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"My story is part of an effort by Safe Kids International to raise awareness about an issue of social injustice which is endangering millions of children around the world. There is an epidemic of family court judges deliberately disregarding substantial evidence of serious child abuse and granting custody to the abusive father. This is my story."

Both of his hands were clenched tightly around my neck and I was pinned to the floor. Our 14 year old son came up behind my now ex-husband with a wooden baseball bat threatening to crack him over the head with it to force him to release me while our 10 year old son jumped on his father's back putting his hands over his eyes. The two girls stood off to the side screaming and begging their father to stop choking me as a call came in. One of the girls answered screaming and it was a friend who called the police. As my now ex-husband ran out the front door, he threatened to return and run over my skull smashing it into a "thousand pieces" if I filed for child support for our four children. This would be the beginning of a 14 year nightmare, to compound years of domestic violence, that started with a PFA and is ending with foreclosure, bankruptcy, permanent disabilities and poverty caused by a long substantiated history of child and spousal abuse, then years of retaliation from the family court mafia for reporting that abuse to criminal authorites in 2004. As we entered this system of organized crime, we had no idea what we were walking into or that we had no rights that would be protected by any authority in the United States governement, law enforcement or in the state of Pennsylvania.

We entered the family court on 9-7-2001 with a PFA against Dr. Kevin D. Clark M.D., Sewickley PA Ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), my husband at that time, and father of our four children. As a dependent spouse with four children, my now ex husband would be paying the fees to litigate the family cases for both of us. The family court mafia could see a million dollar case on the horizon with the youngest child being 7 and serious allegations of domestic violence and child abuse reported.

Substantial evidence of a long history of abuse included police reports, letters from the school district, women's shelters and therapists. There was also a deposition of admitted abuse from my now ex-husband that included punching and kicking the children, holding them over the second story banister by their feet threatening to drop them on their heads, holding butcher knives to my throat threatening to kill me in front of the children, nudity in front of the children and threatening to kill himself in front of the children. Three therapists were willing to testify to verify abuse in the custody case but the judge denied the request.

All of the children reported abuse to a custody evaluator hired by Dr. Kevin D. Clark and my oldest son disclosed being sexually assaulted with a broomstick and curtain rod to the custody evaluator. When I learned that my son had been sexually assaulted from the custody evaluator, I questioned my son only to learn that his sister had witnessed one of these attacks and that my younger son had also been sexually assaulted in the same way. The four children were ages 13, 12, 10, 7 in 2001, when these crimes were reported by the children.

The Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Family Court Judge Kathleen R. Mulligan, the court ordered custody evaluator, Dr. Mark E. King, and court appointed reunification therapist, Dr. William F. Fischer, refused to report sexual assaults perpetrated against the children, criminal child abuse and criminal spousal abuse reported at the onset of the family case. They did this because the abuser was a surgeon funding the family case for himself and the dependent spouse.

The case went on for years with five custody trials arguing about abuse admitted and reported at the onset of the case. Unsupervised visitation was ordered three years into the custody case for the two younger children, ages 10 and 13, at the time in 2004. Refusing to visit, my 13 year old son ran away from his middle school to evade unsupervised contact with his father. He also reported to police that he had been sexually assaulted several years earlier by his father before his father had moved out of the family home in 2001.

A criminal case for felony sexual assault was filed on behalf of three of the children, four years into the family case, in 2005, for the same crimes reported to the family court in 2002. The family court judge, Kathleen R. Mulligan, retaliated for reporting to criminal authorities by forcing the crime victims to visit with their father, Dr. Kevin D. Clark M.D., unsupervised, through the criminal process. The judge also left the same order, for unsupervised visitation, in place, after a no contest plea from father to three lesser charges of endangering the welfare of a child on 12-15- 2006.

Family court Judge Kathleen R. Mulligan used her economic power in the family case, to coerce a criminal plea deal for the criminal Defendant by denying the family half of the assets, withholding the divorce settlement, and withholding the settlement agreement until a plea was entered for the criminal Defendant that included no jail time and no felonies. The original charges filed initially were: 18 § 3123 §§ A6 F1 INVOLUNTARY DEVIATE SEXUAL IINTERCOURSE W/ PERSON LESS THAN 13 YRS AGE, ATTEMPT INVOL. DEVIATE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE W/ CHIL, 18 § 2902 §§ 1 M1 UNLAW RESTRAINT/RISK SER INJURY, ATTEMPT INVOL. DEVIATE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE W/ CHIL, 18 § 3125 §§ A8 F2 AGG. IND. ASSAULT - COMP. LESS THAN 16, 18 § 3125 §§ A8 F2 AGG. IND. ASSAULT - COMP. LESS THAN 16, 18 § 3125 §§ A8 F2 AGG. IND. ASSAULT - COMP. LESS THAN 16, 18 § 3125 §§ A8 F2 AGG. IND. ASSAULT - COMP. LESS THAN 16, 18 § 4304 ENDANGERING WELFARE OF CHILDREN, 18 § 4304 ENDANGERING WELFARE OF CHILDREN, 18 § 6301 §§ A M1 CORRUPTION OF MINORS.

The family spent the entire divorce settlement in legal fees and taxes to protect the children from a known danger as the family entered the case 2002. The final reward to the convicted criminal in the family court was a permanent non-modifiable child support order, “waived” -ordered unpaid child support of $400,000, refusal of health insurance, and no reimbursements of health and psychological treatment expenses, leaving the family in poverty.

The adult children filed personal injury complaints in the civil division to recover costs for medical and psychological treatment as a result of the abuse from the convicted criminal. The civil/criminal Defendant made a phone call to the civil division and had the same family court judge assigned to the civil cases. Judge Kathleen R. Mulligan had herself assigned to protect her retention election and pension (TAPED EVIDENCE!) and to tank the civil personal injury case.

The civil cases were obstructed by Judge Kathleen R. Mulligan, who kept out all evidence of child abuse from the family and criminal cases.  All family and civil cases were sealed to prevent the now adult victims from seeking retribution and justice for the crimes committed against them.

This case is one example of the horrific consequences a protective parent faces when child abuse is reported.  Attempts to discredit me, as well as excusing abuse against me and my children, is a common scenario in Family Courts in Pennsylvania and across the nation. Common tactics include blaming the protective parent for “alienating” her children, even though the other parent is a known, convicted child abuser who was offered a plea deal to reduce felony charges.

Rather than face a trial on the sex-abuse charges, in December 2006 Kevin Clark pleaded "no contest" to three lesser counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Judge Gerard Bigley sentenced Dr. Kevin D. Clark, M.D. to one year of probation for each count, running concurrently. While Dr. Kevin D. Clark, M.D. could not be a school teacher or bus driver in Pennsylvania, he continues to practice as a surgeon seeing child patients. The medical licensing board refused to even disipline him since his conviction is related to his own children and not a stranger's child.

(plea bargain:  in criminal procedure, a negotiation between the defendant and his attorney on one side and the prosecutor on the other, in which the defendant agrees to plead "guilty" or "no contest" to some crimes, in return for reduction of the severity of the charges, dismissal of some of the charges, the prosecutor's willingness to recommend a particular sentence, or some other benefit to the defendant.)

All of us have been emotionally, mentally and financially devastated. We will be left homeless within the next few weeks due to a foreclosure and forced sale of the property. Left with two adult disabled dependents and diagnosises from lupus to PTSD, the family is unable to recover from the years of abuse and legal harrassment.

Please see the google plus page below for press releases and stories on the permanent gag order (for life), sealed cases, censored website, and the assignment of the judge to the civil case at the request of the criminally convicted civil Defendant and the manipulation of the civil and child support cases to retaliate against the victims for reporting sexual and physical abuse to criminal authorities. The judge even created a false timeline of reporting in the family case to prevent a jury from hearing the truth, that she concealed sexual abuse of children to turn a profit on a 7 year, 5 trial custody case. Additional evidence is available upon request.

Thu Sep 25, 2014 at  6:31 AM PT:

Thu Sep 25, 2014 at  6:42 AM PT: Please click on the link for PART 2.

Wed Oct 01, 2014 at 1:59 PM PT:

Originally posted to valetteclark on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by Pittsburgh Area Kossacks and DKos Pennsylvania.

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  •  I don't get it (1+ / 0-)
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    Cui bono? (who benefits). Are you saying the judge and other court officials ignored the evidence because of funding issues?  Our judicial system is set up so that these people can benefit financially from their decisions? If so, that is messed up.

  •  How will you stop the corruption by government? (8+ / 0-)

    With all due respect, how will you, organizations, experts  and government protect victims of child abuse (who committed homicide (Spotz) and suicide (Grieco)), if laws repeatedly violated and/or ignored, by those, who are obligated to uphold them?

    Singer was informed that government funds were misused by government to undermine child protection. Experts estimate that $500 million to billions of federal money is misused in USA.

    The child abuse that Jim Singer and the Clark family reported is still  being covered up, by the same PA Psychology Board and other government, to cover up child abuse, related to misuse of government funding (as I understand)  in my specific case and also in the Clark case

    1.    Jim Singer’s mandated report of child abuse of RP
    2.    At least one child reported severe abuse to psychologists King and Fischer. But psychologist, King and Fischer did not report child abuse, even though I understand that one of both of the psychologists documented the child abuse.
    3.    I understand that a physician verified medical evidence of child abuse in the Clark case. Nevertheless, the child abuse was still covered up by several government officials.
    4.    The abuser was arrested and indicted on ten felonies including those indicated in Val Clarks 7-31-14 article.
    5.    I understand that the Clark family reported violations to the Pennsylvania Psychology,  Medical Boards, Judicial Conduct Board, State and Federal law enforcement, but there was no investigation of the child abuse or violations by licensed professionals
    A State Policeman stood up and raised his voice and asked, Why didn’t somebody stop this [abuse by government]?”

    I ask you, readers, media, experts Congress, State and Federal government the same question,
    How will you all please hold those who committed violations accountable,to stop this abuse and prevent another tragedy?


    James Singer, Ed.D.

    •  We can't do it without organizing. (2+ / 0-)
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      thanatokephaloides, SafeKids

      Individuals alone will always be over-powered.

      Step #1) Educate yourself and others- Thanks for letting us clueless folks know about the problem.

      Step #2) Look around for others to work with (Searching for various org.s now)

      •  I appreciate your concern (0+ / 0-)

        I appreciate that you are concerned. Therefore, what do you think of at least 10 documents (from State & Federal gov't) linked in the following articles?

        Thank you

        'Mandated Reporters Fear Retaliation, and Their Fear is Legitimate': Tom Ridge

        Pennsylvania Has Lowest Reporting of Child Abuse in U.S., Group Says

        Money Talks Justice Goes Begging

        •  I haven't got through it all yet, but so far (0+ / 0-)

          it makes me glad my state isn't as screwed up as PA. Considering I'm talking about Floriduh, that says a lot.

          I had a friend in high school who was rescued by child services. Her parents agreed to commit her under the awful advice of an extremely egotistical shrink. (She embarrassed the crap out of him by refusing to speak to him, so he had her commited as a suicide risk). When child services reviewed the matter they basically said hell no and put her in a group juvenile home of teenagers. She thrived much better in that group home than with either parent. As a much younger child she had been abused by a step parent and DCF saved her from that situation as well. I know our DCF is horribly underfunded and doesn't have a great record. We tend to only hear about their short comings. I am thankful to our DCF for saving my friend twice.

          The Sandusky case (and Roxine's excellent reporting) give me hope for PA.

          I'll get back to you more later. As far as the Singer case, I am confused as to why CYS put a target on him. My browser is having issues trying to handle the linked files simulatneously.

  •  It boggles the mind (3+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, Penny GC, thanatokephaloides

    This sounds like a better, more remunerative scam than even the War on Drugs!

  •  Wow, just horrible. (4+ / 0-)

    Where are the checks and balances on this system. Forcing the raped children to spend time alone with the father, disgusting. Sounds like the judge should be in jail.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

    by GustavMahler on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 05:00:48 PM PDT

  •  I wish I could say this story is surprising (1+ / 0-)
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    I have heard so many family court stories like this one. Thanks for telling yours here. Without people like you, there would be no way to call attention to this issue.

  •  I have a story like this one. (3+ / 0-)
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    MCMoewe, kmfmstar, peregrine kate

    I'm not going into the whole sad story, but it includes a court-ordered psychologist (who was evaluating the teen age children) undertaking off the record talks with the noncustodial spouse, and even bringing the noncustodial spouse into a therapy session with the children unannounced and against their wishes.

    My lawyer told us not to even bring abuse charges into family court, just give up whatever I had to financially in order to get physical custody. That sounded wrong but it turned out to be good advice.

    We also had the noncustodial parent taking the fifth amendment in family court. My lawyer said they'd never heard of that before. That gave me a little tiny bit of leverage, anyway.

    It has been years now, and we have gotten past it but we will never get over it. No matter how bad your present circumstances, you are no longer stuck with that criminal and that's how you have to think of it every day.

    •  So sorry to hear about your case (0+ / 0-)

      I was told the same thing. Don't mention abuse or your kids will go to foster care or their father. Dr. Clark and his new wife were not asking for any custody, only four hours a week on his afternoon off with two of the four children. This was a blessing. Still, Dr. King recommended foster care for my younger two if I did not deliver them to unsupervised visitation through the criminal case. It is a sick and twisted situation that has, in itself, caused damage to the kids, long term. They no longer trust people. Glad that you did not end up like us. Thanks-Val

      •  Kids are now full adults (0+ / 0-)

        And because we did not keep secrets and because we have always talked about it and supported each other, and with lots of therapy, they have gotten past it and past the damage. It is possible, just try to keep going one step at a time.

        Your kids need you as healthy as you can be. Model being healthy as much as you can.

        •  Thanks-you are right... (0+ / 0-)

          We all need to be working toward good health, mentally, physically and emotionally. I am working on this with them and for myself. I want to see them all recover and move on to be happy, healthy people. Thanks-Val

  •  I can't tell from your link whether the civil (0+ / 0-)

    suit brought any relief. But I hope that you and your children can find some peace in this life, even if you don't succeed in obtaining justice.

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    by peregrine kate on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 09:39:27 PM PDT

    •  Current status of civil cases (0+ / 0-)

      Hi-The civil case was supposed to go to trial in May 2014. Four weeks to trial, after receiving an expert report naming the judge as a cause of lupus for one of the Plaintiffs, by ordering him to visit unsupervised through the criminal rape case against his father, Judge Mulligan swiftly went into action to remove her own liability. She removed all admitted abuse from the family case in a "collateral estoppel doctrine" claiming that she already found abuse in her own division and she was giving the lifetime earning capacity a vaue of $300,000 which included the attorney fees of 40%. A jury was never going to hear about abuse that was admitted in the family case or the conviction in the criminal case. She then sent the case to a settlement judge and told him not to settle the entire claim for more than $300,000 for all four children who have significant medical and psychological problems for life. The case was ruined and manipulated by her to prevent a jury from hearing the truth in some of the following ways:

      •    She refused to allow in the criminal conviction to impeach a recent fabrication defense (a jury would not hear about his conviction),
      •    Refused the Plaintiff’s attorney access to medical records directly allowing the Defendant’s attorney to receive the Plaintiff’s records first and then censor them and pass them on to Plaintiff’s attorney. Defendant’s long mental health history was not allowed into the case,
      •    Waived attorney client privilege for a non-litigant witness Valette Clark (on appeal) to help a prior family attorney of the Plaintiff’s mother to testify to a false timeline of reporting sexual abuse in the prior family case,
      •    Told the Plaintiffs, during a private conciliation, to “leave their father alone and move on” and “no amount of money will help you people”.
      •    Told the Plaintiff’s attorney that she took the case to “protect her retention election and pension” and was taking over discovery to tank the case,
      •    Refused to allow all of the admitted abuse from her prior family custody case in for a jury to hear claiming that a lifetime earning capacity would be valued at $300,000 dollars under a collateral estoppel doctrine (4 weeks to trial) that did not apply in the criminal matter,
      •    Removed her own liability in the civil damages by applying collateral estoppel because the expert report from Dr. Mary Carrasco gave a Plaintiff's  cause of lupus, in part, to Judge Mulligan for forcing him, a rape victim, to visit with his father throughout the criminal rape case against his father, unsupervised,
      •    Precluded witness Valette Clark from testifying to the true timeline of reporting of sexual abuse in the prior custody case,

      The kids settled the case on June 30 but have not yet received the proceeds, that was immediately sealed to protect Dr. Kevin D. Clark and Judge Kathleen R. Mulligan from public access to the case. The funds will not be enough to save the house, pay for outstanding medical bills or provide future care for their medical and psychological problems. A new case for back child support, never paid from 2001-2013 has been filed by the kids to try to recover what was denied them in the civil case. If Judge Mulligan gets assigned to that case, it is doomed.

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