Ever since the Dash Poet, Linda Ellis, made a smear post of me (under the “anonymous” handle of “Good Prevails”) on RestrainingOrderAbuse.com (ROA), Todd and I have had a nice email and online dialog the past week. We have been discussing how abusers hijack the local judicial system by manipulating local judges into handing out inappropriate, wrongful, and overstepping protective orders. Reading the ROA website has broadened my view of the protective/restraining order system. It is largely unregulated, executed with very little oversight, and more common than most people realize because (similar to small claims court) they are primarily represented by “pro se” parties who don’t how the legal system works.
Nevertheless, even when you do understand the system, such as the case with myself and Oscar Michelen (my legal advisor), there are still pitfalls, minefields, and uncertainty that occur.
Last week, I wrote about how the ROA website delivered my “Ah-ha!” moment last year in my own Georgia Supreme Court appeal concerning an overbroad, overstepping protective order placed upon me. Because of the long-lasting impact of ROA’s contribution to my research during one late night in July 2014 during the late wee hours, I offered to write a guest blog post for Todd and his ROA website as a way to give back to him and his readership. He was gracious and did not place any restrictions on what I could or should write about.
After I agreed and promised Todd I would get it written within a few days, my mind went blank. I realized that I had a dilemma. My mental block was not whether or not I had any material to write. The problem was I had way too much I wanted to write about! Nevertheless, I gave some thought to what his readership might “want” or “need”. I wrote a guest blog post that largely dealt with my mindset, how I think and react to injustices, and use it to galvanize me into action, not slink away quietly in shame or embarrassment.
Instead of a complete rehash what I wrote, I recommend that you directly visit ROA and read my guest blog post there. It is applicable in many areas of life.
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