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Parental Alienation Dynamics · Let no good deed go unpunished. With good intentions Judge Gorcyca acted in the best interest of children. Now that a judge has finally listened, we must stand and rally.
Pathogenic parenting is a child protection issue NOT a #childcustody issue. When addressing #PathogenicParenting, mistakes can and will be made attempting to do the right thing. Mistakes can be fixed. When it comes to a parent emotionally and psychologically abusing children through #ParentalAlienationand hostile aggressive parenting, “there is no right way to do the wrong thing.”
CL: If you are a parent that has to deal with lies that have been untested, interference by the custodial parent and a full campaign of hatred from your kids and the ex, you need to speak up on behalf of this judge.
We don’t just encourage you to read these posts, we encourage action. It is only by protecting the vulnerable judges who on occasion get it right and that do punish alienation can we send a message to the entire judicial bench that we are sick of it.
Please write on behalf of this judge showing she used her judicial independence to heal this family because of the toxic brainwashing of the mother. Her conduct might not sit well with the board but her decisions were in the best interests of the children to end the parental alienation and dispense of testimony that did not make sense from the brainwashed children.
Let the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission know that you #supportGorcyca.
MSC, CHIEF OF STAFF
Larry S. Royster
MSC, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
John Nevin, Communications Director
Phone: (313) 875-5110
Fax: (313) 875-5154
On December 23, 2015, with the unanimous support of the Executive Board, the Executive Director of PLAN™ sent a letter to the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission in support of Judge Lisa Gorcyca. Judge Gorcyca took a bold stand against the systematic alienation of one parent and that parent’s extended family by the other parent. In doing so, she set off a firestorm of made-for-social-media controversy, which has led to a review of her conduct and ruling in the Tsimhoni case involving the purposeful alienation of the father and his family by the mother. The entire Executive Board of PLAN™ urges everyone who is concerned about the rampant alienation of entire families and the resulting mental health crisis to contact the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission to support Judge Gorcyca. The letter is posted in its entirety below. A PDF copy is available here.
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December 23, 2015
Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission
3034 West Grand Blvd., Suite 8-450
Detroit, MI 48202
RE: Judge Lisa Gorcyca
Dear Commission Members,
Once again, social media has served up an unfounded attack on a member of the judiciary based on nothing but the shrill emotions of uninformed lay people. On behalf of the Executive Board of the Parent League and Advocacy Network, U.A (“PLAN”), I urge you to ignore the made-for-TV hysteria of a few special interest groups and find that Jugde Lisa Gorcyca acted properly when she recognized that the Tsimhoni children were victims of malicious brainwashing by their mother and ordered them to communicate with their father, something their mother desperately tried to prevent, not because of abuse or poor parenting, but because she purposely tried to alienate the father in order to punish him after the relationship ended. This situation, where one parent manipulates and controls children in order to exact revenge on the targeted parent and that parent’s extended family, is rampant in the United States, estranging whole families because one parent is allowed to degrade and alienate the other.
The Court of Appeals of Michigan has recognized the emotional harm that results when children are alienated from one side of their family by a parent bent on punishing the targeted parent or their family. In Keenan v. Dawson, the father of a young boy refused to let the maternal grandparents visit the child after the mother’s death. The father was suspected, and eventually convicted, of killing the mother. Not only did the father punish the mother by killing her, he continued with his hateful alienation of her family by refusing to let the maternal grandparents communicate with the boy. In finding that denying him access to his maternal grandparents would adversely impact the child’s mental and emotional health, the Court held that it is vital for a child to know about a parent’s medical history, lifestyle choices, and other behaviors that make each individual unique.
Clearly, the Court of Appeals recognizes that children are impacted in a deeply negative way when the targeted parent and that parent’s side of the family are maliciously alienated by the other parent. Judge Gorcyca recognized that the Tsimhoni children had already suffered emotional and mental harm as a result of their mother’s revenge-based alienation of their father and acted to prevent further harm to the children. Even though she did not actually kill their father, the mother set out to remove him and his family from the lives of the children. After hearing the disturbing facts of the case, Judge Gorcyca did what a competent judge does. She made the right decision in the face of uniformed pressure from the public, whipped up by agenda-driven ideologues. That she is now facing punishment for her sound legal reasoning and commitment to the judicial process because of the chattering class on social media is troubling.
In recognizing the disturbing level of manipulation employed by the mother, Judge Gorcyca was absolutely correct in comparing the children’s’ level of brainwashing to that of the Manson Family cult, because as reputable legal and mental health professionals have demonstrated, the parent who is doing the alienating is using the same mind-control techniques used in cults of every sort. Many psychologists have likened the effect of such mind control on children to the Stockholm Syndrome, a well-known disorder in which hostages eventually come to identify with their abductors. Other psychologists have studied the effects of parental alienation on children, and have discovered that in addition to identifying with the controlling parent, children who are being alienated from the other parent believe that the only way for the controlling parent to love the child is for that child to hate the targeted parent. This has documented long-term effects on the child as they mature to adulthood.
As much as it saddens reasonable people, young people are routinely placed in handcuffs for breaking the law. Children cannot choose which laws they will follow and which laws they will not. Nor can children refuse to see one parent or that parent’s side of the family when the parents are married or living together as a family, absent proven abuse. If this were the case, no child would ever have to visit an elderly or disabled relative. They could simply invoke their right to refuse to see certain family members. However, no such right exists. Judge Gorcyca demonstrated remarkable judicial fortitude when she refused to let the mother of the Tsimhoni children manipulate the Court in the same manner she had manipulated the children. In finding that the Tsimhoni children could not make the decision to cut their father and his side of the family from their life, Judge Gorcyca upheld the sound legal principles which recognize that children cannot consent to adult agreements or refuse to obey a court order.
The Commission should not bow to pressure from hysterical social media outlets and uninformed lay people. Judge Gorcyca demonstrated that she understands how the subtle manipulation used by the Tsimhoni children’s’ mother was damaging the children and their father. We are asking the Commission not to rush to judgment, but consider the emerging science that supports the growing number of mental health professionals who point to Parental Alienation Syndrome as a real and dangerous effect of the purposeful alienation of one parent and that parent’s family.
On behalf of the Executive Board of PLANTM, I thank you for allowing us to express our concerns on this serious issue.
Jerri L. Cook, juris doctor
PLAN Executive Director
Cc: The Honorable Lisa Gorcyca
 739 N.W.2d 681 (Mich. Ct. App. 2007).
 Ludwig.F. Lowenstein Ph.D, The comparison of parental alienation to the “Stockholm syndrome,”Southern England Psychological Services 2006, http://www.parental-alienation.info/publications/46-thecomofparalitothestosyn.htm (accessed December 17, 2015)
 Edward Kruk Ph.D. , The Impact of Parental Alienation on Children, Undermining Loving Parent-Child Relationships as Child Maltreatment, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/co-parenting-after-divorce/201304/the-impact-parental-alienation-children (Posted Apr 25, 2013).