Monday, March 15, 2010

Fathers rights people praise decision to grant unsupervised visitation to convicted sex offender dad (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)

Note that the recent Australian Family Court decision to grant a registered sex offender dad unsupervised visitation with his two daughters meets with the full approval of John Abbot, who is with the Australian fathers rights group, the Blackshirts.

Yes, you're remembering your history right. The Blackshirts were a fascist paramilitary group under Mussolini, a band of brutal thugs who later served as an inspiration for Hitler's Brownshirts. Nice, loving and nurturing connotations, yes? You really think that the fathers rights people have the best interest of children in mind when they deliberately choose names like this?

Notice that the Blackshirts don't have any concern for these children's safety or well being at all, only that they not be "alienated" from the father. Not that this is any big surprise to those who are familiar with these people.

So do you need to know anything more on how "alienation" is a scam exploited by the fathers rights people? This pretty well encapsulates it and the direction the fathers rights people are wanting to lead us and our children.

Ex-magistrate dismayed by sex offender visit
By Antonette Collins

Updated 3 hours 40 minutes ago

A former Children's Court magistrate says she is dismayed by a decision to reunite two young girls with their father, a registered sex offender.

A Family Court judge in Hobart has ruled that the girls must visit their father every second weekend provided another adult is present in the home overnight.

The father involved in the case has been convicted of accessing child pornography and possessing child abuse products. He will remain on the sexual offenders register for at least another year.

But the judge has declared that it is in the best interests of the girls, aged eight and 10, that they spend time with their father, who cannot be identified.

He says there needs to be a lock on the girls' bedroom door as the "father acts impulsively from time to time and that the children need some protection from him, especially at night".

Former magistrate Barbara Holborow is upset by the decision and says one of the girls said she did not want to visit her father.

"That view should be respected, no matter what the age of the child," Ms Holborow said. "And unless you're doing that, you cannot say it is in the best interests of the child.

"She doesn't want to be there. That's in her best interests. Don't let her go. If she doesn't go, unless another adult is accompanying the other child, she shouldn't go either."

Ms Holborow says it is not enough for the judge to place conditions on the visit and think nothing untoward will happen.

"My goodness it's not as simple as that," she said.

"As for the children staying over there? No. School holidays? No. Visits? Yes - a trip to the zoo or to some other entertainment, but never sleeping over at this stage of their lives."

Ms Holborow says she hopes the decision does not set a precedent and that legislation is not necessary to stop similar decisions in future.

"In my view this father has lost all of his claims to his daughters. This is too late now to say, 'I want to be a father and have access to my children'.

"He should have thought of that before he committed these offences, which are terrible offences and certainly not conducive to raising children.

"We're treating him as though he's entitled to this, to visitations, but I don't believe he is.

"I think you just need common sense. You cannot get over the statement by that little girl. She doesn't want to be there."

John Abbott from the fathers' rights group Blackshirts says the court has taken all precautions to protect the children.

"What we have here is a situation where there's no real allegation that the court has found against the father molesting his own children," he said.

"And we have to keep in mind that alienating children from parents is a very serious matter."