THREATS ON FACEBOOK TO RAPE WOMEN DEFENDING ABUSED MOTHERS
THREATS ON FACEBOOK TO RAPE WOMEN DEFENDING ABUSED MOTHERS
Social Media Increasingly Abets Harassment and Censors Truth
28 June 2012
keith harmon snow
After years of harassment and judicial abuse in the state of Maine, protective mother Lori Handrahan and her supporters face threats of rape and other verbal sexual abuse on social networking media. Welcome to the new world disorder of social networking, where ethics are meaningless and anyone can get away with practically anything - unless it would seriously help make the world a better place, and then it can be flagged, reported or deleted (by invisible and unaccountable administrators) if it threatens someone's violent or hateful interestss or 'offends' the abusers.
Like other social networking media, Facebook appears to be unable to discriminate between abusive men and abusive men's 'rights' organizations and those (mostly women) who are under attack by them. Instead of punishing the abusers and traffickers of children, the system appears more and more to sanction them and support trafficking of children, domestic violence and violence against women. Want to file a serious compliant with Facebook? Good luck!
On May 22, 2012 the abusive and litigious Maine attorney Michael Waxman launched a Facebook post that by June 19th had evolved into a discussion where Jeff Pyle, a Colorado man who appears to love Michael Waxman, posted threats promising to rape and sodomize the several women engaged in a hostile exchange with Waxman for the defense of Lori Handrahan.
While Sunny Kelley in Connecticut and most other protective parents' stories of judicial abuse and destruction remain disbelieved, unheard and unknown, Lori Handrahan's efforts to Save Mila have resulted in a very high-profile case garnering national attention -- thanks to the Internet and the outrage of thousands of people across the country. Both mothers Lori Handrahan and Sunny Kelley have not seen their children for months.
Hell for Lori Handrahan came in the form of her daughter Mila being raped by her husband, a foreigner who has now apparently gained citizenship under questionable circumstances. Like most mothers entrapped and abused by the family court system, Lori Handrahan never technically lost custody of her daughter Mila. "In June 2009 my daughter Mila came home with a shredded vagina and Igor [husband] was substantiated with raping her," says Lori Handrahan. "The courts did nothing. Mila was 2 years old at the time."
"The state of Maine has trafficked my child Mila," Lori Handrahan told me, in January 2012, right before the court forced a gag order upon her and shut down her web site.
Dr. Lori Handrahan is a professor at the School of International Service at American University in Washington D.C. Dr. Handrahan's credentials are impeccable, with over 20 years of work in international development and human rights all over the world. She was a guest on CNN and her op-eds about human rights and sex trafficking were often published in the New York Times. "Now that my child's life is on the line I can't get any news coverage at all. Every single media outlet I've gotten interested has killed the story at the last minute."
Lori and Mila's case also involves corruption within the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), including the illegal naturalization of Ukrainian and Russian nationals who have stolen Mila away from her loving mother.
While available to discuss her case in early January, Lori Handrahan was later served with a gag order, intimidated into silence out of fear for her daughter's life, and possibly her own. Sometime in late January or early February of this year, the web site created to help them -- "Saving Mila" -- went dead.
CHILD TRAFFICKING IN MAINE
Maine attorney Michael Waxman quite literally gets away with anything he likes in Maine. In the course of her nightmare to recover her child Mila from the alleged abusive father, Igor Malenko, protective mother Lori Handrahan confronted all levels of the system in Maine and was repeatedly stifled by Maine officials.
"I believe that both Michael Waxman and Igor Malenko are both now and have been committing civil contempt of court since May of 2011," expert investigator Stephen Pickering wrote to Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson on February 1, 2012, after Waxman turned the court into a circus of inappropriate verbal and physical aggression on January 31. While there was no order restricting Handrahan's visitation with Mila, Waxman and Malenko had blocked all visitation for some time.
According to investigator Stephen Pickering, Waxman stood up and pointed his finger at the judge and raised his voice to the point that "some would describe this as yelling at the judge. Pickering further concluded that both Waxman and Malenko "committed criminal contempt of court on January 31, 2012, by their willful disregard of the judge's ordering his courtroom as the judge was affirming his order."
On February 1, 2012, Waxman sent an email to Judy Potter, Lori Handrahan's attorney, stating: "And the more I think of it, the less I am convinced that this court has any power over ME in any fashion."
Judge Jeffrey Moskoitz also behaved inappropriately on January 31, 2012, but Moskowitz has a long history of alleged collusion and corruption with attorney Michael Waxman. At the January 31 kangaroo court, Waxman threatened a lawsuit against District Attorney Stephanie Anderson and he filed the lawsuit in early February. Five witnesses who were present provided affidavits testifying to what occurred in Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz's court on January 31, 2012.
"The hearing began with Michael Waxman leading the court into confusion over labeling the massive amounts of documents he introduced, of such proportions that it was clear no one had the time to ever read them," wrote witness Carrie Rockwell. "He then harangued his client, Igor Malenko, for over an hour, thrusting at him pictures of Igor's daughters' anus and vagina, and reading allowed an email Waxman himself wrote to a woman whom he met on Facebook revealing his thought's about what could be done to Mila's vagina with a Coke bottle. All this was done to prove what ten people in the room knew and could prove with certainty was a lie."
One witness suggested that attorney Michael Waxman appeared to commit perjury, suborning perjury, falsifying evidence, and a conspiracy to commit fraud upon the court.
Now Waxman has created a new Internet site to harass Lori Handrahan and her supporters. The site, called S.T.E.A.M. -- Stopping the Explopitation, Abuse and Murder of our Children -- is aligned with an assortment or other organizations, causes and petitions, but is inherently a front for Waxman's destructive "father's rights" agenda and self-protection.
The S.T.E.A.M. web site is very sloppy. As early as December 20111, Waxman revealed in casual web posts that a new web site was under design to replace the Facebook page called FOR THE LOVE OF MILA -- another page created as a front to present Waxman's disinformation. The new S.T.E.A.M. web site was apparently launched in May 2012.
While Lori Handrahan -- white, professional and highly accomplished mother -- is offered as the primary column for "Featured Abusers for June 2012" (see below) the other abusers of the month are two African-American couples who allegedly killed their children. Thus the architects of the site have provided two additional examples of violence against children that both fit the societal stereotype of black people as criminals. Contrary to media representations and Hollywood stereotypes about people of color, there are also high rates of domestic violence, rape and murder in white communities. However, by placing Lori Handrahan next to these two black couples the hidden message is that Lori Handrahan is a violent criminal.
The two African-American alleged murder couples appear with Lori Handrahan on the HOME page. This is just window dressing. The web pages were hastily designed to provide a false sense of depth behind the front designed primarily to harass Lori Handrahan, and there are errors and inconsistencies in the web design beyond the HOME page.
For example, the menu at the top of the HOME page and most other pages has four clickable links: HELP - CONTACT US - CASES - HOME. Deeper inside the web site are numerous "cases" of child abuse that are accessed by clicking on the CASES link in the HOME page menu. However, as of 29 June 2012 the links for some cases don't work at all (for example: "CASES PAGE 3"). More importantly, several of the CASES links lead to pages where the menu at the top of the new page has only three clickable links: HANDRAHAN - HELP - CONTACT US. This shows the clear intent of the web site.
Naturally, the HANDRAHAN link takes you straight to an extensive posting of disinformation exclusively about Lori Handrahan and this is the heart of the web site. The HANDRAHAN page offers an extensive post -- unlike all other sections of the site -- packed detail after detail of lies and half-truths fabricated by attorney Michael Waxman and his supporters.
Several of Lori Handrahan's women supporters are also mentioned on the HANDRAHAN page, and these are some of the same women threatened with rape on the May 2012 Facebook thread.
"For the second straight month," S.T.E.A.M.'s HANDRAHAN slam begins, "Lori Handrahan has been unanimously selected as the Child Abuser of the Month. Why?"
The answer is that the web site was created solely as a platform to harass Lori Handrahan and her supporters, to further confuse the story and cover up the hard truth that Lori's daughter Mila has allegedly been trafficked with the support of the state of Maine, the Department of Homeland Security and attorney Michael Waxman.
FACEBOOK RAPE THREATS
"How about this cause and other bitches, take care of your own business and shut the FUCK up!" Jeff Pyle posted on the Waxman post on June 19. A 1982 graduate of Weston High School (MA) who lives in Colorado, Jeff Pyle then sexually berated the women engaged in the discussion (see below) and threatened to "come back there" to find, rape and sodomize them. The post has now been deleted.
Alerted on June 20 by one of the protective mothers who has been increasingly harassed by Michael Waxman, I responded:
On June 28, I received a notice from Facebook administration notifying me that I am under investigation for my post (now also removed). There was no way to respond to the pop-up warning message that appeared when I first logged in to Facebook, and disappeared after, and it is impossible to figure out how to communicate with Facebook to challenge the flagging of my post and inform Facebook about their need to investigate Michael Waxman and the Handrahan case.
Online sexism is rampant, but the problem is systemic and institutionalized sexism and support for domestic violence that arises due to online media's attempts to be socially friendly and compatible to as many users as possible. While censoring some people and interests, these social media often end up punishing the victims and supporting the abusers.
Major social networking media -- Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and others -- have, one way or another, helped to censor Lori and Mila's story. The organization Change.org -- reputed to be a socially conscious networking entity -- still carries a petition created by Michael Waxman the father's lawyer in Maine, intended to further censor and punish Lori Handrahan.
Facebook makes it impossible to issue a detailed compliant about the hate speech and physical violence threatened by Michael Waman's supporter Jeff Pyle. While the most threatening post by Pyle was removed from the long back-and-forth, the post that I made was also flagged and removed. Appropriate action by Facebook would include exploring Michael Waxman's threatening history and behavior toward Lori Handrahan.
It is the same with Change.org. It seems they will allow a petition by anyone, for anything, no matter that these petition might be created by violent individuals and have violent motives, including harassment.
Media personality Jay Smooth, the host of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, WBAI's Underground Railroad, recently created a video criticizing online sexism and online threats against women. Smooth was motivated by the recent surge of bullying, abuse and harassment attacks against Anita Sarkeesian whose Feminist Frequency project launched a Kickstarter campaign that came under attack.
"Many abusive men are active online," comments a chapter organizer for the National Organization for Women (NOW), "and they often jump at the chance to try to intimidate women (especially protective mothers or their supporters) by making vicious and crazy threats, such saying they plan to rape the women, kill them, or otherwise cause them some kind of bodily harm."
"It's shocking and very frightening to realize just how many sexist men there are out there -- bloggers and vloggers like Anita Sarkeesian often receive hundreds of these types of terrorist threats, almost daily."
Looking at one of the "human rights" petitions on Change.org that is listed by STEAM as an example of appropriate child abuse groups or movements -- We demand changes to child abuse laws and sentencing, we find that the charges called for are suspicious at best and destructive to women at worst. Most of the petition's ten points otherwise appear to be reasonable and important suggestions for legislative changes or legislative protocols. However, note items 6), 9) and 10) on this petition:
6) If a parent has left an abusive partner courts have no right sending a child for anything more then a supervised visit.
Really? What is this petition point actually saying? Courts have no right sending a child back to a protective mother (who has left her abusive partner) for more than a supervised visit? Sounds like the judicial abuse and alleged sexual abuse cases of both Sunny Kelley in Connecticut and Lori Handrahan from Maine, whose children at present are living out a life sentence.
Let's look at this Change.org "human rights" petition point number 9)
9) In the event a child is claimed to be kidnapped or missing remove the other children in the home immediately place them in foster care.Really? Does this make sense? Or is it an attempt to criminalize parents -- probably the mother will suffer more -- for reporting that their child has been kidnapped? Also, there is the question of how removing the other children from the home relates to the typically destructive and often highly profit-driven state foster care systems. Does this give too much power to the state, an especially scary prospect given the state 'social services' and federally funded (Department of Health and Human Services) black holes serving the destructive father's rights groups in states all over the USA?
The Change.org petition point number 10) is even clearer:
Really? According to everything we have learned about domestic violence and child abuse, it is most often the case that women and children are trapped in abusive relationships and abusive households and fear for their personal safety and their children's safety on a day-to-day and sometimes minute to minute basis. Women trapped in domestic violence situations by violent fathers are living in constant terror and escape is often considered impossible. Such facts need to be taken into account and explored during investigations of domestic violence and child abuse/death.
10) If the mother or father are living not wed to someone who is not the childs father or mother and has a known history of violence and the child is harmed or killed the mother should face equal charges for putting her child in danger.
But note that it is "the mother" singled out in this petition point who "should face equal charges" for living not wed to someone who has a known history of violence. This makes no sense, unless it is situated within the aggressive and violent framework of the destructive so-called "father's rights" movement.
This "human rights" petition is nothing but a movement to give lawyer's and judges more power to abuse women, especially protective mothers, and their children, by placing them in foster care. (The petition is also written in terrible English.)
Written by: keith harmon snow
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