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Amber Dubois’ Father Expresses Outrage At The Courts

The father of slain teenager Amber Dubois blasted the court system today for releasing his victim-impact statement a day before his daughter's killer was to be sentenced.

Moe Dubois said a senior probation officer instructed him and longtime girlfriend Rebecca Smith to submit their statements five days in advance so they could be part of the court record.

The statements were released to the public and posted on the Internet last night.

Dubois said the release of the statements victimized him once again.

"I think this is baloney," Dubois said. "This should never, ever happen."

Dubois said the victim-impact statement is the one time victims get to "face their accused killer and tell them what they feel."

"No victim, who has the right to make the one victim-impact statement, should have that taken away from them," the father said.

Dubois spoke two hours before the sentencing hearing for John Albert Gardner III, 31, who pleaded guilty to raping and murdering his 14-year-old daughter and raping and killing 17-year-old Chelsea King of Poway.

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jam2009 | May 15, 2010 at 8:44 a.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

What about those who know or suspect abuse? What happens when someone has heard the treats and plans of an abuser tries to make a positive difference? Unfortunately, when a "good" parent or a child reports abuse, there are few people who will listen. In our case, I was divorcing an abuser so family court not only ignored my pleas to help my child but put her at risk by placing her with the abusive father. This is typical in family court. While the father is now in jail for sexually abusing minor girls under the age of 14, neither my child nor myself can forget the betrayal of the very authorities who were supposed to protect us. How many of those children could have led normal lives if only the authorities had listened? Statistically, abuse is enacted by a family member or friend. When it happens during custody battles, the child is often placed at risk by being placed with an abuser while the reporting parent is demonized and marginalized. What we need is a reformation to include ACCOUNTABILITY of authorities for their mistakes just as doctors are held accountable for their mistakes. It would make judges, social workers, and attorneys think before throwing a kid in the lions' den. There are victims who are TODAY being abused physically and sexually and are being emotionally terrorized by the experiences. What will happen if they try to report it? Will they be believed? I don't think so - especially if the parents are getting a divorce.

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