother.  We are not deterred.

According Michigan Legislature:
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/20112012/billintroduced/House/htm/2011-HIB-5078.htm

(g) "Serious mental harm" means an injury to a child's mental

condition or welfare that is not necessarily permanent but results

in visibly demonstrable manifestations of a substantial disorder of

thought or mood which significantly impairs judgment, behavior,

capacity to recognize reality, or ability to cope with the ordinary

demands of life.

“Dominick's Law” will only justify what Michigan has done to this battered mother who tried to protect her child and all future domestic abuse victims.  In essence, the pseudo-scientific theory of Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) will be legal in Michigan if this law is passed the way it is currently written.  What is “enough” to protect a child from harm?

American Mothers Political Party is not just mothers but fathers, sisters aunts, daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, family, friends, coworkers and neighbors who support battered mothers and their rights to raise their children.

Until human mothers are honored or recognized as the natural guardians of her children, no rights will exist for any one. “Mother” is the cry of the dying soldier on the battlefield, “Mother” is the first person everyone sees when they are born, all other species “get this” - all except the terribly wrong and failed “human experiment”' of the murder of motherhood, and everyone's else’s rights over mother nature’s.

AMPP will not support this law as it is currently written and will continue to denounce those that mean to do the supporters of mothers harm.

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Videos http://vodpod.com/ampp/corrinebaker

American Mothers Political Party Denounces “Dominick’s Law” In MichiganAMPP stands in support of Corrine Baker. Authorities said Baker did not do enough to protect her son from a fatal beating inflicted by her then-live-in boyfriend, Brandon Joshua-Frederick Hayes, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for torture, murder and child abuse. ALTHOUGH SHE USED HER BODY AS SHIELD.

Take a Look at what 2nd degree (scapegoating) manslaughter is when you endure this kind of beating trying to PROTECT her CHILD.The DA is scapegoating the Calhoun's are scapegoating and Dominick's law will only JUSTIFY what MI has done to this battered mom who tried to protect!! 15-30 years!! Scapegoating!!!