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CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN IN ADOPTION PROCEEDINGS


-- The shackling of mothers to bedheads during labour with either leather straps attached to chains or bandages (film clip 1). Physically restraining mothers from seeing their babies immediately after giving birth; 

• Common Assault; False Imprisonment; Unconscionable Behaviour; Ultra Vires Law; Violation of Human Rights;


-- Adoption eugenics: marketing the healthy white newborn;

• Ultra Vires Law; Unconscionable Behaviour;


-- Medical Experimentation on State wards (the children of minors became State wards because their consents were invalid);

See Monash University apology;


-- Depriving children of their mother's milk and emotional sustenance from birth;

• Violation of Human Rights; Violation of Statutory Rights;  element of Conspiracy to Defraud;

 

-- Attempting to break the maternal-fetal bond by the inhumane practice of forbidding eye contact between mother and child and by the binding of her breasts, resulting in violent trauma to the psyche of the child; 


• Ultra Vires Law; Unconscionable Behaviour; Coercion; Violation of Human Rights; Violation of Statutory Rights; Element of Conspiracy to Defraud;

 

-- Failure to have regard for or act in, the best interest of the child by failing to take into account the individual circumstances of its parents;

• Breach of duty of care;


-- Targeting for adoption, children conceived in rape; 

• Element of Conspiracy to Defraud, Concealment of a crime, Aiding and Abetting;


-- Removing the identity of the 'illegitimate' 'Baby for Adoption' (BFA); stigmatizing the origins of the ex-nuptial child;

• Failure to have any proper regard for the natural law and prevailing domestic and international principals concerning the advancement and protection of human rights and dignity; 

 

-- Promoting adoption rather than warning mothers and fathers of the of the potential harm such a course of action may cause their children (film clip 6);

• Breach of Duty; Unconscionable Behaviour; Breach of Statutory Law;


-- Violently interfering in the primal act of birthing procedure, snatching infants from their mother's womb before birth was complete while the mother was bound in stirrups and awaiting the expulsion of the placenta;

• Unconscionable Behaviour; Ultra Vires Law; Element of Conspiracy to Defraud; Violation of Human Rights;


-- Forbidding the Baby for Adoption contact with its parents from birth;

• Ultra Vires Law; Unconscionable Behaviour; Coercion; Violation of Human Rights; Violation of Statutory Rights; Duress;  Element of Conspiracy to Defraud; 


-- Hiding the baby from its parents within the confines of the hospital and denying them free access to their child though they were the sole Legal Guardians of their child;

• Conspiracy to Defraud, Criminal offence under s91; taking child with intent to steal; Violation of Statutory Law; Violation of Human Rights; Violation of Natural Law; Breach of Duty, S.90A; Kidnapping;


--Attack upon the honour and reputation of the child's parents, privacy, family, home and correspondence;

                        • Violation of Human Rights:


No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks  (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 2003).


Unmarried mothers were hidden away in maternity homes where they were not permitted to freely come and go.  While it was claimed that they wanted to hide their shame, they were the subject of shaming.  Rickarby provides insight into the purpose of the practice:


Superficially the living in a hostel, convent or other prenatal institution, was said to be preferred by the girls to 'hide their shame'. However the practice allowed for the breaking of their usual first order social support, particularly their family and peer support.  Here they had a new peer group in the same predicament. And their parents were replaced by a new group of 'parents' who would repetitively feed them bytes of the myths and use guilt and shame keys to bring them to a state of low self esteem.


-- “The second injury” – that of being shunned or silenced by others such as governments – is also harmful.  The National Center for victims of crimes says of secondary injuries:


Victims not only have to struggle with primary injuries in the aftermath of the crime, but they must also battle with the "secondary" injuries. Secondary injuries are injuries that occur when there is a lack of proper support. These injuries can be caused by friends, family and most often by the professionals victims encounter as a result of the crime. Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, social service workers, the media, coroners, clergy, and even mental health professionals can cause secondary injuries. Those individuals may lack the ability or training to provide the necessary comfort and assistance to the victim. Often, those individuals blame the victim for the crime. Failing to recognize the importance of the crime or to show sympathy can be damaging to the victim's self-worth and recovery process.



   

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