A startling memoir of one woman escaping an abusive marriage and oppressive religious cults and trying to find "justice" in a failed system.
Anyone concerned with issues of abuse and injustice in America should read this book.
BONSHEÁ – Yaqui Indian – meaning ‘out of the darkness into the light’
(Dallas, Oregon) Just when you thought you knew what was going on in your community, here comes a story that just may shatter the security of your American Dream. This is a story about abuse, survival, false religion and dubious court systems in a state that may be advanced on some levels, but remains a miserable failure in terms of equity and fairness and conventional thinking." - Tim King/Editor/Salem-News.com/War Correspondent
"BONSHEÁ illustrates the degree to which the legal system can also be used as
a vehicle to further perpetuate abuse even after the victim has chosen to take a
stand against the abuse." - John Haroldson, District Attorney, Benton County
District Attorney's Office, Corvallis, Oregon
I questioned a judge's decision and power over me and saved my own life. In Oregon, a judge's "black robe" legalizes his right to commit cruel and unjust acts. Oregon gives judges the same absolute authority over me that a marriage license gave my ex-husband. - Coral Anika Theill
"When courts blame victims and fail to hold abusers accountable, they reinforce abuser behavior, subvert justice, disempower the victims, teach children that abusive behavior is permissible and may even be rewarded, and reinforce the cycle of violence. Most batterers
know they can bring criminal and contempt charges at no expense to the abusers, but they take an enormous financial and emotional cost on their victims. The result is that many abusive men drag on the litigation and file spurious claims openly acknowledging they are trying to drive their victims onto welfare or into homelessness; half of all homeless women and children in the U.S. are homeless because of domestic violence." - Joan Zorza, Esq. http://www.zorza.net/JZRes.htm
The story of Coral Anika Theill is possibly one of the most flagrant, outrageous examples of small town injustice in America. - Tim King/Editor/Salem-News.com
Read first 40 pages of Coral's 2013 memoir
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"Most individuals prefer not to hear the story of how a cultured people turned a blind eye to consenting to the "legal kidnapping of children through America's family courts" and how the majority of our society, consisting of cultured people, remained silent.
"Many women grow up in homes in which they were conditioned and groomed to be victims. They marry sociopathic abusers, have children with them, and lose custody and/or contact of their children when they become stronger and break away.
"Losing permanent custody and visitation of your children feels like being doused in oil and set on fire. Healing is slow and difficult. The pain never goes away. One doctor describes removing a nursing infant from a mother similar to castrating a man." - Coral Anika Theill
"BONSHEÁ is a work of immense courage, a true tale of heartbreak and salvation. By exposing what was done to her by the court system, by the religious authorities and by their enabling cronies as she took the moral high ground by leaving an abusive husband, the author gives readers the tremendous gift of her hard-won insight and spiritual awakening. As shocking as it may be, Coral's story resonates with the truth." - Maureen T. Hannah, Ph.D. Chair, Battered Mother's Custody Conference, Albany, New York
Polk County Courthouse, Dallas, Oregon
Legal Kidnapping of Children in America's Family Courts
"The price for my own safety and freedom in 1996 was an imposed, unnatural and unwanted separation from my eight children, including my nursing infant. The injustice committed against me is not just the physical separation from my children, but the willful desecration of the mother-child relationship and bond, a sacred spiritual and emotional entity.
"Forcibly taking a mother's children, and then controlling her emotionally by withholding contact must be publicly recognized as one of the greatest forms of 'mis-use' of the American justice system and one of the greatest hidden vehicles for wide-spread socially approved physical and emotional abuse and control.
"Nothing justifies the minimization or removal of a fit and loving parent from a child's life. NOTHING.
"LIFE Magazine, USA Today and many other magazines have featured articles on women in prison in America. They report that women prisoners are allowed to keep their babies with them for eighteen months while serving their sentences, (Florida Statute 944.24). I am haunted by this single question. Why was I treated lower than a criminal by Oregon's judicial law system? Presently, I have fewer rights than a criminal in America and I have no criminal record and have no history of alcohol, drug or child abuse." - Coral Anika Theill
In August 1999, my ex-husband's attorney, Mr. Daniel Van Eaton, Salem, Oregon, left a message on my voice mail stating that my ex-husband, Mr. Warner, may agree to settle out-of-court regarding some of the court orders, etc., if I would sign a document stating I would stop my book writing and contacts with the media. (I have a copy of their voice mail message). He said that if I did not agree to their request, they would continue their court actions against me. (They did what they promised - 42 court hearings to date - 2013, including an Oregon State of Appeals case).
While I was living out of my car for three years, disabled and destitute, they sued me for child support. In 2004 my ex-husband sought an appeal for an additional $50,000 for child support.
I never returned their call.
I believe in living my life
"OUTLOUD," giving voice to
the violence and using my life to
help raise the consciousness in
our society. If we cannot speak
about violence, it cannot be stopped.
Since their threat in 1999, I have published two books and fourteen articles on my life story, was a guest on four radio shows, and a guest speaker at Linfield College, Portland, Oregon. I was invited by Sheriff Dan Kimball to be a guest speaker for the T.A.S.K. meeting for judges, district attorneys, advocates and law enforcement in Olympia, WA, and introduced by District Attorney John Haroldson at a speaking engagement at the Corvallis Library, Corvallis, Oregon. On May 10, 2013, I presented a workshop at the 10th Annual Battered Mothers, Abused Children and Child Custody Conference, George Washington Law University, Washington, D.C., as well as speaking at several other public meetings. I am presently uploading my court audio tapes to film for a documentary.
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley's assistant, Mr. Joel Corcoran, requested I submit a detailed report of the failings of the Oregon judicial system regarding my case history from 1995-2013, so they can propose new state and federal laws that would empower battered women.
The physical, mental, and emotional toll of surviving the negligence, abuse and trauma from the individuals who are part of my story will last forever. Although I risked everything to escape from my ex-husband, and in some ways I lost everything, I have never been more sane or more sure that the choices I made were the only choices I could make and survive.
Subjects addressed in Coral's 2013 memoir BONSHEÁ Making Light of the Dark:
trauma recovery and healing, societal violence, poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, child abuse/molestation, rape, marital rape, Stockholm Syndrome, depression, post-traumatic stress, post partum depression, mental, emotional and physical abuse, spiritual and ritual abuse, cults, People of Praise, Pastor Ron Sutter, Bridgeport Community Church, Bill Gothardism, patriarchal religions, Corban College, Santiam Christian School, therapist abuse and exploitation, Dr. Charles H. Kuttner, George D. Amiotte, Veterans Administration, the Quiverfull Movement, spirituality, quantum physics, judicial injustice, legal stalking, legal kidnapping, Oregon State Bar, impairment of judges, protective parents and "non-custodial mothers" - the new scarlet letter.
BONSHEÁ Making Light of the Dark New Book Release
April 10, 2013 Article by Tim King/Editor/Salem-News.com
Read Article: http://www.salem-news.com/articles/april102013/bonshea-release-tk.php
"Coral’s book, BONSHEÁ Making Light of the Dark, is the saga of her attempt to seek justice for marital rape, emotional, ritual and physical abuse that not only resulted in no prosecution, but led to threats that she would be charged with crimes if her allegations continued."
- Tim King/Editor/Salem-News, War Correspondent & Author
"I recommend this book for health care providers, those in the criminal justice system, and volunteers or helpers of any kind to get insights and clarity about the complex dynamics of domestic violence and its toxic effects to individuals and society-and what needs to be done to eradicate this pandemic problem." – Barbara A. May, PhD, RN PMHP, Professor of Nursing, Linfield College, Portland, Oregon
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How I Became a Brood Mare & Egg donor for the Church & State: Rape is Torture Part 3 by Coral Anika Theill http://www.salem-news.com/articles/august202012/rape-state-cat.php
I questioned a judge's decision and power over me and saved my own life. In Oregon, a judge's "black robe" legalizes his right to commit cruel and unjust acts. Oregon gives judges the same absolute authority over me that a marriage license gave my ex-husband.
I believe Mr. Warner and his attorney received a twisted sense of satisfaction from the pain they caused in the many hours of depositions, hostility in Court and the sudden stripping away of my children. Neither they, nor the judges, and witnesses [Betsy Close, Bill Heard, Helen Warner] who twisted the truth in Court, have been held accountable for the cruel acts committed against me. Oregon's law system has given them all a legal right to commit acts that would otherwise be viewed as criminal, depraved and inhumane.
Whenever the custodial parent practices control and manipulation tactics in order to separate child from mother, justice cannot be served. This is the lowest and most hateful form of spousal revenge. As long as mothers are unfairly separated from their children and those who hold the power fail to acknowledge and support the rights of non-custodial parents, justice cannot be achieved.
I have concluded by my present circumstances, that the judicial and religious organizations and people [Betsy Close, Pastor Ron and Marijo Sutter, Brian King, Bill Heard, Helen Warner and my own adult children] who have aided my former husband, Marty Warner, all embrace the same views regarding women and children. They believe male power is absolute over women and great harm will come to those who question and/or defy that power. I believe this is the mentality that causes and perpetuates abuse.
April 2013 NEW BOOK RELEASE Flyer
BONSHEÁ Making Light of the Dark shares my search for freedom and light in a society based on patriarchal religion and laws. It openly speaks about the ideas and beliefs in our society which foster sexism, racism, the denigration of human rights and the intolerance of difference. My documentation exposes the dark side of human nature when all people are not valued. A healthy society must have the courage to address these issues, speak about them, examine them and bring them to light. Indifference encourages, "silent violence"-the type of violence I experienced in my home, in the community, religious circles and judicial system. Nobel laureate, Elie Wiesel states, "The indifference to suffering makes the human inhumane.
Dr. Kuttner’s betrayal of me, dismissing my pleas for help regarding his associate Mr. Amiotte, then becoming annoyed with me when I reported I was being threatened, financially exploited and abused, has caused me much reflection.
There would not have been any professional consequences to Dr. Kuttner had I been murdered on August 6, 2000 by George D. Amiotte. I would have only been a "statistic." - Revised 2013 Edition BONSHEA Making Light of the Dark