Monthly Archives: March 2013

Grief

http://www.examiner.com/article/grief-3

There’s only one matter I can write about today: the life and death of my brother Alex Slepoy. He was so complex, understanding, brilliant, humble, generous, an amazing teacher. Alex was a wonderful father to his children, a talented physicist, a person who was loved by many. He suffered a lot at the end. I wish I could have saved him.

Grief is a painful emotion, but there are times when it is worse than others, when someone dies prematurely and leaves behind a family, people who need to go on.

Human nature is so complex, and in line with the topic of human development, one thing comes to mind at this time of pain – we human beings know very little about life and death.

Dutch attorney receives Children’s Humanitarian Award

http://www.examiner.com/article/dutch-attorney-receives-children-s-humanitarian-award

No Way Out But One
Garland Waller Productions

The Dutch government and a prominent Dutch attorney received a humanitarian award yesterday at George Washington University Law School for helping the American Holly Collins and her children receive asylum in Holland twenty years ago as they escaped from an abusive husband and father from whom the American government failed to protect them.

These efforts and the story of this family’s saga involving domestic violence are documented in the film No Way Out But One. Holly Collins became the first American woman granted asylum by the government of the Netherlands.

Els Lucas is the Dutch attorney who helped Holly prove the violence from which she and her children suffered and the U.S. government’s refusal to safeguard them. In fact, it was the United States government from which Holly needed protection because in 1994 the FBI had turned her into a fugitive for having to run from the orders of an American family court which endangered her children.

This brief synopsis of the film No Way Out But One from the Stanford University Law School’s Center for Internet and Society is very descriptive.

When other countries are forced to provide asylum to United States citizens to protect them from our laws and their implementation, shouldn’t that give us cause for reflection? Shouldn’t we in the United States, our legislators, and those working on writing and influencing our family law rules, laws, and procedures recognize that something is wrong and requires change?

Texas couple kept daughter locked in cage for 6 years without food

http://www.examiner.com/article/texas-couple-kept-daughter-locked-cage-for-6-years-without-food

Brian and Shannon Gore guilty of child abuse for keeping daughter locked in cage
Huffington Post

A Texas couple, Brian and Shannon Gore, have pled guilty to child abuse after being found to have kept their own daughter locked in a cage for 6 years. Sentencing is scheduled for June 10.

The police arrested the Gores in May 2011 after finding the girl in a cage made of an upside down crib held down by objects, starving, naked, covered in her own waste, and weighing under 16 pounds at age 6.

Officers also found an infant in the home who appeared unharmed and the dead body of another child which was so decomposed that it was unrecognizable.

Take a look at this Huffington Post article which provides more gruesome details on this story.

Authorities have placed this girl with another family but believe she may never be able to have a normal life due to the trauma she has undergone.