We've all seen the claims on Facebook. The claims of wrongfully taken children who are placed into foster care, and how the system violated the rights of the parents. This isn't one of those articles. This article is from the perspective of one of those children, now grown. In this article, we are giving the raw details, the only omission will be to their name, as per request. The reasons behind this will be clarified by the end. We also want to state, that the actual story being told is word-for-word what they sent us. Though we've separated the story into categories, this is 100% their experience within the system.
34-year old, Brittany Rouleau, is sitting behind bars tonight. While it is the job of a parent to protect their children, she is accused of raping her 12-year old son in 2018. The Wichita Falls resident allegedly shared a bed with the child at the time the crime was committed. According to the victim, she began questioning the now eighth grader about masturbation as she undressed.
At some point, during the already uncomfortable conversation, she instructed the boy to do the same. It was, at this point, that forced herself onto the child. Afterward, she instructed the boy to clean himself and to tell nobody of what just transpired. She further informed the child that he could also get into trouble since he “accepted” it. It would take two years before he finally revealed what had happened. Upon telling another adult, he was immediately brought to police.
Shortly after his confession, Brittany was arrested. Though she initially denied the accusation, she later confessed to the act. According to reports, she had even confessed the act to a neighbor. Though she’s currently a resident of the county jail, no court date has been assigned at the time of this article.
It goes to say that there are many predatorial media platforms. Distorting or outright fabricating truths is not an uncommon element. However, you would never expect one of these platforms to target an aspiring musician, simply trying to share their musical compositions. However, that is exactly what Manorama News TV, a platform based in India, did.
As the hashtag “StandWithSophie” continues to go viral, it appears that it won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Though Sophie had been returned to her father, this was apparently only for a short duration of time. Sophie is reportedly being returned, yet again, to the very location to which she claims to have been abused. With this, I think it’s time to do a quick scoop on some of the involved, and a bonus tidbit, on those involved, or simply married to somebody who is.
Judge Cynthia/Ray Whelis
As you may already know, Judge Cynthia Whelis is the presiding judge for the 417th District court, located in Collins county, Texas. The infamous judge, at this current time, works within the family court system, to which she hears juvenile and child welfare cases. Shecurrently holds memberships within the State Bar of Texas, the Collin County Bar Association and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Plano, TX. Given how she has handled the entire Sophie case, it is disturbing to know that she is board certified in juvenile law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Judge Whelis, recently attempted to perform a complete blackout on the Sophie case. Threatening the father with jail, it is alleged that she had hoped to prevent the case from going viral. It was around this time that she allegedly stated that 9yo, Sophie, had made false allegations regarding sexual abuse from her mother’s boyfriend, Jacob. We’ll get into Jacob shortly.
Judge Whelis, upon disregarding the allegations being made, had returned Sophie to the very location to which she was being abused. It is, at this point, there was a national outcry against the judge. At one point, there was a petition, which was on Change.org, to have her removed from her positon. However, this petition has since been removed. Though she continues to get unwanted attention, she still remains on the Sophie case, a choice that may result in further harm to the child.
Ray Whelis, until recently, was also a judge. Though he once served in the Collins county courthouse, he would ultimately become a judge out of Dallas. The interesting thing that we discovered about him, was his involvement with a case, commonly associated with the hashtag “SaveJames.” According to a public records search, in 2007 this judged failed the certification exam in criminal trial law. in a 2009 application for a job as a state criminal-court district judge, heclaimed that he only failed because he was in the process of selling his home in previous months and “took passing the exam for granted.” Regardless of this fact, he would be allowed to remain on the bench, although he still remains uncertified in criminal law.
Blake P. Mitchell (PhD)
Dr. Mitchell is responsible for conducting evaluations for the court. It is also worth noting that the Dr. is not only a psychologist, but also an attorney. Currently, he is operating his own practice, “Blake P. Mitchell & Associates.” As with most doctors, he has multiple reviews online. With an average rating of around 3/5, one such review reads as follows:
He is biased and I can not recommend him, as it could cause a harmful outcome to a patients overall mental health.
Beyond conducting the evaluations on involved parties, it is currently unknown to what further extent he is involved with this case. We will try to update this if we are able to obtain such information.
The accused parties
There are two parties of primary concern within this case. Kelly, the mother, and Jacob, the boyfriend. According to Sophie’s allegations, Jacob is the man who has repeated abused her. The allegations continue with accusations that the mother not only encourages the abuse, but watches it. Since our last article, we have found that there are other things to be concerned about, in regards to Kelly.
In September, 2019, Kelly had made a frantic 9-1-1 call. During this call, she makes allegations of abuse from her boyfriend, Jacob. Bear in mind, this is before the sexual assault allegation was brought to light. Kelly had reportedly locked her children into a room, out of fear that Jacob would harm them. The only child who was not in this room, was an infant. Kelly mentions to the emergency operator that Jacob carrys a weapon on him. While this is generally not something we would mention, it is worth mentioning that Jacob is a convicted felon. This means, in order to have obtained said weapon, it is most likely that Kelly had bought it for him. Bear in mind, she would had known of his conviction. Within a few months of this event taking place, Sophie would make her allegations of sexual abuse. Given that the mother had made this frantic call, months prior but still remained with this man, she willfully placed her children in immediate danger. However, for the “great” and “honorable” judge, this held no merit in her choice to return these children to this home.
The nation continues to closely monitor this circus of a case. With the complete incompetence from the judge, to the lack of protection from the mother who should had done so, we can only hope that these children are finally united with the one man who has risked it all for them, their father. Though I am excited about writing the article, announcing their safe return, we are currently left with many unexpeted twists. It is abundantly clear that the father is fighting a bias judge, who’s actions clearly favor the mother. But it was these actions that has given him an entire virtual army, fighting a corrupt war for the safety and welfare of a child.
Over the years, I have come across some horrific CPS cases. None can even compare to the case that I’m writing about within this article. When looking into this case, it’s clear that there is a serious problem within the family court system. Sadly, for this 9yo child, there doesn’t appear to be any form of help from the very agency that was charged with protecting her from the very situation she is currently enduring. Before we dive into this, please be aware that this article may have some material that is graphic. If you are a sexual abuse victim, and are easily triggered, it is strongly advised to skip reading any further. Our goal in sharing this information is to try and get this girl some assistance, before it’s to late.
As with any sexual abuse case, there is always the accuser, the one who brings the abuse to light. In this instance, Sophie, a 9yo child, is the accuser. According to the child, she is constantly subjected to domestic violence, sexual grooming, and most recently molestation and rape. According to her, these are crimes being committed by her mother’s boyfriend, Jacob. However, the plot twist to all of this comes the other portion of her accusation: not only is the mother aware of abuses, she partakes in it, and has even encouraged it. While the accusations are being contested, it is very unlikely that this child is simply fabricated this. The evidence comes in how her story has not only remained consistant, but video evidence that clearly demonstrate how the girl reacts to going back to her primary residence. Simply put, this is not natural.
Due to the incompetence of the family court judge, the grandmother, and Sophie’s own mother, the father began a campaign in attempt to rescue his daughter. While a GoFundMe has been started, in attempt to raise money for legal fees, the family court judge is accused of abusing her powers. In a diabolical twist, she is allegedly trying to prevent the father from having access to any donated funds. If you aren’t aware, this could be classified as a constitutional violation as she is impeding his ability to gather funds for legal representation, something to which he is entitled to. As all of this is going on, the father had done a livestream. Forced by the judge, who cited “mental trauma” to the child, the father was forced to remove the videos. However, there is a mirrored version which can be watched here.
Currently, although the allegations arose from a 9yo child, it appears that she is being ignored. Upon learning of the public outcry, the judge, who has shown herself to be incompetent, placed a gag order. In a recorded video of the court session, she makes a threat of arressting anybody who continues to share the information. With that thought in mind, our platform clearly was going to challenge that. But this threat leaves the question as to rather or not the judge can do this. Simply put, no. While the judge can place a gag order on the family, this judge is trying to put an order against anybody who speaks of the situation. This brings up a lot of jurisdictional problems. Meanwhile, the court system, and CPS, accuse the girl of lying. Sadly, this is an all to common occurance.
With no CPS, court, or even police assistance, there is much concern for the safety and life of this young child. Though there has been a court, relating to this very subject, the judge still found it to be in the “best” interest of the child if she remained with her mother. This entire case has shown not only incompence of this judge, but also the incompetence of the police and CPS workers involved. What’s even more appauling is the one man who is trying to rescue this girl, is also the man the court is threatning with jail. Perhaps, in this case, it is the judge, caseworkers, mother, and boyfriend who should obtain such a delightful concrete room.
If you ask any journalist they will most likely tell you, “journalism isn’t an easy job.” This is especially true when it comes to reporting on predators and scammers. Journalist, Meko Haze of discuss global, has been reporting on the lengthy criminal activities of the 501(c)4, “Punished for Protecting (P4P.) While we have, in the past, covered articles on this very organization, we have never gotten the backlash that he has endured.
P4P alleges that they are an advocacy group. Desperate families, who utilize their services, quickly learn that this “nonprofit” organization is anything but nonprofit. With excessive fees, that range into the thousands, families are given false hope and misinformation by this group; that is just the tip of this iceberg.
The information provided to these families falls into the category of “sovereign citizenship.” If you are unfamiliar with what this is, here is a brief explanation. In short, they believe in “God’s law.” They do not recognize any laws passed by the courts, and are recognized by the government as being a terrorist group. P4P had been exposed countless times for spreading this sort of information, alongside false affadavits. This is where our article picks up, regarding Meko Haze.
Following what is clearly his moral convictions, Meko began a campaign of sharing information. The information discussed how P4P’s founder, Francesca Amato, alongside several others, were breaking multiple laws. Unlike our platform, Meko did get retaliation. While most of it has been the typical nonsense we journalists deal with daily, the group decided to step it up a level.
The accused initially claimed that the journalist was, in fact, paid by CPS to derail their movement. We have found nothing that proves the claim. What we did find, sadly, is the claims didn’t end there. Other claims included child trafficking, pedophilia, and even being a fraud himself exist. This failed to silence Meko.
Earlier tonight, I watched a live video broadcasted by Meko. The video took a rather disturbing turn when Robert Slaven, boyfriend of Amato, joined the comments. Though being given multiple oppurtunities to call-in live and be interviewed, Slaven declined. Instead, he left a variety of comments that contained implied threats of bodily harm against the journalist.
While it was clear that Slaven intended to proclaim innocence of the various crimes, some being felonies, his actions only further harmed that notion. Another fact that has harmed them stems from the families they claim to have helped. We have seen cases in which the families spoke against the organization. One such case came from overseas. While a relative lives in the States, P4P took $5000 from an elderly couple. Worst of all, it didn’t stop there. After violating a “stay at home” order, due to the SARS-CoV-2 situation, the organization demanded an additional $3000 from the couple.
With the nation being in a state of shutdown, including courts, this leads me to not only ask, “why did they really go to California?” But also, “where did the money really go?” It is estimated that a trip to California, from New York, would only cost around $1000. This meams, if they really went as they claim, there is a lot of money unaccounted for.
This is the same conclusion, Meko had come to. The same conclusion that has gotten him threats of bodily harm from alleged P4P representatives. Beyond that, it has also gotten the police called.
Recently, Meko attempted to reach out to Amato, using the number she claims is for her organization. After answering the phone as her organization, Meko speaks. At this point, she tells him to never call her personal phone again, insults him, and abruptly disconnects the call. This call lead her to file a police report against the journalist. This report brings about a few problems, however.
To start, by answering the phone as your organization, she is not claiming it as a personal number, as she attempted to claim. Furthermore, by filing the report with police, she is willfully making a false accusation. To be a legitimate claim, he would of had to call her personal number. Since he made the call during a live video, her claim can be easily disproven, and I hold no doubt that it will be.
There is a fine line between harassing a journalist and outright conducting in criminal activity against one. When that line is crossed, it is time for accountability. I have no doubt that Meko has already gathered evidence to use in court, nor do I doubt his integrity. What I do doubt, is an organization, that claims to be for children, exploiting families and bullying those who speak out. Both of these are actions P4P are guilty of. If you would like to read more on this organizations, articles are linked below.
Youtube is a place of many cultures, religions, and video types. With millions of people uploading and livestreaming, contraversy is an absolute. A video circulating around on Twitter has created a contraversy of its own. The video, which was captured from the Youtube channel, “Amy’s life journey,” appears to show what many are coining as child abuse and neglect. The video clip is below.
Shortly after this clip begins, a child is heard crying. Through other videos, we were able to confirm the child to be approx two years in age. Rather than attending the child, Amy continues the video, completely ignoring the cries. However, this quickly changes when the child abruptly screams. Amy is seen putting her phone down, a smack is heard, and we hear her yelling at the toddler.
Upon further investigation, we found several occurances to which could be classified as questionable. In multiple videos, Amy is seen making a video while driving, a situation from which has already taken the lives of multiple people. However, in these instances, children are in the vehicle with her. Photos can be seen below.
While the first video,we have shown, is what has people outraged, the photos show a disturbing pattern. By filming these videos, when she should be focused on driving, Amy has willfully placed her children in immediate danger. It’s common knowledge that distracted driving has cost lives in the past. In fact, you can find livestreams to which the streamers have died in accidents. While people are outraged by the initial video shown, they should be further outraged by the habitual pattern of neglect and endangerment to her children.
We have reached out to Amy for comment. As of this time, we have gotten no reply. Should this change, however, we will update this article.
The above images were collected from a variety of tweets. While some images we took ourselves, WoC does not claim any credit for the vast majority. We felt having evidence in one location would be of a bigger benefit for all.
We are making this disclaimer for legal purposes due to the content: This article is not intended to defame, slander, attack, or harm any individuals or their organizations. This is an opinionated article, written to express an opinion regarding the “family rights movement” as a whole.
By now, most people are very much familiar with the “Family Rights Movement.” While, on the surface, we know it as the movement dedicated to the ratification, or expulsion, of CPS/DFS, there is a much deeper element that lurks within. This article is going to discuss why the movement, to many of us, is viewed as being a complete failure. However, we are going to at least play fair, we will highlight some of the good that has arisen from it over the years. Within this article, we are going to be covering a few core issues:
- Artificial advocates
- Fabrication of information
The three categories are among the most serious issues I have witnessed within this movement. In fact, these issues are a big contributor as to why our platform completely removed itself from this arena, only touching on it if certain criterias were met. For instance, if an individual was causing people financial, emotional, or even harm to their case, we covered it. Sadly, that in itself has changed upon completion of this article.
Within the movement, emotions are one of the biggest contributors to this segment of the article. The thing to understand, in defense of the movement, is most of these people are hurting in a very deep way. However, that isn’t always the case. Spending just a few moments looking into the various groups, pages, and even personal pages, the disfunction becomes quickly apparant.
For the sake of simplicity, we are going to divide the movement into three categories: victims, advocates, and advcoate victims. While this may appear insignificant, it is, in fact, critical. The victims within the movement are families who have lost their child(ren.) Rather their case is currently opened, or was previously so, they are the ones seeking a variety of support. Many of these people allegedly have PTSD. For an advocate, it’s reccomended that they have training in this area. However, most don’t. To handle somebody who has been through such a traumatic event, with no training, is nothing short of a reciepe for disaster.
Among some of the other issues, is the constant bickering. Within the movement there is a lot of “he said/she said.” Where most other movements try to vet this sort of thing out, the Family rights movement has failed in an epic way. On nearly every group, page, etc. that relates to this movement, it is almost assured that there will be some form of drama. The drama varies from “exposures,” which are highly debatable for a variety reasons, isolation of “undesired” individuals, and the list goes on. While there are close groups within the movement, if you’re not one of those individuals, it is best to simply keep the list of people you trust to a bear minimum.
Within the movement there is a radical mentality of “perfection.” What this means is that certain individuals, or groups, are harshly targeted for minor mistakes, where others are simply forgiven. For some people, this means that no matter what, at some point they are going to get the short end of the stick. The short end of this stick comes in a variety of forms. A person could be isolated with the loss of those they considered friends. Furthermore, they could be berated in public, in the form of videos. And, to add onto this, they may get a combination of videos while their names are being dragged through the dirt on a variety of pages, though we have not seen this done to an innocent person in sometime.
Now, if the above section isn’t “ramming a harpoon into the bear,” this segment just may do that. An artifical advocate is a person who, online, proclaims to be an advocate. However, if a person claims to be the Pope, does that make them such? To be considered an advocate, one must have training, or at least a great deal of knowledge of family law. Within the movement, there are a lot of people who make claims of knowing this, and thus making them an advocate. However, very few of them are being honest. For many families, this becomes a game of “Russian Roulette.” If you are seeking an advocate, we always suggest conducting research into the individual first. If you fail to do that, get the wrong “advocate,” your case may have a closing that is not what you expected.
Now, we are going to tie the “advocate victim” into this section. An advocate victim is a person who has been through the system. In many cases, they use this background to suggest that they know about the system; that is not true. While there are some good people out there, who have conducted research, you want to ensure that you find the right person for you. This type of “advocate,” however, does have one advantage: They know what moves CPS/DFS may make. For this reason, it isn’t always a bad idea to casually speak to a willing participate about this subject.
Fabrication of information
One of the worst things I have seen personally, over the years, is outright fabrication of information. Generally, this coinsides with a “smear campaign.” A smear campaign is the malicious, and willful, bullying to ruin a person’s reputation. This is a vicious but very rampant issue within the movement. The source of this usually derives from speculation. For instance: Person A sees you speaking to Person B. Person A doesn’t like person B. Regardless of your personal opinion of person B, person A begins to make accusations that you somehow “work” for person B. Generally, these campaigns are conducted with malice intent, lack of knowledge, or a simple lack of communication. Regardless, they cause the targeted individual emotional distress.
In other instances, partial truths are given out. Within the movement, over the years, this has been seen more than once. In fact, at one time, this was almost an epedemic. A partial truth is when an individual knows the entire story, but chooses to use words that are intended to make the target look bad. Regardless of the reasons why, the target is the one who suffers from this ignorant. In nearly every one of these issues, rarely is the intended target allowed to speak in their defense. Generally, they are forced to watch their names, pages, or groups get strung out on a rope. Occassionally, however, they are able to speak. This usually happens when the situation is being done via postings. However, more times than not, friends are lost and nobody listens.
There are people out there who will scam you for money, ruin your case, and think nothing of it. There are people who don’t know what they are doing, who intend to help. However, there are people who do truly mean well, will have your back regardless of the cost. On my personal Facebook, for instance, I have surrounded myself with these people. Some I have known for awhile now, some I am still getting to know. For all of them, however, their actions speak. Over the years I have lost many friends, while that is never easy, I don’t fret it for to long. These are the people who, ultimately, had proven themselves to be “flaky,” “toxic,” or simply those with ill intent.
If you are lucky, you will find those who will have your back.; this is one of the biggest highlights to the movement. You may find the advocate who helps you get your child(ren) home, I personally know of some who can-and will. The Family rights movement has dozens of severe issues. However, within the mix of those issues, there are a few good people; those people are the ones worth keeping.
For our platform, this is most likely the last time we will ever write about this movement. While there are a few things good, it is often very difficult to write articles such as this; this is especially true when you know there are good people within the movement. Furthermore, we don’t feel there is anymore benefit to touching on this subject any further as it has, over the years, spoken for itself. Rather that be good or bad, that is truly up to individual perception. With all of this being said, we are closing this chapter.
As you have probably figured out from the title, this is most likely the last article we are going to cover on this subject. While it is our goal to protect vulnerable families from those who may potentially cause them harm, we can only beat this dead horse so many times. For those who have followed our platform, you are most likely aware of the alleged “non-profit” organization, “P4P.” Punished 4 Protecting, which was founded by Francesca Amato-Banfield, is an organization that has been under fire for sometime now. The reasons for such scrutiny vary for many reasons. This article is going to cover, not only this questionable organization, but its founder as well.
Punished 4 Protecting
Punished 4 Protecting was founded in early 2018. While this alone has no merit, it does in that Francesca Amato claims to have been around for many years, that is the only claim she makes that is factual. According to Amato, P4P is a “non-profit” organization. As a matter of fact, the below image is one to which makes such claim.
As stated, she claims to be a “non-profit.” What exactly does that entail? To be classified as a non profit, an organization has to be a 501(c)3. Organizations of this nature are tax exempt. However, with “P4P” one simple issue arises; it’s not a 501(c)3.If anything, it would be a 501(c)4. This sort of organization is defined as, “an organization that is not geared for profit and operated exclusively to promote social welfare. However, her organization is neither of these. It is incorporated and as such, cannot be a 501(c)3 or 501(c)4, We covered this issue in one of the first articles regarding Francesca’s organization. You may read the article, Sorry: 501c3 not found.
When looking at the “P4P” site, you will notice another contradiction. Looking at the name, it has one slight flaw that disproves it being a “non-profit.” The minor issue is simply “inc.” If that doesn’t sound like anything critical, it actually is. It is because an organization cannot be incorporated and be a non-profit; it is either a corporation, or a non-profit, it can’t be both. While this could be argued as a simple oversight, looking into the list of New York’s registered non-profit organizations, one organization is missing: Francesca’s.
The above image brings fourth another problem. In the same post, Francesca, the family advocate, actually threatens Ashley Cooper with CPS. Now, for an individual who is “bringing down the system,” wouldn’t this be a bit counter-productive to her cause? If anything, it does demonstrate what lengths Francesca is willing to go to silence anybody who opposes her. Given the dialogue, one can presume that Francesca is fully aware of who Ashley is. Though this is also useless by itself, it plays into something we will be covering shortly.
As we have stated, Francesca is a woman that has been encircled with controversy since 2017. With a variety of articles and YouTube videos, she has been repeatedly accused of being a con-artist. Furthermore, there have been many accusations regarding her friendships with registered sex offenders. In recent times, she faced accusations of spreading “sovereign citizenship” ideologies. One such example, comes from early 2019. Francesca Amato, alongside her typical group of associates, had a “one cure fix all” affidavit. While they claimed this affidavit worked, no evidence has ever been produced to validate this claim.
In the first image we presented, it is clear that Francesca seems to know about Ashley’s case. Furthermore, she alleges to know enough to even know who the caseworker. However, in this most recent image, she is seen asking, “Who are you?” and, “Again who are you?” This question is a complete 180 from the original image. How does one implicate to know about another’s case if they don’t even know who that individual is to begin with? The fact that a self proclaimed advocate would resort to, what is essentially a form of blackmail, to silence anybody who speaks out against her, has only added to the controversy surrounding her.
Francesca Amato-Banfield, as we can tell from our research, is not an advocate. The amount of controversy, damaging information provided by her, and various other forms of questionable deeds has many people raising a brow. If the controversy isn’t about her directly, it surrounds her associates. One example of such is David Jose who, according to many people, takes money from a victim and then proceeds to block them. As if that isn’t enough, photographic evidence shows him illegally withdrawing funds out of bank accounts. If you intend to use an advocate to fight your case, do your research. Don’t just pick the first beautiful flower you see, it may be toxic.
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