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The
Fatherhood

Coalition

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... DSS (Massachusetts Department of Social Services)

By Mark Charalambous, June 24, 2003

Published under the title: "Murder highlights inherent problems at DSS," Cape Codder, July 3, 2003


Fatherhood: A Primordial Force of Nature

First a disclaimer: I know nothing of either DSS social worker Linda Silva or her accused murderer Paul DuBois; nor do I know any details of the case other than what has been reported in the newspapers.


When you take away someone's child, you are messing with a primordial force of nature.

However, I can speak to the alleged motive of Mr. DuBois, and, without wishing to offend the Silva family, would like to illuminate some aspects of the issues surrounding this tragic event that the media ignores.

Whereas DSS and the media rarely allow any image of DSS social workers as other than good people doing a very difficult job of protecting children, tens of thousands of Massachusetts parents -- the vast majority of them fathers -- hold a very different image of these people.

Earlier this year, the PBS program Frontline presented a documentary on the Maine equivalent of DSS that revealed the inner workings of their system. While those viewers with no personal experience with Care and Protection cases or 51A child abuse allegations might not be able to read between the lines and recognize the subtleties, the rest of us saw graphic confirmation of our fears.


How many good fathers have been investigated by DSS as part of a custody battle and lost their children as a result?   How many male suicides?  Where is the public outcry? Where are the media "spotlight teams"?  Nowhere to be found.

Such as social workers discussing whether or not the case at hand qualified as "neglect"--to the extent that the child should be removed from the mother--because the mother would not sever a relationship with someone whom they considered to be "abusive". In one case this person was the mother's own mother, in another case, it was a boyfriend.

To cut to the chase: Many informed people now recognize the DSS culture as inherently feminist and anti-male, and too often destructive to the very children they presume to be protecting. Social workers have been indoctrinated into the victim-feminist worldview which holds that women rarely or never lie when they claim "abuse" at the hands of a man.

How many good fathers have been investigated by DSS as part of a custody battle and lost their children as a result? How many male suicides? Where is the public outcry? Where are the media "spotlight teams"? Nowhere to be found.

Now that we as a society have accepted that children can be legally stolen from fathers, the same apparatus is being increasingly used against women and intact families. We have empowered these agents of the state to intrude where they do not belong.


Now that we as a society have accepted that children can be legally stolen from fathers, the same apparatus is being increasingly used against women and intact families. We have empowered these agents of the state to intrude where they do not belong.

The murder of a DSS social worker by an enraged father who had his children legally stolen should force the public to take a good, long look at what these social workers are doing. How many people realize that it is standard behavior for DSS workers to blackmail women into throwing the fathers of their children out of their homes with a 209A restraining order under threat of taking custody of their children?

When you take away someone's child, you are messing with a primordial force of nature. If this tragic event does not lead to a serious investigation to the abuses of DSS and how fathers are routinely robbed of their children, their possessions, their dignity, and even their liberty, the practice of stealing children from their parents will become increasingly dangerous for all principals involved in that crime.

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