- To persist steadfastly in pursuit of an undertaking, task, journey or mission in spite of distraction, difficulty, obstacles or discouragement.
This week sucked.
I won’t sugar coat it.
I sat in court and listened as my X read a clearly rehearsed statement prepared by his family. I sat there with my chin held high as my X father-in-law chuckled under his breath while the judge addressed a photo of me that he had taped “as a joke”. It’s not a joke. None of this is a joke. It’s sickening. The judge bought his sales pitch. He didn’t address the fact that he was driving my children without a valid license and he downplayed the fact that my X hit my daughter. “Nothing to date warrants supervised visitation” was the answer that I received when I pushed to understand his ruling. Really? What DOES it take? Do I wait for my daughters to be harmed and then they will do something?
Today, I received another slap in the face. A bill from the attorney who was appointed by the court to represent my daughters. I am not angry with the attorney– he did his job. I am angry because he (the attorney) sat next to me in court and recommended the same thing I was asking for: supervised visitation. What was the point of an attorney who has witnessed first-hand what I am dealing with if the judge didn’t plan to listen to his advice?
The Susan Powell case has rocked me to my core. It’s my worst nightmare. A court and a system that was designed to protect two little children failed these little boys. I will never understand this tragedy. It was avoidable. The courts were supposed to act in the best interest of the children and they failed. They failed miserably.
I was knocked down but not for long. I am a survivor and I will fight for the safety of my children. Today, I will begin a letter writing campaign and I will bring attention to my case. I encourage you to do the same.
Write to your representatives and demand that the system starts doing what it was designed to do: protect our children.