Thursday, September 25, 2008Child
Abuse Professionals rally around Holly Ann Collins
The Leadership Council published a great article by Dr. Joyanna Silberg. This article gives the history of the case, for those of you that have not been following it. Tells what happened when Holly Ann Collins returned to the US this week for court, and discusses the evidence that shows domestic violence and child abuse were a factor in this all along.
In a Hennepin County, Minnesota court house Tuesday, Holly Ann Collins pled guilty to contempt of court and accepted 40 hours of community service. The more serious charges of kidnapping and custody interference that could have resulted in a long prison sentence were dismissed.
Holly Ann Collins acknowledged in an interview that she indeed had contempt for the court that ordered her children into a life of abuse.
As the story of those 14 years has unfolded, Holly Ann Collins who left in secret as an outlaw is being welcomed back by domestic violence professionals and child abuse experts as a heroic woman who valued her children's safety above all else.
To read the full article: The Leadership Council - Press Release
We are all very pleased with the outcome of this particular case. However, there is no reason that a mother should have to leave this country to protect her children from abuse. The justice system failed these children and their mother and are still doing so to others.
Comments: Anonymous said...There is something seriously wrong in this country when a woman has to flee her homeland to protect her children. The courts need to start looking at the evidence of abuse, follow laws that are in place and start punishing men for beating and raping their wives and children