Rochester Man, Abducted as a Child By His Mother, Advocates For Tougher Laws
By Seth VoorheesUpdated Tuesday, May 19, 2015
ALBANY, N.Y. — A Rochester man who suffered through parental abduction as a child was in Albany on Tuesday to fight for tougher laws that will prevent other children going through a similar trauma.Scott Berne is pushing for tougher legislation against parental abductions. “My mother did not serve one day of jail time for kidnapping me,” Berne said. “Thirty years ago, it’s the same law. It’s a slap on the wrist.””This is an issue with enormous long term consequences for children,” said Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, D-Yonkers.Berne joined and state Sen. Patty Ritchie, co-sponsors of the Custodial Interference/Recovery of Missing Children Act.”It really changes the dynamic pretty dramatically, and it puts us in a better position to protect kids when those laws are enhanced,” said Ed Suk, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.According to the Justice Department, 200,000 children are abducted by their parents each year in the U.S., but in New York state, it’s just a misdemeanor.”During those two years, we changed names constantly, didn’t go to school, had no friends, faced constant abuse from her,” Berne said.
My children are still too young to “get it”. They are still living in a delusional world, and believe that their mother actually cares for them. Well, nobody can’t be helped in a situation when emotions compete with truth and facts.
My and many other children will have to arrive to the truth on their own.
As far as I am concerned? I really don’t care what my children think any more.
As Eileen Clark finally had to face the music in US, the federal prosecutors decided to go easy on parental abductor. They let her plea guilty and …. sent her home, as if nothing of last 20 years actions had no meaning. Disgusting.
A piece of good news that happened 3 months ago, that I missed – an article from July of this year, about a mother who finally is facing justice in America for the act of parental abduction. It is another followup post to a story that I have already written about in the past.
Finally, Eileen Clark, the kidnapper of her own children, who was on the run for 20 was extradited to the US and is facing the musing in American Court in Albuquerque, where she faced federal charges related to international child abduction. She was handed over to US marshals at the Heathrow Airport on July 3rd and immediately flowed to the US for prosecution.
British government starts a media educational campaign to prevent international parental abductions, when the Polish officials sit on their hands, and do nothing.
Another example of a country where the government bureaucrats noticed a problem and decided to do something about it. They inform the public about the consequences of a child abduction: emotional, psychological and (yes) legal as well.
British government, after noticing a 100% increase of international child abductions from their country, started a media campaign. They created a short video, which found its way to Youtube.com
Today, was the day. A follow-up letter to a yet another, meaningless conversation with the Children Issues Department of the State Department representative, that I had a week or so ago. In a nutshell, I, the left-behind parent, was notified, that the case which was only officially “open”, was moved to another department for the next two years. The Hague Convention only covers children that have not reached the age of 16, so now they are off the hook… finally.
Knowing the law of the Convention by heart, it was not a surprise to me. What was, is the obtuse approach to the matter. Another new person in the department, telling me (without actually saying it) that “oh well… it’s been so long, that we really don’t see any way of helping your”. Pointing out the fact, that the United States government had given up on 2 US citizens much earlier in the past, was simply pointless at this point.
I am saddened , but not surprised, to hear that Polish court rejected yet another application under Hague Convention International law to return abducted children of [link id=’791′ text=”Steven Watkins”] to Poland by their mother. This pattern of blind Polish nationalism during international custody cases is a typical shameful occurrence.
Polish authorities fail to understand that child abductions are real crime. To this day, Poland does NOT recognize parental abductions as crimes. Pathetic regimes of many previous Polish governments for years promised to change this situation, yet nothing has changed. But they DO make really loud noises about visa free traveling to United States.