Custody Disputes Now Tougher for Battered Moms.
Mothers on Trial: The battle for children and custody, By Phyllis Chesler
” . . . battered women are losing custody to their batterers in record numbers. Children are being successfully brainwashed by fathers, but many mothers are being falsely accused of brainwashing. Worse: Children with mandated reporters–physicians, nurses or teachers–who report to them that they have been sexually abused by their fathers are usually given to those very fathers. The mothers of these children are almost always viewed as having “coached” or “alienated” the children and, on this basis alone, are seen as “unfit” mothers.
These mothers said that social workers, mental health professionals, guardians ad litem and parent coordinators–especially if they were women–actively “disliked” and were “cruel and hostile” to them as women. (Perhaps they expected women to be more compassionate toward other women. In this, they were sadly mistaken.)
Also, many mothers found that female professionals were often completely taken in by charming, sociopathic men (“parasites,” “smother-fathers”), dangerously violent men, and men who sexually abused their children.
For more information:
Phyllis Chesler’s Web site:
Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody