I feel slightly sick to my stomach right now. Not because I ate something but because I watched a report on TV about children. Children and there rights. Or better the lack of them. Here is the thing: In Australia children have what you call the right to grow up with both parents. And I think it’s a good thing in a normal divorce case. In the case that was just discussed though, things are slightly different.
It’s a domestic violence case. When the child was 18 months old the guy snapped more than normal and after beating his wife again he tied her up on a chair and threatened her to kill the child. Rape and other physical abuse followed. Long story short, she found the courage to get police involved and he was then sentenced to 5 year of prison (what in itself is a joke). Before he was sentenced though, during the time the court heard his case, he had the right to see his child. Ridiculous, don’t you think?
Anyway. The guy is out now and guess what? The poor woman now has to take her child to go see him every second week. By law. If she doesn’t show up, she breaks the law and will end up punished. What the hell? Honestly, what idiot can decide something stupid like this without even considering that it might end up as a death sentence for her and for her child?
It was one of the cases brought up by Rosie Batty, an advocate for women who suffered domestic violence in Australia and also for all the children, who are frankly left behind by the law. Because there is simply a lack of a law that allows children to stay away from an abusive parent, from what I understand. Rosie Batty is a victim as well and lost her 11 year old son to her abusive ex partner. The case back then made big waves. But nothing really changed in the two year since.
Kids should never be alone! Victims of domestic violence, mothers, children, fathers, should never be alone! Not here in Australia! Not anywhere else! If you don’t do it for the women, then at least put your hand up for the children!