SPECIAL TOPIC Night - "Examining Institutional Abuse" with special co-host Dr Jill Jones-Soderman, a NAASCA family member and Exec. Dir. of the Foundation for Child Victims of Family Courts. ~~ TONIGHT'S TOPIC: "How to Get the Attention of the Court in Presenting Victim Evidence" - Our client, from Maryland, has endured domestic violence for many years. As the danger to her moved to her child and the signs of abuse began, she had no choice but to seek assistance of police and the courts. Once protective instincts towards children took precedence, claims of abuse were too often automatic and punitive. The current backlash against overly protective responses to children has been a cynical questioning of motives of those who come forth with complaints against a party engaged in family disputes. Our client presents an articulate and extremely thoughtful perspective on her experience. She also displays great compassion for her partner whose mental illness is the source of their problem. The black and white, intellectually ignorant position of the court is creating an adversarial position, mitigating against resolution. When interventions include something between education and mediation of interests what arguments will get the Judge's attention? ~~ NAASCA knows "institutional abuse" is rampant, worldwide, and dramatically effects childhood experience of our youth, frequently causing trauma that lasts a lifetime. Many issues of child abuse involve dealing with the courts and law enforcement, foster care, child protection services, CASA and CAC organizations, etc. Jill's experience with her Foundation for Child Victims of Family Courts and her US Whistleblower effort uniquely position her to speak to these issues.