The online presence of those affected by parental alienation is both immense and awe-inspiring. In terms of statistics, typing ‘parental alienation’ in to Google presents one with 1,170,000 results. #PAS on Twitter reaches an audience of 2,107,036 twitter accounts. There is an incalculable number of alienated parents across the developed world passionately campaigning, advocating and pleading online for some kind of social change that will effectively challenge the abuse that is parental alienation.
I myself have now become an active participant of this online community that I previously never knew existed. Like any other topic online, there is a communal sharing of experience, ideas and knowledge. However the outpouring of support for one another online is beyond words. Such support for one another is invaluable, crucial and without doubt in some cases life-saving.
An alienated parent recently tweeted his comparison of the evil of parental alienation to the Star Wars saga. ‘A battle between good and evil, an attempt to fight against the dark side’ he wrote with a tragic sense of irony. Last week I read a tweet by an alienated parent rather poignantly stating ‘none of us knew about this until it happened to us.’ In my case this humble blog of mine is simply one of an incalculable number of blogs written by alienated parents. Each blog a heartfelt testament to the lengths an alienated parent will go in order to simply seek contact with their own children.
In terms of my own experiences of parental alienation, I would not be able to fight this battle alone. Such circumstances allow you to discover who you can truly rely on in times of extreme need. I have written in the past of how grateful I am of the amazing support and love of my parents, partner and closest friends. Never have I experienced such love and support.
However I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the online community of those affected by parental alienation. From the smallest show of support, to the direct/private messages, to the international phone-calls I have received from those individuals who reach out and give invaluable support and advice at the drop of a hat.
At the risk of making one too many Star Wars references, it was George Lucas who once said “the best way to pursue happiness is to help other people. Nothing else will make you happier.”