I am a 3rd generation navigator who lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I have neither seen nor heard from the daughter I love in over five years. Had it not been for over $150,000 and four years of unrelenting effort, the same would have happened to my two sons.
My children and I were and remain victims of a vicious form of child abuse known as parental alienation. It is when one parent cult programs a child to reject the other parent, Some experts consider it at least as harmful to kids as is sexual abuse, and other even more so.
I am scarred, older, wiser, and hardened by my experience. I salvaged relationships with my two sons, but lost my daughter. I’ve had friends and colleagues who were dealing with alienation tell me they greatly appreciated learning from my experience.
Sadly, the system – social workers, lawyers, courts and judges, government departments – all exist to thwart you from protecting your children. There are exceptions, but that doesn’t change the rule. All those who should be helping you do the exact opposite.
I learned the hard way; it was emotionally brutal, and it still hurts. Yet it was worth every ounce of pain.
To protect my kids’ identity and not run afoul of something called The Child and Family Services Act, I have to blog and write under a pseudonym. Hence, here I am “Michael M. McConaughey.” In real life, I have a slightly different name.
This blog, as the name implies, is a reflection of life, and thus covers a variety of topics. It is also the home to my forthcoming book The Mirror, Book One – Welcome to the Evil Sisterhood. While I have come to terms with what was done to the kids and me, and have let go of anger and bitterness, I will not rest until the Matriarchy is brought down.