That may sound like an exaggeration to some.
But it’s a fact.
In the last two weeks, the twitter account @daddyduwsf has reached 1million people, according to the twitter stats alone.
A year ago, when we began turbo-charging the online social media, one of our affiliated sites, PNP, received 7 or so views per post per day. It now receives nearly 200 on the back of much hard work and effort and support from our network.
Of course, we would all prefer to be focused on something else and not to need any form of awareness raising or to rest the voices of protest demanding change. We would very much prefer not to be needed because change would simply have happened and the rights and responsibilities of our children would be properly respected by both parents.
But we so haven’t reached that point yet, sadly!
The journey is just getting started, really.
Because attached to each of those 1 million voices, is a parent or family member, with a heavy heart, eyes red from grieving for a child so loved and yet so distant.
Given the insidious nature of PA, the online presence and courage of those affected is humbling.
While there will always be the armies of detractors and constant skirmishes with the selfish, the narcissistic, the attention seekers, the profiteers and the flying monkeys, we’ve seen off most of them now.
The outpouring of support for one another online is touching. As is the fact that it is growing as the scale of the problem accelerates.
As people’s feedback suggests, in some cases it has been life-saving.
Thank you for the messages and the encouragement.
But to conclude, I thought I should share the words of a trusted anti-PA warrior only this morning:
“Not sure if I’m imagining this or it is wishful thinking but there do seem to be more and more examples of children reaching out or reunifications happening as a result of the persistence and love of the parents.”
Well, I’m not sure about the statistics, but if we reunify one child for every 100 messages, then let’s type until our fingers run red and shout until our voices are hoarse and sore.
Please note: We will be happy to feature content along similar lines from our community, so if you need a platform, do contact us.
Likewise if you feel you need support with reunification in any way. If we can’t help you ourselves we may well know someone who can.