An Interview with Victoria Haigh

"Nature is nature (...) interfere with it at your peril. Man made is never going to overhaul what God created.“ ~ Victoria Haigh

(The interview was done in 2014 // R.A.)

Victoria Haigh and the case of her oldest daughter made many headlines over the last couple of years. Victoria was a very prominent and successful race horse jockey and trainer in the UK. There were disputes with her daughter’s father over contact and eventually the case ended up in the UK family courts.

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Birds Fly Free Under Water ~ When justice is absent, what can be a healing?

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"I wonder, do birds who are released by women who lie on the ocean floor fly too?"

".. her two small children went into forced adoption, leaving the woman a victim of rape who is stigmatized as “incapable mother” and open for yet more abuse in form of another forced adoption by social services UK should she ever have another baby."

Today I received a devastating email from the UK by a woman who was raped by her husband, for which he was convicted to a 6 year prison term. But instead of being able to live her life, her children were taken off her to be force adopted.

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A Snippet on Surveillance and Child Protection (from 2014)

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From a press release by the British Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services:

"Without their knowledge, every pregnant woman (and expectant father) is screened by the UK's National Health Service (NHS) to see if they may be a risk to the child, and they are monitored for risk factors like previous mental illness, domestic violence, being a teenager, unemployed, homeless, a former or current drug user, etc. They are then automatically referred to social services, who may hold child protection planning meetings before the baby is born."

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Christopher Booker, The Liberal and The Right Wing (Populist) Press, The Truth, and Child Protection

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“The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any.” ― Hannah Arendt

When one deals with subjects of things that are hidden, such as uncomfortable truths, political and criminal cover-ups, moral and ethical scandals and all matters child protection, one quickly comes into the  murky world of conspiracy theories and deafening official silences.

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I Lost My Kids to Forced Adoption

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"This is my story , I say I lost my kids to forced adoption , then people judge me on that one sentence. I get angry and frustrated , then I persist they just listen , then I tell them my children's story , then they start to listen , then they cry , then they feel angry too , then they say sorry for the injustice served , then I say I'm sorry too , then there is a deafening silence , and again I'm alone ." ~ Mother

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It’s Jolly Good Fun – A Short Sociology of Forced Adoption and a Tale of Two Women

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“I was seeking justice and freedom and human rights and thousands of miles later thousands of pounds later and hundreds of miles walked later and hundreds of doors knocked on later I didn’t fucking find it“. ~ Dave

Meet Dave. Dave is in an intelligent, articulate women in her 30s. She had a good job in an architect’s office; earned money; dated; was the average British girl. Then she got unlucky. First she met a man who wanted to ruin her life and the life of their children, and then she met the State who took over from the man in continuing the ruining.

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What The Case Michelle Freedman vs. London Borough of Barnet Child Protection Really Tells Us

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This case highlights a couple of things that are seriously wrong about the powers that UK Local Authorities have and how they abuse those powers at will and use a net of surveillance against individuals.

Michelle Freedman already knew the work of UK social services in her role as UK family law barrister at  Clerksroom Chambers. She knew what happens to families who come in contact with the "system" and she knew also what happens to women who report abuse within the family to social services. 

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Female Chauvinist Pigs, The Issues Uncovered

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Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture (2005) is a book by Ariel Levy which critiques modern feminist raunch culture in the United States and elsewhere. Levy argues that America is a sex obsessed culture that objectifies women and encourages women to objectify themselves. Citing examples ranging from the fad of Playboy Bunny merchandise for women to the moral panic of rainbow parties, Levy argues that American mass culture has framed the game so perversely that young women now strive to be the "hottest" and "sexiest" girl they know rather than the most accomplished.

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