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Posted in: American father wins custody of daughter taken to Japan See in context

I am disturbed by the level of rhetoric on this issue and the assumption of the father always being the "victim". There is another level to this in that in many of these cases, this is not the whole picture. As a social worker, I have seen many of these situations wherein the mother flees to her home country due to spousal abuse. This includes abuse of the children as well. Many are in untenable situations where their husbands - due to being a native of the country they presently live in, and superior language skills - have the upper hand in legal situations wherein the wife has little ability. Please remember that it's not always a case of the mother being in the wrong. Just recently in Vancouver, Canada, there was a very similar case. The husband has been very good at presenting an image as a victim of an abduction, but in discussions with the wife before she fled, it became clear that he was physically and emotionally abusive. Just something to think about before we all pass quick judgement on the situation. Just think about this from the point of view of a person in the woman's shoes. What would you do had the situation been reversed:

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