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Walk For Parental Alienation Awareness - An SPCC Event
Sat, April 29, 2017, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
What is Parental Alienation?
Parental alienation is the process, and the result, of the psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent and/or other family members. It is a distinctive and widespread form of psychological abuse and family violence—towards both the child and the rejected family members—that occurs almost exclusively in association with family separation or divorce (particularly where legal action is involved) and that undermines core principles of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Most commonly, the primary cause is a parent wishing to exclude another parent from the life of their child, but other family members or friends, as well as professionals involved with the family (including psychologists, lawyers and judges), may contribute significantly to the process. It often leads to the long-term, or even permanent, estrangement of a child from one parent and other family members and, as a particularly adverse childhood experience, results in significantly increased risks of both mental and physical illness for children.
What effects does Parental Alienation have on children?
There is now scholarly consensus that severe alienation is abusive to children (Fidler and Bala, 2010), and it is a largely overlooked form of child abuse (Bernet et al, 2010), as child welfare and divorce practitioners are often unaware of or minimize its extent. As reported by adult children of divorce, the tactics of alienating parents are tantamount to extreme psychological maltreatment of children, including spurning, terrorizing, isolating, corrupting or exploiting, and denying emotional responsiveness (Baker, 2010). For the child, parental alienation is a serious mental condition, based on a false belief that the alienated parent is a dangerous and unworthy parent. The severe effects of parental alienation on children are well-documented; low self esteem and self-hatred, lack of trust, depression, and substance abuse and other forms of addiction are widespread, as children lose the capacity to give and accept love from a parent. Self-hatred is particularly disturbing among affected children, as children internalize the hatred targeted toward the alienated parent, are led to believe that the alienated parent did not love or want them, and experience severe guilt related to betraying the alienated parent. Their depression is rooted is feelings of being unloved by one of their parents, and from separation from that parent, while being denied the opportunity to mourn the loss of the parent, or to even talk about the parent. Alienated children typically have conflicted or distant relationships with the alienating parent also, and are at high risk of becoming alienated from their own children; Baker reports that fully half of the respondents in her study of adult children who had experienced alienation as children were alienated from their own children.
What is the event, and how will it spread awareness about PAS?
April 25th is Parental Alienation Awareness Day, and we will be hosting a walk through New York City to spread awareness and offer resources to those in need. This event will be a "Every Body Is Art" event where models will be artistically painted before walking in order to spread awareness.
If you are a survivor, victim, parent or friend of someone who is currently going through, or has gone through Parental Alienation, you may be interested in joining this very important event to spread awareness. This is a subject which has been neglected and overseen by the court system, unfortunately allowing children to die slowly in silence.
The purpose of this event is to create awareness and spread the knowledge of the terrible impact evil divorce and parental alienation has on children, families and friends.
We will be incorporating many different art forms in to this event, and all artists, models, and photographers are welcome to join, as well as anyone who is interested in learning more about PAS.