4th Annual Parental Alienation Awareness Day continues to Shed
Light into the darkness of Parental Alienation
on: April 24, 2009, 5:46 am
Alienation Awareness Organization
April 23, 2009 – Nearly everyone knows a couple who has
divorced and used a child against the other parent. But not many
people know there’s a name for such behavior--and fewer
still know it is a particularly damaging form of child abuse.
4th Annual Parental Alienation Awareness Day on April 25, 2009
is set as a day for families around the Globe to help raise awareness
about this rampant global issue. Many countries, states, provinces,
and cities have already proclaimed April 25 to be Parental Alienation
Awareness Day, and many educational and family events are set
to take place in cities in North America, Europe, South America,
Australia, and New Zealand. .
Alienation is defined as a set of behaviors exhibited by a parent
or an adult the child trusts, that puts the child in a very damaging
loyalty bind between the people they love. These behaviors can
be as mild as the occasional badmouthing of a parent, but in extreme
cases may lead to parental Abductions and even Parental Homicide.
shows that children exposed to Parental Alienation may suffer
a lifetime of low self esteem, and depression as well as substance
abuse, anxiety, and difficulty trusting anyone or forming lasting
pattern of alienation usually begins without any malicious or
conscious intent to harm the relationship between the other parent
and the children,” explained Sarvy Emo, Founder of Parental
Alienation Awareness Day. “Parents are often unaware of
how subtle behaviors and comments can put children in a loyalty
bind that is not only harmful to their emotional and mental health,
but may affect their relationship with the targeted parent.”
the hurt, the anger, the shame and the pain would never go away.
I could numb it and put it in the back of my mind but it never
went away. It comes out in how I am as a mother, a spouse, a friend.
In the decisions I’ve made, in almost everything I do.”
Says an adult who experienced Parental Alienation as a child.
Alienation Awareness Organization urges family members, and the
people that surround a child’s life to watch for the children
perceiving one parent as causing the other parent’s financial
problems, showing a sudden negative change in attitude around
one parent or being uncharacteristically belligerent around a
parent or other authority figure.
To learn more about PA and Parental
Alienation Awareness Day, visit
To learn more about Parental Alienation and Hostile Aggressive
Parenting, visit www.paawareness.org
Contact Details: Parental Alienation Awareness