Wednesday

Update on Monica's Law: "I'd Like to See More Children Safe, Their Mothers Safe"

UPDATED! 18:50

This is my fourth post regarding Monica Paul--a mother that was killed in a New Jersey YMCA last summer by her children's father.

Why did this happen?

Because he had access [to her and the children] through the guise of child visitation-- even though there was a history of violence, including a restraining order.

Kinda sounds like the very recent Amy Leichtenberg story.

Is anyone listening now?

Please read the updated petition (and sign it!) as there have been some very important changes to it. I am very impressed with the new wording as my readers and I had some concerns about it previously having a clause about psychologists (and we know about those "Whores of the Court" and how they contribute to placing children at risk.) that made us very nervous.

(emphasis mine)
2) Pursuant to a restraining order visitation rights of the father will only be reinstituted after the father has successfully undergone Risk Assessment by a public official trained in domestic violence.
a) A risk assessment would have most likely revealed Mr. Duckett’s mental state, showing that he was indeed a threat to Ms. Paul.

b) It is important that this evaluation is completed by a public official trained in domestic violence because they are better equipped to identify and assess any risks
From the Montclair Times today:

Giblin: I want Monica's Law fast-tracked for 2009

(by Terrence T. McDonald - April 01, 2009)

Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin announced this past Tuesday night that he has asked a state legislative committee to fast-track Monica’s Law, which would limit visitation rights for fathers accused of domestic violence.

The proposed legislation is named after the late Montclair resident Monica Paul, who was slain last June inside the Helen & Bill Geyer YMCA Family Center on Glenridge Avenue.

Paul’s death was a "tragic loss for Montclair," and it has made Giblin more aware of domestic violence cases, he said during a community meeting this past Tuesday evening hosted by 4th Ward Councilwoman Renée Baskerville.

"It just seems to jump out at me a bit more than it used to," said Giblin, a Montclair resident.

Monica’s Law would give a mother the right to withhold visitation rights from the father of her children if there are documented instances of domestic violence, such as hospital or police reports. Visitation rights would be reinstated after the father undergoes risk assessment analysis.

The law would also mandate a three- to five-year prison sentence for restraining order violations. Currently, offenders receive up to 18 months in prison for violating restraining orders.

Paul obtained a restraining order against Kenneth A. Duckett, her ex-husband and the suspect in her homicide, in October 2007, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Giblin has requested Assemblywoman Linda R. Greenstein, Democrat of Middlesex and Mercer counties and chair of the state Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, to give Monica’s Law priority over other legislation reviewed by the committee. Some form of the law will hopefully pass through the Legislature by the end of 2009, he said.

"We want to bounce it off the appropriate agencies" to test its Constitutionality, Giblin told The Times.

Joanne Paul, the victim’s mother, received a standing ovation after she discussed Monica’s Law during Baskerville’s meeting. When there are documented cases of domestic violence, fathers should be more seriously watched, Paul said.

"I’d like to see more children safe, their mothers safe," she said.

Dressed in an electric blue shirt pinned with a button featuring a picture of her late daughter, Paul was emotional but steady as she spoke to the crowd assembled in the second floor of the Montclair Fire Department Headquarters on Pine Street.

Her daughter’s loss has created a void, but the Paul family is pressing on, she said.

"I plan not to tire of this," Paul vowed. "This is my mission."

Contact Terrence T. McDonald at [email protected]



As a additional note, I received very un-nice comments to my blog after my last post--one of which I will copy below, so we know who we're up against:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Monica's Law is Past Due":

I find your article reprehensible as it paints all fathers as abusers, murderers and pedophiles. Such broad stroke anecdotal statements create backlashes that wind up hurting your cause.

Women are as abusive and cause more murders of children than men. This can be evidenced by reports from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Third National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-3) report showing that mothers are responsible for almost 60% of all child killings in the United States, followed by paramours/boyfriends, related family members, and then fathers at 19%.

Before you spout your "knee-jerk" unprovable statements, you need to get a grip and look at the big picture.

Bruce Eden, Civil Rights Director
DADS (Dads Against Discrimination)--New Jersey & New York

What the hell is he talking about?

I have so many things I could say...

His major claim in his rant is easily refutable.

Father's supremacists always come to my site and decide for me what is going to "hurt my cause." Wow. I'm so pleased that they are concerned.

And last, what is all this framing of father's rights and civil rights? It is a great disguise at best. Monica Paul was a beautiful Black woman and here we have this Bruce, and other "father's rights" people talking about civil rights...and using Black families men to further their propaganda.

Why don't you check out the stats on partner violence in the Black community before spewing your hatred to survivors on my site? And I'm warning Black families, in particular, but not exclusively, that we're on to you and your tactics.

More to come on father's rights exploiting the Black community...

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