A CAMPAIGN group which supports people who are going through the hell of parental alienation are claiming a major success after a Father’s Day protest and march in Edinburgh.
Members of Dads Against Double Standards walked through the Scottish capital, starting at the Scottish Parliament and ending at Nicola Sturgeon’s residency at Bute House.
They also stopped-off outside Edinburgh Sheriff Court where members wearing shirts signed by thousands of members stripped to the waist as part of the group’s unique #shirtoffyourback protest.
It came about as a symbolic gesture towards family courts which the group say create parental alienation because of the restrictions they work under and the information given to them by over-cautious social workers.
Andrew John Teague, spokesman for the group, said: “It’s a gesture, a way of saying you’ve taken everything else off me now you can have the shirt off my back. We leave the shirts at family court buildings because the have the names of parents who have become alienated from their children written on them.
He said: “The event was a success. People were coming up and shaking our hands and we even got a round if applause.”
The marches will be touring the UK with one next month in Liverpool and Manchester. In August Andrew and others will set off from Swansea family court to walk to l to London which will take five days.
Parental alienation is the result, of the manipulation of a child into showing fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent or other family members. The march marks the first anniversary of D.A.D.S.
Andrew also revealed a touching side-story to the event. He said: “I was planning to go to Edinburgh on my own without my partner Sophie David.
She was worried about flying – and I mean worried – and I didn’t want her to feel like that.
But she insisted on supporting us all and managed to overcome her fears. Bless her, she had miles of smiles and she relinquished her fear in the process. Sophie does so much in the background for us all.”