I have been asked multiple times “Why the PA Awareness sticker project?”
That’s a fair question, and there are two parts to the answer.
Being affected by Parental Alienation (PA) and False Allegations (FA) I often feel totally helpless. I feel like a piece of paper flapping in the wind – being blown around aimlessly. Like a ship at sea who cannot pull into port – destined to wonder aimlessly looking for port to pull into to refuel and resupply. Whilst slowly but surely the once sturdy and dependable ship breaks down: a bit of rust here, an engine problem there. The best that can be hoped for is a patch-up job which will hopefully buy a little more time.
Therefore, I need to do something – I’m always looking for ways to make the difference we all need so desperately. It’s in my nature to keep trying to the best of my ability. I have done my best to keep the costs of this project to a minimum, including calling in some favours.
Since being being on social media I have noticed a trend which I don’t believe helps our advocacy and awareness work. Like myself, I know we post with the best of intentions, however, we all know what PA is. People (mothers, fathers, grandparents, great-grandparents, brothers, sisters, cousins, etc) affected are acutely aware that PA is:
- Child abuse
- Domestic abuse/domestic violence
- Contrary to the best interests of the child(ren)
- The alienator hating their ex more than they love their child(ren)
- The result of a corrupt judiciary
- Repeated contraventions of parenting orders going unpunished
- Hell on earth for the targeted parent
- A living nightmare
It’s the unaffected people who need to be the recipient of these messages. It is they who need to be convinced PA is real, and destructive not only for the children and parent affected by it, but to the extended family and society in general.
I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers, but I do know this, continually explaining what water is to a drowning person is not the best use of our limited time, resources and energy. A drowning person is well aware of what water is. I believe our PA Awareness sticker project will reach a wider audience, as in those unaffected by PA and FA. This is not a criticism of anybody, it’s merely an observation over multiple years. It’s certainly not the magic bullet, but when people are driving behind a vehicle displaying these stickers their curiosity might just be piqued enough to investigate further via the internet when they finish their journey. We need to get these people talking and asking questions.
We need to create a groundswell of support! Please support us in our efforts to raise awareness for the PA and FA communities: https://markkosmider.com/pa-awareness/