Maya Tsimhoni Seeks To Hire Lawyer Who Links Parental Alienation with NAMBLA

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Maya Tsimhoni Seeks To Hire Lawyer Who Links Parental Alienation with North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA)

International media coverage has detailed the case of the Tsimhoni children, the Michigan kids who were “imprisoned” by a judge following their refusal to have a relationship with their father.  While media headlines screamed it was due to their refusal to have lunch, the reality – as media is starting to report – is that the mother has been on a campaign for many years to distance their children from their father. That was the consensus in the Michigan court room yesterday.

Years and years of court cases, many experts and the kids’ lawyers agree that the mother has created a terrible situation for the kids (whether the judge acted appropriately or not.).  Notably, the mother refused to take any responsibility for her role in this abuse in the courtroom yesterday.

Even after the children have been released from detention, it has emerged that Maya Tsimhoni desires to hire a lawyer for the children, Jennifer Hoult who “…links those who assert the validity of Parental Alienation with the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).”  While the father has joint custody of the children, the mother is attempting to hire a lawyer for the kids without his permission. Meanwhile, the three separate and independent kids’ lawyers in Michigan all believe the mother should not be with the children.

It appears that the mother of these children is engaging in parental alienation, what Wikipedia defines as “a group of behaviors that are damaging to children’s mental and emotional well-being, and can interfere with a relationship of a child and either parent. These behaviors most often accompany high conflict marriages, separation or divorce. These behaviors whether verbal or non-verbal, cause a child to be mentally manipulated or bullied into believing a loving parent is the cause of all their problems, and/or the enemy, to be feared, hated, disrespected and/or avoided.” Brazil and Mexico are among the many nations who regard parental alienation as a crime.

An op-ed published today in The Detroit Free Press, noted that the kids were transferred to a summary camp yesterday.  The judge scolded the mother for releasing the kids’ photos to the media, noting: “The children’s placement at Children’s Village was “not a punishment,” the judge insisted, but a desperate attempt to get through to youngsters “who are unable to understand their need for a healthy relationship with both their parents.”  “…the June 24 hearing was only the latest skirmish in a 5 1/2-year custody brawl that has generated a jaw-dropping 465 court filings, and it can be comprehended through only the widest-angle lens.”

It continued, “Like many of the other consultants who the court has engaged in the case, Lansat sees Eibschitz-Tsimhoni… as the author of a concerted campaign to sabotage her children’s relationship with their father…”

The story notes that multiple mental-health professionals, kids’ lawyers and more noted that the mother had endangered the children’s interests.  In an impassioned address to the court at Friday’s emergency hearing, the lawyer for the children said that the judge “…should find another placement for the children, but defended the court’s decision to separate them from their mother. They cannot go back to the mother.

As The Detroit Free Press continued “Few would have objected, and many professionals close to the case would have no doubt applauded, if Gorcyca had sent Eibschitz-Tsimhoni to jail for contempt of court. There is ample precedent for holding a custodial parent accountable in such circumstances. But even if their mother had taken the fall, the children might have had to be placed in foster care; their father’s overseas posting, and the children’s continuing reluctance to see him, raised serious practical obstacles.”

The mother – who has been described as abusive – “…turned the Tsimhoni custody battle into a prisoner’s rights case. Eibschitz-Tsimhoni and her attorney seized the opening to write a new narrative, casting the trial judge as the villain and the mother as their blameless defender.”

This case indicates with the hiring of Ms. Hoult that Ms. Maya Tsimhoni may seek to bring this to federal courts, and seek to show that parental alienation does not exist.

What many media pundits fail to note is that every single person who has seen the kids – as well as the judge have said, “She dismissed Eibschitz-Tsimhoni’s allegations that her ex-husband had threatened his children, insisting that in 51/2 years, she had seen “no credible evidence that the father has ever done anything to harm them.”

The mother of these children is described as harming them – and apparently this may continue with the hiring of a lawyer who links parental alienation with NAMBLA.

As The NY Observer reported, Hoult claims to be the lawyer for the kids.  The father’s attorney noted “Ms. Hoult has never spoken with my client. My client is the joint legal custodian of the parties’ three minor children and he has never consented to her legal representation. Moreover, his consent is required under Michigan law for such representation to be allowed.”

Ms. Hoult has claimed that there’s no such thing as parental alienation – she’s also linked “…those who assert the validity of Parental Alienation with the North American Man-Boy Love Association, referencing NAMBLA in the article 18 separate times.” Apparently, the saga of the Tsimhoni children will continue – and Everything PR will continue to examine the case from a Public Relations perspective.

 

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Comments

  1. ora says

    jennifer hoult writes a very logical, stringent, well documented justification why “PAS” (or PAD as it was later called) cannot be used in court, since it does not meet standards of credibility and falsibilty.

    It is very telling that problems like children’s civil rights are not discussed in your blog post.

    PAD is inherently self-contradictory since it claims that children needs both parents and then goes on to remove children from the parent they are bonded to, prohibit all contact, denigrate this parent. PAD treatment does exactly what it accuses the bonded parent of doing.

    When a definition starts with “PAD is the conscious or unconscious alienation….” you know you cannot use it in court, since those would be two completely different cases that cannot be conflagrated.

  2. Pat R says

    This whole case is text book Gardner 1998b pg 445, The pedophile loving Dr. States how a judge should terrorize kid, then incarcerate them. Then he mentions the good old days when they beat kids with a strap. I can’t believe people would read his trash, never mind believe it.

  3. Deborah Cook says

    PA is one thing, PAS is another. Most (including APA) reject PAS. Few doubt that alienation does occur – on both sides. PAS (an alleged “syndrome”), on the other hand, has been turned into a legal strategy most often used against abuse accusations, more often than not, women. There are many lawyers, organizations, etc.offering this strategy to clients. Few, offer a defense against it. In this case, the strategy also comes with a PR assault and is out there for all to see — that is, all who are willing to take the time to look.

  4. Malinda Sherwyn says

    There is never a public discussion of why the father was seeing his children under monitored visitation in the first place… Why is that? Why did the father remain out of the country while his children were being taught a lesson by a superior court judge…jailed for not wanting to be with him, jailed because they were speaking up and defending a woman who is in all likelihood a domestic violence victim?… As court watchers and child advocates we are fed up with Superior Court Judges automatic suspicion of children who claim abuse in a family law or dependency court context. Please consider the few cases that started out in similar ways, I cite below:

    Charlie and Braden Powell disclosed that “Mommy was in the trunk of Daddy’s car,” the night their mother, Susan went missing… But, Judge Katherine Nelson, thought it was ok for those boys to visit their father Josh Powell (suspected of murdering their mother) with a female visitation monitor, against the grave warnings of Charlie and Braden’s grandparents. Father, Josh Powell… at the last court ordered monitored visitation,slammed the door in the female monitor’s face, hacked his boys in the head with a blade and blew up the house with the court appointed monitor, screaming helplessly on the street.

    Juana Holzer warned Judge Thomas Anderle of Santa Barbara, CA that her ex husband Nicolas Holzer was violent with her and her boys. She stated that Nicolas Holzer had raped her and her and molested her boys Sebastian and Vincent. Juana feared for the safety of her boys as a result, Juana lost custody of her boys to Nicholas, her violent husband. This frightened mother reached out to CASA, child abuse advocates in Santa Barbara, Catholic Charities, and to a Therapy Center with no results or support. A court appointed evaluator Dr. Gary Rick did not believe Juana..or heed her warnings about her violent ex husband and found and reported to Judge Anderle that Nicolas Holzer was the better parent..and Juana was a paternal “alienator.” Juana was placed on supervised visitation, she was ordered under guard to see her sons…a service she could not afford. The court and it’s appointees destroyed her relationship with with her sons! In August of 2014 Nicolas Holzer murdered his own parents, his sons. He knifed them to death while they slept… not even the family dog survived Nicolas Holzer, he butchered the beloved Australian shepard. All parties to the case were against the mother from the very beginning of the case.

    In the case of little Layla Saaman Fey, her mother Maria Fey warned Judge O’Brian that her daughter was in danger in the hands of the father…O’Brian allowed the father to act out, and would not enforce his own visitation orders.. as Maria pleaded for protection of her daughter. During his visitation with Layla the father poisoned and shot to death their two year old daughter and then turned the gun on himself! Again a mother not heard in a Superior Court.. loses her child at the hand of an abuser.

    Domestic violence victim Katie Tagle pleaded with Judge Lemkau to place her ex Stephen Garcia on monitored visitation with their 9 month old baby Wyatt. Katie told the judge that Garcia was threatening her with the death of their baby. She was terrified and had texts from Garcia telling her of his plans to kill Wyatt. Lemkau said he thought Katie was lying…and gave Garcia unmonitored visitation with their child. The father invoked parental alienation a piece of junk science that abusers hide behind.… The next hearing Katie came to court in her mourning garb. She held an 11 1/2 x 15’ photo of baby Wyatt and cried before the judge..she was not lying. Stephen Garcia with the permission of Judge Lemkau and against Katie’s warnings and pleadings for protection, took Wyatt to a lake in San Bernardino Co, CA and shot Wyatt through the chest with a 9 millimeter. Garcia then turned the gun on himself.

    Just week police fished a 7 month old out of the Connecticut River: According to court documents, Aaden’s mother, Adrianna Oyola, 19, applied for a restraining order against Moreno on June 17 because she feared for her and her child’s safety, but the judge denied issuing a permanent restraining order.”

    Question: How many deaths of American children and their mothers will the citizens of this country tolerate, by order of heartless, thoughtless Superior Court Judges like Lisa Gorcycas? Her order is outrageous and it gives the go ahead to a potentially dangerous man who the children report is a domestic violence perpetrator. She should return those children to their mother and make sure they are safe…or she is not fit to serve on the bench. But she won’t because the climate, culture and the maxim of courts is: REPORT ABUSE LOSE CUSTODY…. In this case the children are reporting abuse of their mother… In this system they will soon be motherless children as their mother is destroyed and demonized. Hope they survive what’s to come.. RIP Nicole Brown Simpson.

  5. Cindy Dumas says

    We should not get lost in the debate about whether Parental Alienation exists or not. Although it was supposedly legitimized enough to use in court by the pedophile supporter Richard Gardner, the concept of a parent turning kids away from the other parent has been around forever. The point is that Parental Alienation is being used wrongly and almost exclusively to shift blame to mothers who report abuse by fathers (especially sexual abuse). There are countless thousands of these cases that fit the pattern. Court appointed officials are appointed who agree to go along with this so the fact that the officials in the Tsimhoni case did means nothing. There were over 30 officials in my son’s case who helped cover up his abuse and switch custody to the father. At first they didn’t use PA on me because my middle son was the one who reported the abuse on his younger brother but they eventually started using it against me because it is just such a handy way for them to silence us. The public needs to know there is an agenda in family court to disregard abuse by fathers, silence mothers and children and give the father custody. My kids were tortured into going along with acting like their father was a good guy and that is what is happening with the Tsimhoni kids. The stronger they are the more likely they will end up in a lock-down camp where torturous methods are used to get them to comply. My heart aches for these kids and their mom. Safe Kids International on FB is exposing this horrible epidemic.

    • Tammy says

      All the lawyers, consultants, and guardian at litem were chosen by the judge, who has a very obvious bias towards the judge. I’m sure the judge was careful to make sure they are all strong supporters of PAS, so it’s only fair that the kids have someone with an anti-PAS perspective as well.

      It should be pointed out that PAS is not recognized as a true problem by most members of the psychiatric communit, so the judge must have hand-picked consultants from the small pool of those who do.

      By the way, the judge herself is a stepmother who fell in love with a married man with young kids, who divorced his wife to marry the judge. I bet that was probably a nasty divorce. That’s probably the reason for her obvious bias.

      • David B says

        Parental Alienation is almost uniformly accepted by the psychological and legal community.

        In a survey taken at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ annual (2014) conference reported 98% agreement “in support of the basic tenet of parental alienation: children can be manipulated by one parent to reject the other parent who does not deserve to be rejected.”

        The argument is over terminology, etc.

        Your other accusations that the judge stacked the deck, and your reference to the judge’s divorce, which you say “was probably a nasty divorce,” are speculations that you have pulled out of thin air, and they undermine your credibility.

    • David B says

      Do you have data to support that, “Alienation is being used wrongly and almost exclusively to shift blame to mothers who report abuse by fathers (especially sexual abuse)”?

      Even Gardner, in 1998 noted that in his experience the ratio had shifted to 60/40 mother/father, secondary to a shift toward shared parenting. In other words, it used to be almost exclusively mothers, only because mothers were almost exclusively primary custodians. Experts in Parental Alienation now say the ratio is even closer to 50/50. It’s not a gender issue. It really isn’t.

      Although there is a lot of controversy over terminology, the concept of Parental Alienation is almost universally acknowledged by professionals in the trenches. In a survey of 300 medical and legal professionals, 98% agreed with the core tenet of Parental Alienation, which is that kids are sometimes manipulated by one parent to unjustifiably reject the other parent.

      Google “Judge expresses frustration over Parental Alienation.” Google “Craig Childress, PhD.” Google “Amy JL Baker, PhD,” and read her article on the long-term consequences of Parental Alienation. I hope you will open your eyes. Over 100,00 children are currently being damaged by Parental Alienation.

  6. Catherine says

    Reminds me of Ireland and the use of PAS and THREAT THERAPY on the children who refused to see their abusive father. When the threat therapy failed ELECTIC SHOCK and mental home for the children was proposed . Meanwhile the abuser moved onto next child victim and no child protection agent bothered. It was all about father having the power and control over his possessions – chattels- children.

  7. says

    Before you embrace “parental alienation syndrome” and it’s offspring, do some research on what Richard Gardner, its creator, said publicly.

    http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/pas/RAG.html

    Overview of Dr. Richard Gardner’s Opinions

    on

    Pedophilia and Child Sexual Abuse

    Richard A. Gardner, M.D., is the creator of the creator and main proponent for Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) theory. Prior to his suicide, Gardner was an unpaid part-time clinical professor of child psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University . He made his money mainly as a forensic expert.

    PAS was developed by Dr Richard Gardner in 1985 based on his personal observations and work as an expert witness, often on behalf of fathers accused of molesting their children. Gardner asserted that PAS is very common and he saw manifestations of this syndrome in over 90% of the custody conflicts he evaluated–even when abuse allegations are not raised (Gardner, 1987, p. 67).1 Gardner (September 6, 1993) claimed that PAS is “a disorder of children, arising almost exclusively in child-custody disputes, in which one parent (usually the mother) programs the child to hate the other parent (usually the father).”2

    Gardner ‘s theory of PAS has had a profound effect on how the court systems in our country handle allegations of child sexual abuse, especially during divorce. Gardner has authored more than 250 books and articles with advice directed towards mental health professionals, the legal community, divorcing adults and their children. Gardner ‘s private publishing company, Creative Therapeutics, published his many books, cassettes, and videotapes.3 Information available on Gardner ‘s website indicates that he has been certified to testify as an expert in approximately 400 cases, both criminal and civil, in more than 25 states.4 Gardner ‘s work continues to serve as a basis for decisions affecting the welfare of children in courtrooms across the nation. He is considered a leading authority in family courts and has even been described as the “guru” of child custody evaluations.4

    Because Gardner ‘s PAS theory is based on his clinical observations–not scientific data–it must be understood in the context of his extreme views concerning women, pedophilia and child sexual abuse.

    Gardner on pedophilia

    The vast majority (“probably over 95%”) of all sex abuse allegations are valid.

    Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics (pp. 7, 140).

    “There is a bit of pedophilia in every one of us.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 118)

    “Pedophilia has been considered the norm by the vast majority of individuals in the history of the world.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 592-3)

    Similarly, “intrafamilial pedophilia (that is, incest) is widespread and … is probably an ancient tradition”

    Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 119)

    “It is because our society overreacts to it [pedophilia] that children suffer.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (pp. 594-5)

    Pedophilia may enhance the survival of the human species by serving “procreative purposes.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (pp. 24-5)

    Pedophilia “is a widespread and accepted practice among literally billions of people.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1986). Child Custody Litigation: A Guide for Parents and Mental Health Professionals . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics, (p. 93)

    In addition, Gardner proposes that many different types of human sexual behavior, including pedophilia, sexual sadism, necrophilia (sex with corpses), zoophilia (sex with animals), coprophilia (sex involving defecation), can be seen as having species survival value and thus do “not warrant being excluded from the list of the `so-called natural forms of human sexual behavior.'”

    See, Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (pp. 18-32)

    Gardner on the sexual aggressiveness of children

    Gardner suggests that children want to have sex with adults and may seduce them.

    Some children experience ” high sexual urges in early infancy. ” “There is good reason to believe that most, if not all, children have the capacity to reach orgasm at the time they are born.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 15)

    Children are naturally sexual and may initiate sexual encounters by “seducing” the adult .

    Gardner, R.A. (1986). Child Custody Litigation: A Guide for Parents and Mental Health Professionals. Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics (p. 93).

    If the sexual relationship is discovered, ” the child is likely to fabricate so that the adult will be blamed for the initiation .”

    Gardner, R.A. (1986). Child Custody Litigation: A Guide for Parents and Mental Health Professionals. Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics (p. 93).

    “The normal child exhibits a wide variety of sexual fantasies and behaviors, many of which would be labeled as ‘sick’ or ‘perverted’ if exhibited by adults”

    Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 12)

    Sex abuse is not necessarily traumatic; the determinant as to whether sexual molestation will be traumatic to the child, is the social attitude toward these encounters.

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (pp. 670-71)

    Gardner on therapy with children who are sexually abused by their father

    • Keep the child connected to the abuser

    Special care should be taken not alienate the child from the molesting parent. The removal of a pedophilic parent from the home “should only be seriously considered after all attempts at treatment of the pedophilia and rapprochement with the family have proven futile.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics.(p. 537)

    The child should be told that there is no such thing as a perfect parent. “The sexual exploitation has to be put on the negative list, but positives as well must be appreciated”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics.(p. 572)

    • Tell the child that sexual abuse by a father is normal

    Older children may be helped to appreciate that sexual encounters between an adult and a child are not universally considered to be reprehensible acts. The child might be told about other societies in which such behavior was and is considered normal. The child might be helped to appreciate the wisdom of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, who said, “Nothing’s either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics.(p. 549)

    “In such discussions the child has to be helped to appreciate that we have in our society an exaggeratedly punitive and moralistic attitude about adult-child sexual encounters”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics.(p. 572).

    Gardner on mothers who discover that their husband is sexually abusing their child

    Gardner blames the father’s abuse on the mother, who he faults for not fulfilling her husband sexually. He suggests that therapists should help mother’s of incest victims achieve sexual gratification.

    • Discourage litigation.

    • Encourage her to stay with her husband (the abuser)

    • Blame her and the daughter for the sexual abuse by the father

    “It may be that one of the reasons the daughter turned toward the father is the impairment of the child’s relationship with the mother” (pp. 579-80)

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 585)

    • Help her get over her anger at her husband for sexually abusing their child.

    “If the mother has reacted to the abuse in a hysterical fashion, or used it as an excuse for a campaign of denigration of the father, then the therapist does well to try and “sober her up”…. Her hysterics … will contribute to the child’s feeling that a heinous crime has been committed and will thereby lessen the likelihood of any kind of rapproachment with the father. One has to do everything possible to help her put the “crime” in proper perspective. She has to be helped to appreciate that in most societies in the history of the world, such behavior was ubiquitous [i.e., everywhere], and this is still the case.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (pp. 576-7)

    “Perhaps she can be helped to appreciate that in the history of the world his behavior has probably been more common than the restrained behavior of those who do not sexually abuse their children.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (pp. 585)

    • Encourage her to become more sexually responsive to her husband.

    “Her increased sexuality may lessen the need for her husband to return to their daughter for sexual gratification.”

    “Verbal statements about the pleasures of orgastic response are not likely to prove very useful. One has to encourage experiences, under proper situations of relaxation, which will enable her to achieve the goal of orgastic response.”

    “One must try to overcome any inhibition she may have with regard to [the use of vibrators].”

    “Her own diminished guilt over masturbation will make it easier for her to encourage the practice in her daughter, if this is warranted. And her increased sexuality may lessen the need for her husband to return to their daughter for sexual gratification.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 585)

    Gardner on fathers who sexually abuse their children

    • Tell him what he did his normal

    “He has to be helped to appreciate that, even today, it [pedophilia] is a widespread and accepted practice among literally billions of people. He has to appreciate that in our Western society especially, we take a very punitive and moralistic attitude toward such inclinations. He has had a certain amount of back (sic) luck with regard to the place and time he was born with regard to social attitudes toward pedophilia.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 593)

    He has had bad luck with regard to the place and time he was born with regard to social attitudes toward pedophilia. However, these are not reasons to condemn himself.

    Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 119)

    • Keep him in the home

    The removal of a pedophilic parent from the home “should only be seriously considered after all attempts at treatment of the pedophilia and rapprochement with the family have proven futile”

    Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 119)

    • Help him protect himself

    “He must learn to control himself if he is to protect himself from the Draconian punishments meted out to those in our society who act out their pedophilic impulses.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill , NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (pp. 585-592)

    • Help him forget about it

    Therapy with the father should not be spent focusing on the primary problem (I.e., sexual molestation). Instead, therapy should be spent “talking about other things” as the goal of therapy is “to help people forget about their problems”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (pp. 585-592)

    Gardner on how society should respond to the widespread victimization of children

    Take a more sympathetic view toward pedophilia

    “One of the steps that society must take to deal with the present hysteria is to ‘come off it’ and take a more realistic attitude toward pedophilic behavior.” (p. 120)

    “The Draconian punishments meted out to pedophiles .go far beyond what I consider to be the gravity of the crime.” (p. 118)

    Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited. Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics.

    Abolish mandated reporting of child sexual abuse.
    Do away with immunity for reporters of child abuse.
    Create federally-funded programs to assist those claiming to have been falsely accused of child sexual abuse.
    Gardner, R.A. (1995). Written testimony on HR3588 – Proposed revision of the child abuse prevention and treatment act (CAPTA) (Public Law 93-247).

    • Keep pedophiles in the community

    The removal of a pedophilic parent from the home “should only be seriously considered after all attempts at treatment of the pedophilia and rapproachment with the family have proven futile”

    Pedophiles who abuse children outside of the home should first be given the opportunity for community treatment. “If that fails then and only then should some kind of forced incarceration be considered”

    Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 119)

    Gardner on Child abuse hysteria

    Child abuse allegations are the “third-greatest wave of hysteria” the nation has seen, following the Salem witch trials and the McCarthyite persecution of leftists.

    Gardner, R.A. (1993, February 22). Modern witch hunt–child abuse charges. The Wall Street Journal, p. A10.

    “We are currently living in dangerous times, similar to Nazi Germany. Sexual abuse hysteria is omnipresent.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. xxv)

    Who is to Blame for “Child Abuse Hysteria”?

    • People who voice negative feelings against pedophiles

    “During their harangues against the ‘perverts’ who are the objects of their scorn, they often rise to a level of excitation that can readily be seen as sexual. . . . Psychological, such individuals are ever fighting to repress their own unacceptable pedophilic impulses, which are continually pressing for release.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics (pp. 30-31).

    • The legal system – including judges

    “There is no question that abuse cases are “turn ons” for the wide variety of individuals involved in them, the accuser(s), the prosecutors, the lawyers, the judges , the evaluators, the psychologists, the reporters, the readers of the newspapers, and everyone else involved – except for the falsely accused and the innocent victim .. Everyone is getting their ‘jollies, .”

    Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 31).

    “Judges . too may have repressed pedophilic impulses over which there is suppression, repression, and guilt. Inquiry into the details of the case provides voyeuristic and vicarious gratifications .. Incarcerating the alleged perpetrator may serve psychologically to obliterate the judge’s own projected pedophilic impulses.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 107)

    • Sexually inhibited mothers

    “The mother . is . psychologically gratifying [her own sexually inhibited needs] with the visual imagery that the sex abuse allegation provides.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics (pp. 36-37).

    • Greedy parents

    “Many are victims of their greed, which is so enormous that they blind themselves to the psychological traumas they are subjecting their children to in the service of winning lawsuits that promise them enormous wealth.”

    Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics (p 43).

    • Judeo-Christian principles

    “It is of interest that of all the ancient peoples it may very well be that the Jews were the only ones who were punitive toward pedophiles.. Our present overreaction to pedophilia represents an exaggeration of Judeo-Christian principles and is a significant factor operative in Western society’s atypicality with regard to such activities

    Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (pp. 46-7).

    For more information see:

    Dallam, S. J. (1998). Dr. Richard Gardner: A review of his theories and opinions on atypical sexuality, pedophilia, and treatment issues. Treating Abuse Today , 8(1), 15-23.

    1.Gardner, R. A. (1987).The parental alienation syndrome and the differentiation between fabricated and genuine child sex abuse . Creskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics.

    2.Gardner, R.A. (1993, September 6) Dr. Gardner defends work on sex abuse. National Law Journal, p. 16.

    3.Sherman, Rorie. (1993, August 16) Gardner ‘s Law: “A Controversial Psychiatrist and Influential Witness Leads the Backlash against Child Sex Abuse ‘Hysteria.'” The National Law Journal , pp. 1, 45-46.

    4. See Gardner ‘s CV on his website (available at http://www.rgardner.com/pages/cvqual.html). See also: People v. Fortin, 706 N.Y.S.2d 611, 612 (Crim. Ct. 2000). Fortin was a criminal sex abuse case in which Dr. Gardner offered to testify on behalf of the accused molester concerning PAS and the credibility of the complaining witness. The court refused to permit his testimony because of a failure to establish general acceptance of PAS within the professional community.)

    5. Quinn, K.M. (1991). Family evaluation in child custody mediation, arbitration, and litigation (Book Review). Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law , 19(1), 101-02.

    • Idelle Clarke says

      Great synopsis of Gardner Eileen. I have old NBC footage of his crazy self buried among the files. I think exposing his writings is helpful to explain how irrational and negligent family law courts have acted.

    • David B says

      Although Gardner is the one who coined the term “PAS,” the concept of Parental Alienation was described long before Gardner, and has been described by numerous psychologists since. They are not one and the same. I agree that Gardner said a number of asinine things about pedophilia, and I think his construct for Parental Alienation is not the best. I’d refer you to the writings of Craig Childress, PhD, whose model for Parental Alienation (he prefers the term “pathogenic parenting”) incorporates well-established psychological principles, rather than creating a new “syndrome.”

      • ora says

        Childress is not better than gardner. He advocates forceful removal of children from bonded parent, and extortion that children will not see bonded parent again if they go on rejecting rejected parent. this is clearly a violation of children’s civil rights.

    • Pat R says

      Gardner 1998 pg 445. Described this case. Scare the kids, take tour of detention center. Use contempt of court. He did say one day not 6 weeks. Send kids to expensive deprograming center. Sick!

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