Sergeant Major Brian K. Jackson, USMC (Ret), advocates for Mothers of Lost Children
“As I watch the news today, I see all sorts of other cases pretty similar to Coral Theill’s. The thing that I just do not understand about our “system” is why or how can we allow what happened to Coral (and is still happening) to happen. Some are held against their will, raped, battered, abused and then glorified as are the three ladies from Ohio. Guys are considered “heroes” as a result of being the person to make a phone call to the authorities about it. Then we have those in the same situation (and maybe even worse) who are blamed, ostracized from society, stripped not only of their children but of their dignity, ridiculed, and even forced into hiding and receive absolutely no support from anyone in the justice system who by the way are supposed to be by the people, of the people and for the people.” – Excerpt of letter from Sergeant Major Brian K. Jackson, USMC (Ret) to Mr. Joel Corcoran, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley’s assistant, May 9, 2013
Coral Anika Theill’s Letter to U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley & Document: Church & Court Sanctioned Domestic Violence & Child Abuse – Dated July 8, 2014
July 8, 2014
Re: Domestic Violence and Injustices in the Polk, Marion and Wasco County Courts Polk County Case No. 95P-20693
Dear Oregon Senator Merkley and Staff,
During the past year I have communicated with your assistant, Mr. Joel Corcoran, Director of Constituent Services, by email and phone in regards to my 2013 published memoir, BONSHEA Making Light of the Dark, and my Polk County Oregon court case history from 1995 – 2014. After reviewing my story, he recommended that I submit a detailed report to you in regards to the injustices I have suffered in Oregon courts these past two decades and the failings of the Oregon judicial system regarding my case history. I believe it is imperative that laws be modified to promote safety and wellness for women, children and families affected by domestic violence and sexual violence.
I have a personal story to tell of a lifetime of abuse: childhood abuse and molestation, marital abuse, mental and physical abuse, sexual abuse, ritual abuse and now finally “legal stalking” and judicial abuse, condoned first within some of the fundamental, evangelical Christian movements (cults) that thrive today, and now within the very court system of my own country. My story is about the overwhelming stigma that comes with abuse, survival and overcoming, truly “Making Light of the Dark.”
My case speaks loudly of the insidious crimes that are legally permitted and condoned under the guise of church and state-sanctioned domination of males in marriage. The message that the current judicial system gives to many domestic violence and rape victims is that they are not worthy, and that no one cares. This needs to change.
My case history in Oregon courts has been documented by several physicians and advocates, including my counselor and mentor of 17 years, Barbara A. May, PhD, RN PMHP, Professor Emerita of Nursing, Linfield College, Portland, Oregon, as one of Oregon’s most violent and obscene domestic violence cases. I have lived under a “state address protection program” from my ex-husband since 1999. In May 2014, my interview and story was chosen for the Pixel Project Survivor Stories Interviews to help raise monies for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
I believe it is important for you to read my memoir and the information I am sharing with you so you can be informed of the plight of domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Oregon and throughout the USA. My memoir tells what happened and is written from the perspective of simply who I am – spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. I have lived and breathed this document. The quotes I have included are words that sustained me and urged me to survive.
The judicial system acts as the conscience of this country but we know, in most cases, that is not what happens. I have attached a document detailing my court case history (1995-2014), the trauma I survived due to escaping my abusive ex-husband, Mr. Marty Warner, in Oregon and recommendations to end court-sanctioned domestic violence and child abuse.
If you really want to know about our justice system in America, you do not question the judges, police, attorneys and lawmakers, you go to the victims, the unprotected, the vulnerable; those who need the laws protection the most and listen to their stories.
I ask you to imagine yourself, or your own daughter, sister or mother in this story.
Battered wives and mothers in Oregon and throughout the USA have read my horror story. Many believe it is “safer” to stay in an abusive marriage than risk seeking help through the courts. They do not want to end up like me, i.e., losing custody of their children and babies, being sued for twice they earn, being legally stalked for the rest of their lives, living out of their car, destitute and homeless.
READ ENTIRE LETTER & DOCUMENT presented to U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley at: http://www.coralanikatheill.com/…
Posted by Coral Anika Theill
Author, Advocate, Speaker & Reporter
Mother of Lost Children
Memoir: Bonshea Making Light of the Dark
BONSHEÁ – Yaqui Indian – meaning ‘out of the darkness into the light’
A startling memoir of one woman escaping an abusive marriage and oppressive religious cults and trying to find “justice” in a failed system. Anyone concerned with issues of abuse and injustice in America should read this book.
Many mothers who seek safety from abuse are routinely prohibited from having even the most basic contact with their own children, not because they were unfit parents, but because they were outspent, out represented, and out-maneuvered in a court atmosphere not prepared to understand the needs of families dealing with domestic violence.
The price for my own safety and freedom in 1996 was an imposed, unnatural and unwanted separation from my eight children. The injustice committed against me is not just the physical separation from my children, but the willful desecration of the mother-child relationship and bond, a sacred spiritual and emotional entity.
Forcibly taking a mother’s children, and then controlling her emotionally by withholding contact must be publicly recognized as one of the greatest forms of ‘mis-use’ of the American justice system and one of the greatest hidden vehicles for wide-spread socially approved physical and emotional abuse and control.