The Brutal Truth for Jane and Janet Doe

The Brutal Truth for Jane and Janet Doe

(The times have sped up and people’s attention spans have shortened so it is rare to have such a lengthy article. Sometimes though there is great need to slow down and focus on the complexities and the sum of the parts. This article has been broken down into four sections which you are fortunate to have available all at once. Elsewhere this may not be the case. Please rise to the challenge that is truly warranted. The answer is unearthed with bringing it all together.)

Part 1 of 4
The Brutal Truth Organization

The Brutal Truth Organization was established for a number of reasons. Primarily it was to continue the work initiated within my feisty non-fiction book, The Brutal Truth. The work deals with the societal issue of bullying and misuse of power. The subtitle of the book, A personal exposé of the corrupt and abusive Canadian Government and its legal system, illustrates much of what it is about. The book includes my experiences that illustrate so well the systemic problem. Going beyond my experiences, in-depth analysis referencing numerous resources is included. Desiring to make negative positive, the book is very much solution-based.

The organization proposes to implement solutions through various means. Education is well at the top of the list. It is imperative to identify the problem accurately and to understand bullying; whether that be bullying in the schoolyard, workplace harassment, misuse of power by judges or lawyers or otherwise (and that is a very big otherwise), it is all basically the same problem, stemming from, and perpetuated by, the government and its legal system, through faulty laws and social norms.

The victim-blaming mentality and the lack of access to a fair and reasonable system are just a couple of aspects of this complex issue, which shows itself on all levels and facets of society. In simple terms the problem lies with the organizations and authorities whose mandate is to help, but they are not providing assistance; rather they are a hindrance, maintaining their own power, well-being and status quo. Education is a fundamental aspect, but the goal is to implement real changes to the entire system and give proper attention to the individuals who have been victimized by the unjust system.

Real solution requires a top-down approach. As with the question, which came first, the chicken or the egg? the order of operation can be difficult to determine, and thus could be considered all encompassing. For the Brutal Truth Organization to achieve its goals to help individuals and to change the corrupt system, it will need to do many things on many levels simultaneously.

As challenging as this is for many reasons, it is far from beyond hope. There is a universal shift occurring that addresses social justice. There are many individuals and organizations popping up and being very loud, and very active. There is incredible synergy happening.
I have had several individuals contact me in search of assistance. They are in search of a remedy to their specific problems but also to the greater problems they have discovered that underlie the root of their personal situations.

There are many things to consider when addressing the problems and delving into the solutions. One wishes not to further damage the injured victims. They have suffered enough. Often, though, recovery is not without pain. Often the journey is long and hard. Each case is different but I have noticed a particular prevalent sentiment that there is a strong desire for each story to be heard to prevent it happening to another — to help the well-being of society. Indeed it is through the telling of individuals’ stories collectively that we can identify correctly and then address appropriately the systemic problem of bullying and misuse of power.

Part 2 of 4
Jane and Janet Doe

The brutal truth for Jane and Janet Doe is certainly worth sharing. It will help illustrate the problem, orchestrate accountability and transform the system. It is also the intention of this article to find some real and concrete resolve for Jane and Janet.

I initially became aware by way of a voice message. It was a female voice enquiring if I was the same Marilyn Garshowitz who had written The Brutal Truth and if I had received an email regarding Jane and Janet Doe from a particular gentlemen. The message included all the necessary contact information for this man. I had not but was now able to contact this man and enquire.

I had a very pleasant telephone conversation with this older senior. He explained his fatherly like friendship with Jane and his endeavours to assist with Jane and her daughter’s situation. Greater societal concerns were also discussed. Afterwards he sent an email.

It included a brief introduction and the original email sent awhile back. The introduction included details that it had been sent to various media outlets, political personnel, women’s shelters, etc., with one local TV station picking up the story, but it basically went nowhere. He expressed gratitude for my interest and assistance offered, as well as best wishes for my worthy endeavour. His sentiments of desire for changes to our present society where the victims are not cared for were expressed. He also voiced his concern for Jane and Janet’s situation where proper correction had not been made.

The original email commenced with questioning the true face of the Alberta government with its concern regarding domestic violence and abuse (including system abuse) and led into asking for help for this mother and daughter who would be called Jane and Janet Doe. He included details of the government’s pretense of assisting, such as a list of government contacts approached for assistance.

Jane and Janet were survivors of many forms of abuse, including severe life-threatening domestic violence followed by system abuse by the government. The severity of the situation dictated that both mother and daughter required unpublished secure name changes. This was difficult and took years to achieve. Rebuilding a new life after serious abuse can not be minimized, and to do so under this security program necessitates leaving all past friends and family — more losses for the victims. There was no justice executed for their ordeal.

Jane and Janet did persevere and managed to create a new life under this protection act only to have their laborious efforts thwarted when two government employees publicized their highly confidential name changes in the Alberta Gazette. This placed the woman and girl in harm’s way.

The original email refers to the two employees as careless and negligent, but I find those adjectives unlikely to be correct. Having personally experienced the brutal corruption of the system, it is not difficult for me to believe that Jane and Janet were victims of a malicious act.

I mean, really, I am having a difficult time understanding how such an error could have occurred. One must consider the possibility that it was a deliberate act. Let me explain some important details provided by this gentleman to have me say such a thing. The information revealed in the Alberta Gazette revealed both their old names and new identities.

This is highly shocking for there was a direct order from the Alberta courts that the Vital Statistics office was to follow for the protection and safety of this family. The order was two pages in length and was described as uncomplicated. The two individuals who carry out the unpublished secure name changes do this on a regular basis and have done so for a number of years. The procedure and protocol was nothing new to them. So it really is unlikely to have just been careless or negligent. Truly, though, regardless if it was only negligence, the severity of the error and the resulting negative ramifications require restorative measures to be taken.

Looking at the actions, or rather more accurately in some aspects, what was not done, illustrates too well the continued abuse by the government. It is not by accident either. It is by design.

The Alberta government wrote an official letter of apology and removed the electronic version from the Internet, although it remains in the archives and the printed version also remains. This leaves opportunity for the perpetrator(s) to find and kill this family.

This is not sufficient action for what has occurred. The inactions, that followed can easily be seen as more abuse, if not also criminal. They have left the family in limbo by not resolving the issues the family has approached the government to resolve. The government speaks of having discussions and a settlement but do not follow through. It has been more than 17 months. The government plays a disgusting game to tire the already worn family so they will not be held accountable. I cannot stress enough how despicable a tactic this is and how it is so by design.

Part 3 of 4
Futile Quest for Government Assistance

In an attempt to resolve Jane and Janet Doe’s personal issues and to ensure governmental policies are extensively reviewed and changed so that it does not happen again, the family has gone to various governmental departments for the help that is supposed to be available.

The people and departments they have contacted include (as stated from the email I was sent):

AB Government Officials contacted during the past 17 months
• Kelly Hillier, Director Vital Statistics
• Rae Runge, Executive Director, Alberta Land Titles (Kelly Hillier cc’d him on one of her emails)
• The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta
• Honourable Frank Oberle, Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety
• Minister Heather Klimchuk, Service Alberta
• Alison Redford, Justice Minister
• Janet Skinner, Assistant Deputy Minister
• Les Speakman, Executive Director Land Titles/surveys Personal Property Registry (present with Janet Skinner, Jane and Janet Doe in a one-time face-to-face meeting in March 2010)
Canadian Official contacted
• The Right Honourable Michealle Jean, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M. C.D. Governor General of Canada (was sent prior to her leaving office. Six follow-up calls were made by the daughter to her office and no one responded either by phone or letter)
Recent Alberta Government officials contacted:
• Alberta Privacy Commissioner’s Office. A complaint was sent to the Privacy Commissioner and a response letter came back to the family on December 2, 2010 and postmarked December 3, 2010 stating that: “As the FOIP Act does not apply, I would have no jurisdiction to investigate your complaints…. However, even if I had jurisdiction to investigate this matter, I can only confirm that a disclosure occurred and required that Service Alberta stop disclosing your personal information…”
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. No response has been received to date from this department even though a copy of the letter sent to the Privacy Commissioner was also sent to them. A follow-up phone call was made by the mother to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and to date there has been no response.
They (family) were informed through an advocate that a “Settlement Offer” would be issued by the Alberta Government on August 31, 2010. This offer never came. To date, nothing is settled. Furthermore, no concrete negotiations have been received by the Government.

This list of those contacted and some brief summaries is imperative to include but alone does not adequately capture its significance. Further analysis is required.

A couple more lines within the email I received are also necessary for clearer understanding. These lines express that the family has tried everything they were advised to do by federal and provincial MPs and MLAs, including the official opposition, with nothing being achieved by these people — most did not care and left them in danger.

The email concludes with mentioning there are other ugly details that the mother and daughter are prepared to discuss in a private and confidential manner as to not publicly jeopardize their safety. It also expresses that it is with regret they have decided to go public as all other avenues have failed them.

Part 4 of 4
The Need for Accountability

The Canadian government is corrupt and abusive. I have experienced this first-hand as well as compiled other’s stories of injustices with the system. I don’t doubt that there are other very ugly details to Jane and Janet’s situation. Enough details have been given for me to understand. I do contact the family via their contact person to give comfort and reassurance that I can write something that proposes to lead to some resolution for them.

You see the conclusion that Jane arrived at — that there is no other avenue to go but to go public — is more accurate than the family may realize. Her feelings of regret, frustration and such are not uncommon for the position she is in. She is trying to be reasonable and follow the rules as she has been conditioned to do. She is trying to do the right thing; however she is being led on a deceptive path by her abusers with a pretense of assistance.

The authorities have taught her to be quiet and not tell. There are extensive details to this element of silence, such as feelings of shame, fear and pain, that need to be examined. Society has created an anti-snitch mentality. Society seemingly does not recognize abuse as the crime that it is but finds telling of abuse to be the crime.

The problem lies with the authorities being unreasonable and unfair to their very core. Jane is seeking help from the abusers. The laws do not apply to those in positions of authority. Supposed to though.

In Jane and Janet’s situation the authorities do not address the problem appropriately. They do not correct their error adequately. They do not settle. Instead of being responsible and caring for them as they are supposed to by law, they inflict more damage against Jane and her daughter. A large number of individuals, all who are part of the authority, collectively stoop her. They direct her to another saying this one will assist, wasting her limited resources of time, energy and money.

They are all doing a song and dance. No, the authorities won’t act reasonably with Jane and Janet as they are just too easy and vulnerable prey. For various reasons this family’s members are not considered significant — or human beings for that matter. The authorities are abusing their power as they are of the arrogant mindset of “what can we do about it?”

For Jane and Janet to get a lawyer to take the corrupted authorities to task is still much the same game being played. The problem with bringing a lawyer into the picture to rightly represent them is that the lawyers are not accessible for fair representation. Often lawyers are not affordable. In some cases the “rules” have been set up to disallow for lawyers but have allowances for another “authority”— again an authority figure whom is not truly set up for the care of the individual. And if one can manage to find an affordable lawyer with integrity, the lawyer may be fearful of retribution by the higher authorities in the courts. There are threats to them of being disbarred and/or other unethical tactics used. The lawyers are often limited by faulty, archaic laws and process disallowing for justice. The legal organization is truly big business and is for making money and maintaining their power and status and is without integrity and conscience as is the sociopath.

In lieu of Jane and Janet getting a lawyer, it would be even more appropriate to have charges laid by police and have these unscrupulous authorities hauled away and thrown in jail. This too is a difficult task for a multitude of reasons, from the social norm of not to question authority to actually finding police officers and departments that want to and are able to execute such. The system is so very broken.

So there is a basic problem of having those in authority being held accountable. For all the variations of details possible, it seems to be consistent that this lack of integrity, responsibility and accountability is really what it is all about.

It is so appropriate to have Jane and Janet Doe with unidentifiable names in this article for truly the problem is not theirs alone. It could be any of us that finds oneself in similar situation of being bullied and mistreated by the government. The focus needs to be on the bullies maintaining the problem, not the victims in our society.

It is for this that it is so important to include the list of individuals that were contacted. (See Part 3) It is about accountability after all! Many on this list are given the title of honourable and yet often there is little behaviour that elicits such respect. They represent themselves as having jobs to do particular work, and though they take the money they do not do what they have been hired for. They are frauds — a bunch of swindlers and much worse — if not by their own actions or inactions, certainly by their association.

The list of ministers and such contacted by Jane and Janet may seem to have not really done much bad. Indeed one stated that he does not have jurisdiction but even if he did he could only say to them to stop. He is simply stating his inability to assist. Why then has Jane been directed to go there by MPs and such? It is one of many tactics to subdue the victim and not be held accountable, and, as bullies often do, they inflict mental anguish knowing that it may push the victim to suicide.

The authorities are guilty of some serious and heinous crimes. They create laws to give them carte blanche so as not to be held responsible — albeit there are laws disallowing for such to happen. And there are many paid to keep these abusers safe and held from accountability for their crimes. Yes, it is that sick. And though there are some authorities sympathetic to bringing about the much-needed changes, they are going to need great assistance to make it happen.

There may be the viewpoint that there should be some compassion felt for these persons in positions of authority for if they were to suffer consequences such as being ousted from their jobs, or humiliation for being found out for crimes, it would destroy their careers, livelihoods and family lives. There is particularly more emphasis of concern for them if they are parents, for what about the negative effects on their children and who would financially care for these children? They may be even be having some personal challenges with health or loved ones or such. They might even be being abused themselves by someone at home or elsewhere. I don’t know these individual authorities listed — whether they have families or not or anything much for that matter, but I am aware of at least one from one of the offices on this list of contacts that could have been considered bullied by the Prime Minister of Canada.

There is a lack of reason for these individuals to act with good conscience and integrity.

I will speak up and provide some good reasons — some incredible motivation for them to change — to step up to the problem that is threatening the well-being of mankind. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

There needs to be pressure on them to act decently. Those who are supposed to be there for such do not. Rather there is a pretense that they are honourable, when really there is a system to protect them and allow them to be disgusting and dishonourable. The authority’s behaviour is akin to a father having incestuous relations with his daughter as well as akin to the priest that sodomizes the choirboy.

Our authorities are very much the problem and need to be held accountable. I am not alone in desiring this. There are many and more are joining exponentially. Our world is in crisis due to the problem of bullying and misuse of power. People are dying — even the children are dying and not just by being pushed to suicide. The crimes go deeper than this. There is evidence supporting that authorities are responsible and quite directly involved in the atrocities of child abuse, the world sex trade and genocide, among vast other crimes.

We need to communicate and educate on this subject extensively and make ways for change. If we focus on the intention of having a fair and equitable system, the means will become clear. The steps to take will show themselves.

There needs to be some pressure as the people of Egypt put on their president that sent him running. As the Egyptians pursue him to have him held accountable, Canadians too must have their officials and authorities within society be held accountable.

Jane and Janet stepped up with their story and their persistence to help educate and motivate to bring about change. Let us all get loud and persistent and committed to the necessary changes required. We must address both the micro and macro levels of bullying and misuse of power. Let us find some real solutions for Jane and Janet and others. Let us address the corrupt and abusive Canadian government and its legal system.

  1. Marilyn, this world needs more people like you. You give the true meaning of what it is to be a genuine advocate and voice for the people. The Jane and Janet Doe story is very powerful. You have stood in the gap for this family when others who have claimed to be Advocates turned their backs on a human life. What is the most uncomprehensible factor to understand is another human being turning away from anyone who asks for HELP, let alone a child.

  2. Thank you for your comments and taking the time to share them here. When you do this, it strengthens that which I have done (and others doing similar work for that matter) and brings the power of synergy forward. It is with this that we can bring about the much needed changes. We must be brave…and yet still enjoy the day. Please have a great day and again, thank you.

  3. Hi Mischa,

    Sorry I have not gotten back to you with any reply as yet. It is a great compliment what you say and a great deal of support comes from it. It is very hard work I do. But like many who go through similar experiences there is something positive to come of the negative if we are able to help others. We gain incredible insights and compassion others may not so easily come by. I must educate. There are many voices becoming loud…and the group grows and gets louder all the time. You do great work as well and may you maintain the strength to continue.

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