Looking back at the long walk for justice over our children

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The long trek had taken its toll but Andrew John Teague met up with a number of other Parental Alienation campaigners in London and fulfilled his pledge to take their fight to the seats of power in the capital.

Andrew, from Swansea, had walked into London ahead of schedule and  estimated with practice marches he’d clocked-up more than 500 miles.

He said, afterwards: “My feet  are blistered, my shins are a pain, so are the tops of my legs and the front and backs of my feet …  my feet absolutely hate me.”

But despite the agony he continued to walk with at least 30 other supporters through the streets of London to the doorsteps of power in Downing Street and Westminster.

The walk has been attacked on social media by people who claim it is only being made on behalf of fathers facing parental alienation. However, Andrew has been wearing different coloured shirts along the way to make a silent statement about who the syndrome causes heartache for.

He has worn pink t shirt to represent daughters and granddaughters, blue for sons and grandsons, white for mums, black for dads and red for grandparents and extended families.

And Andrew and his fellow walkers were hailed as heroes.

One woman said: “By time he hit London the man was in agony bless him. But never once complained, I applaud him and other fathers who walked.”

The D.A.D.S (dads against double standards) Facebook site was filled with similar messages of support.

The London march was the culmination of a year-long campaign by the 20,000 members of D.A.D.S and other groups in the UK – and across the world – to get the Parental Alienation recognised as a criminal offence.

Still nursing the blisters from his walk, Andrew said: “Changing laws doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time and sadly its our children who suffer.

“We need to educate people and we need to push for reform. It boils down to our rights as parents and the rights of our children to be in a loving relationship with both the people who brought them into the world.”

Just over a year ago Andrew, his partner Sophie David and a group of people who had lost contact with their children, got together and began fighting back, fighting the parents who alienated them, fighting the social workers who stack the odds against them, fighting the courts which are guided by the social workers and fighting the indifference their plight is met with by society.

The first thing they did was set up the Facebook page, D.A.D.S (dads against double standards) and their social media quest to tell the world had begun. Many other groups across the UK and the world are making their own protests

Members of D.A.D.S have been carrying out major campaigns including The Shirt off My Back where campaigners gather outside their local court house and leave a shirt festooned with the names of parents who have lost contact with their child as a protest.

Dozens of court houses across the UK have become focal points for these peaceful protests.

Parental alienation happens when a child, usually one whose parents are in a high-octane separation or divorce, allies himself with one parent and rejects the other without justification.

The real tragedy is that parental alienation can damage the mental health of children who can be riddled with guilt, sadness, low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence.

The new DVD will focus on the damage parental alienation has on the minds of children.
Andrew said: “We have got some of the UK’s leading experts in parental alienation on board and they are helping us in many ways but one of the main focuses at the moment is to get this educational video made so we can tell those in power in their own homes and their offices exactly what this awful syndrome does to our children.”

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