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Nine years ago this week, I left Germany with my daughter, Megan Mulczynski, in order to protect Megan from her abusive father and others. Megan, at that time, was freely speaking of the abuse that was perpetrated upon her. My story is told in great detail at www.hopeforus.wordpress.com

This blog is not only about me though. I want to acknowledge the countless women who become protective parents in order to keep their children safe from abusers (usually the child’s father). People have may preconceived notions of the court systems in the United States as well as internationally.justice stone

I highly recommend the documentary available on DVD called, “No Way Out But One”. It is the true story of Holly Collins who fled to the Netherlands to protect her children. The DVD is riveting and at times very hard for me to watch. This documentary very clearly and poignantly shows what happens in the family court system in our society. http://www.nowayoutbutone.com/

It is also important to me to commend the attorneys who defend women who are forced into the position of fleeing with their children. Alan Rosenfeld, Attorney-at-Law, represented me in partnership with my public defender, Steven Reich, at my trial for custodial interference. Alan Rosenfeld has represented battered women for decades. Alan’s experience, expertise, compassion, and passion for what he does are obvious. He also successfully represented Holly Collins when she wanted to return to the United States and faced prosecution. Alan Rosenfeld’s website is:  http://alanrosenfeld.com/   I recommend watching his short video of a presentation he gave at the Battered Women Custody Conference. http://alanrosenfeld.com/video/   My appreciation and gratitude for Alan’s representation, knowledge, and compassion has not ended. My respect is tremendous for all attorneys who take these cases in order to help women and children stay safe.

Life presents most of us with difficult choices at times – especially in regard to our children. The court systems are in desperate need for reform. The California Protective Parents Association provides information, resources, and opportunities for political activity in order to gain reform. http://protectiveparents.com/

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

                                                                                                                                        – Lao-Tzu

This quote resonates within me. Loving my child gave me courage that I did not even have for myself. If you are in a domestic violence situation or are dealing with the aftermath and would like to connect with me, please feel free to contact me.

This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. The protection of our children is vital.


© Gail E. Mulczynski