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WHEREAS, the term Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) was created by the psychiatrist, Richard Gardner. It is used as a tactic in courts by litigating attorneys as a defense strategy for batterers and sexual predators that purports to explain a child’s estrangement from one parent, or explains away allegations against the estranged parent of abuse/sex abuse of child, by blaming the protective parent ; and

WHEREAS, there are no data to support PAS ; and

WHEREAS, mothers are primarily pathologized and blamed for interfering with their children’s attachment to their fathers and PAS is used by many evaluators and courts to discount children’s fears in hostile and psychologically abusive situations as a form of entrapment, keeping the child from the protective parent ; and

WHEREAS, abuse is continued via the court system thru a series of ruthless assaults from all angles strategically planned over time by an abuser, his criminal-divorce-personal injury attorneys and PAS therapists to fully discredit, blame and control a protective parent with the sole purpose of hiding abuse, infidelity, finances and to "win" possession of the child(ren), while proponents of PAS profit ; and

WHEREAS, as documented in the PBS film, Breaking The Silence, The Children’s Stories there are epidemic levels of abuse and dysfunction in our courts system where espoused judges repeat Richard Gardner’s unsubstantiated doctrine and make binding recommendations in conjunction with PAS therapists and PAS attorneys ; and

WHEREAS, the newly revised, 2006 edition of "Navigating Custody and Visitation Evaluations in Cases with Domestic Violence : A Judge’s Guide," published by The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, includes a strong statement condemning the use of PAS which it calls a "discredited" syndrome that favors child abusers in custody determinations ;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Organization for Women (NOW) denounces Parental Alienation Syndrome and recommends that any professional whose mission involves the protection of the rights of women and children denounce its use as unethical, unconstitutional, and dangerous.

Reference : Now Web Site

Read : Fighting Over the Kids.

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PARENTAL ALIENATION SYNDROME : 
WHAT LAWYER IN HIS RIGHT MIND WOULD USE PAS NOW ? 

"PAS IS WRONG" says the legal community, scholars and psychiatrists.

Can PAS cases be overturned ? In light of the evidence that PAS is the brainchild of a pathological pedophile and Judges, therapists and lawyers have used PAS to give children to abusive parents, the courts have an obligation to review the cases based on PAS.

National Coalition of Family Judges Call Parental Alienation Junk Science

July 11, 2006 Bala Cynwyd, Pa. People who care about abused children
finally have something to celebrate. Two recent high profile legal
publications have rejected "Parental Alienation Syndrome" (PAS), a
controversial label often used to discredit allegations of
child abuse or domestic violence in family courts. According to PAS theory,
children’s disclosures of abuse by one parent are reinterpreted as evidence
of "brainwashing" by the other parent. The solution proposed by PAS theory
is to immediately award custody to the alleged child abuser.

The newly revised, 2006 edition of "Navigating Custody and Visitation
Evaluations in Cases with Domestic Violence : A Judge’s Guide," published by
The National Coalition of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, includes a
strong statement condemning the use of PAS which it calls a "discredited"
syndrome that favors child abusers in custody determinations.

At the same time the Spring 2006 issue of the American Bar Association’s
Children’s Legal Rights Journal provides a comprehensive analysis of all
legal case involving allegations of PAS. This definitive review concludes
that science, law, and policy all oppose the admissibility of PAS in the
courtroom.

"PAS is junk science at its worst," says Dr. Paul Fink, President of the
Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence, and a former
President of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Fink explains,
"Science tells us that the most likely reason that a child becomes estranged
from a parent is that parent’s own behavior. Labels, such as PAS, serve to
deflect attention away from those behaviors."

Judge Sol Gothard is glad to see that the legal community has joined other
professionals in recognizing the harm that PAS can cause. Recently retired
from Louisiana’s 5th Circuit Court of Appeal, Judge Gothard has been
involved in over 2000 cases of allegations of child sexual abuse. He states,
"PAS has caused emotional harm, physical harm and in some cases, even death
to children."

Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist and Executive Vice President
of the Council, has also seen first hand the long-term emotional damage this
so-called syndrome has caused. "How do you explain to young children forced
to live with abusers why the courts have considered them liars and ignored
their cries for help ?" Silberg has found that it can take years for these
children to get past their feelings of betrayal by the system that was
supposed to protect them.

Dr. Silberg views PAS allegations as part of a larger strategy in which
abusive parents try to fool the courts, attorneys, child custody evaluators,
and mental health professionals into believing that their children and
ex-spouses are crazy when they raise concerns about safety. She notes the
recent case of Darren Mack, accused of shooting his custody judge and
stabbing his wife to death. Mack successfully convinced a custody evaluator
that he was a loving parent with no violent tendencies, notes Silberg.

Stephanie Dallam, MS, a researcher with the Leadership Council, has spent
the last 10 years researching PAS. She traces the syndrome to a
controversial psychiatrist, Richard Gardner, who described sex between
fathers and their offspring as normal and natural. In his voluminous
self-published writings, Gardner blamed abused children’s suffering on our
society’s "overreaction" to sexual abuse, notes Dallam.

Dr. Paul Fink concludes, "Children suffer when law embraces a ’syndrome’
just because a so-called ’expert’ coined a snappy phrase. Increasingly,
courts are seeing through the PAS charade and refusing to allow the
courtroom to be used as theater for the promotion of junk science."

The Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence is composed
of national leaders in psychology, psychiatry, medicine, law, and public
policy who are committed to the ethical application of psychological science
and countering its misuse by special interest groups. Members of the Council
are dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of children and other
vulnerable populations. More information can be found at :
http://www.leadershipcouncil.org.

On Sisyphe, October 24, 2006


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