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Believe The Child Campaign
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September 7, 2020 

My Friends,

It has been a long time. I had no choice but to stay off the internet at the request of law enforcement. I was also being stalked and threatened during Jp Gillain's incarceration, by his family members, his lawyers, and his supporters, so I declined them a forum by staying off the internet.  

While the threats continue, I will not be silent.

My son's father, JP Gillain, which you may have seen in the news, was held in Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Louisiana for four months on felony counts of first degree forcible rape and incest of our own son when our son was only 2 and 3 years old. The Jefferson Parish District Attorney ultimately did not prosecute the case, despite having two videotaped forensic interviews in which my son described the forceable rape and other sexual abuse of him by his father. I am told that winning a conviction on only the word of a seven year old has a very low success rate, so Jp Gillain was released and the case will be reopened only if more evidence, like other victims or accomplices or physical evidence, comes to light.

Now Jp Gillain is back in Los Angeles, while my son and I live in Louisiana, and he is actively seeking custody in the Los Angeles family court. He will stop at nothing to get his victim, our son, back in his hands so he can abuse him and punish him for telling.

My lawyer and I stopped the abuse when we ended Jp Gillain's legal and physical custody with various orders starting in October 2018, and a Domestic Violence Restraining Order in July 2019. We could not go to trial while Gillain was under investigation, first by the FBI, then DCFS, then LAPD, and then finally Jefferson Parish Sherrif's Office in Louisiana. Gillain requested continuances when he was incarcerated. 

I am grateful to all of you for selflessly giving me financial assistance and well wishes. I am deeply touched by your individual stories shared here and more privately with me on email. 

I am fighting this, and I promise to keep my son safe. He has been free from abuse since he was returned to me from his father's custody February 13, 2019. You have all given me the resources and the strength to do that. My son is getting stronger and stronger every day. He wants to report his father in every jurisdiction where Jp raped him and he is strong enough now to do that. That is another reason Jp Gillain wants custody. He wants to silence his victim.

Today I am renewing this campaign.

As promised, I directed that my lawyer convert this campaign to a nonprofit organization, and we are doing that. Your contributions will assist us in our public education efforts until the campaign is a fully operating non-profit. The non-profit will also provide public education, in addition to legal assistance to women and children like me and my son. 

Please stay safe during COVID. Please be kind to your neighbors. Please love one another. Please support social and racial justice. We are all in this together.

Please give to this campaign if you can. The fight does not end with me or with my son. We are in this to change the way the system treats the youngest victims and the non-offending parent.

We are in this to move the culture forward, to a place where we can say that we live in a country where we Believe The Child.

Love,

Zoe

 

January 31, 2020   UPDATE:    (Please email me directly with your personal stories and messages and let me know if I may post them here. BelieveTheChildCampaign@gmail.com)

Dear Friends,
I first want to thank each and every one of you who have donated here, who have shared your stories, who have offered your prayers and support. Thank you for believing my son. Thank you for giving of yourselves to Believe The Child Campaign to protect children victimized by child sexual abuse, starting with my own son.
When I started this campaign three months ago, I was at the end of my resources and almost at the end of my faith. Every penny I had went to pay for my own son's treatment and to keep a roof over our heads. I asked for help to pay for the legal costs and fees in protecting my son from sexual abuse. Your gifts paid for my son's court ordered attorney and helped to reimburse my own attorney for the many costs fronted by the firm for services that protected my son in the face of constant litigation by his father. Your gifts helped me over a short but very difficult period of time. 
My son's abuser-father has now been arrested and is in custody. A criminal prosecution is underway and I have full faith and confidence in the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office in Louisiana. I believe that they will ensure justice for my son. There are protective orders in place protecting my son and protecting me. I feel we are safe now. It is time for me to go back to work, and I am ready.
I have faith again. I have faith that my son will get better. I have faith that justice will be served. I have faith in each of you. I have faith that going public in my time of need will lead to helping others. To that end, and as I promised, I have asked my Los Angeles attorney to convert the Believe the Child Campaign to a nonprofit organization for the purpose of raising awareness and educating the public and professionals about the issue of parental child sexual abuse, and providing legal and expert services to non-offending parents of children in my son's situation. I will continue to post Believe the Child Campaign messages on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Starting today, all contributions to the Believe The Child Campaign will be used as seed money to cover the costs of converting this campaign to a non-profit organization. Once we have non-profit status, we will be able to accept tax deductible donations so that we can provide services to victims and their non-offending parents. As soon as our non-profit is up and running, I will post on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram a link where tax deductible contributions can be made, and we will make change together. We will help other children to be believed.  #BelieveTheChild
 
Love, Zoe         
Please email me directly with your personal stories and messages and let me know if I may post them here. BelieveTheChildCampaign@gmail.com

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