“Two court systems have heard the case. Both have agreed that the children need to be returned home.” -Bill Bannister in an interview with NBC News 4 Washington
No. No they have not heard our case. My husband is lying. They have not truly investigated this case, and they have not listened to my children. We have been given no voice; we have been shut down and condemned. Tried, convicted and sentenced without a proper hearing. Where in the world is my right to a fair trial?
This is a situation of court-appointed child abuse and I am furious over the lack of concern from the legal and judicial system on behalf of my children. I was aware of court-appointed child abuse happening to others around the country, but never thought it would actually happen to me and my children. I really believed my children would be given an opportunity to be heard, and that the despicable abusers would be investigated.
I am a fugitive from the law because I am guilty of fighting for the protection of my children.
I BELIEVE MY CHILDREN!!
Apparently that is now a crime, worthy of imprisonment. Yes, I broke the law of the land to flee with my children. But I will uphold the MORAL law of protecting the innocent!
What is this, a throwback to the Third Reich, where I have to be in hiding to keep my babies safe from evil men?
Before ever walking into the Stafford County Police Station to help my children report their abuse, I did my homework.
I spoke with seasoned advocates about the proper procedures and safety measures involved with abuse reporting, and researched our local government officials. I was advised to go directly to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office (known as District Attorney in many other states), which is what I did.
Stafford Commonwealth Attorney Eric Olsen did not even emerge to speak with us, even though we sat and waited for over an hour. His assistant sent us next-door to the police.
And we know how well THAT turned out.
My twelve-year-old daughter Janelle actually already had connections to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, after spending a week in their summer 2018 Junior Deputy Academy. She talked about how kind the officers were, and how much she learned. She thought Sheriff David Decatur was really nice and funny, even though she found his height a bit intimidating.
I tried to set up a meeting with Sheriff Decatur via a mutual friend, but he did not respond. So much for law enforcement caring about protecting their local children.
Former law enforcement and victim advocates inform me that the proper procedures were NOT followed with my children.
This infuriates me. It is absolutely outrageous.
No WONDER so many people never speak up about hidden abuse! The experts ASSURE us that if we report, our children will be treated with care and compassion and their case treated seriously. But THIS is what ACTUALLY happens!
Clearly Stafford County Police (along with most police across the country) are ill-equipped to deal with child abuse cases.
Commonwealth Attorney Eric Olsen should have assessed the validity of my children’s case, and ensured that the abusers were properly investigated and prosecuted.
We should have immediately been given a protective order in order to safeguard us while the police investigated each of the men. They should have obtained search warrants, sealed the crime scene, and brought in a team to collect forensic evidence.
Each of my children should have been given a thorough, videotaped forensic interview at a children’s justice center, where they would have been assigned a victim advocate. They should have been examined physically, by a caring expert medical professional, to find physical evidence of abuse.
If the police officers had any associations with ANY of the men who abused my children, they should have been removed from the case. They now need to be investigated by the FBI for their egregious mismanagement of the situation.
My husband William Joseph Bannister should NOT have been allowed to shut off our funds in order to starve us out of hiding. That move was illegal.
Technically we are “in hiding” for our own safety… but not exactly. I am taking an enormous risk of exposure to demand justice for my children. No mother ever wants to endure this; hiding in silence is easier than going public, what with a warrant on my head and all. The decision-making process of what to do next has been absolutely agonizing.
They will attempt to silence my voice, the voice of a mother who will do anything necessary to fight for her children.
My reliance is on God for the safety of us and our beloved advocate heroes; with each step I continue to trust in His provision. We are well-cared for and we are certainly not part of any religious cult organization (Detective ‘Wright’, you are WRONG about that!).
Thank you to ALL of you dear ones who have offered to help us, and who continue to stand by us as the media spreads their stupid, disgusting lies across the country.
Genevieve, Janelle, Vivienne, and Peter are utterly insulted by the mainstream news media, as am I. They are spreading propaganda, not the truth about what we are really going through. We have been in hiding for six months and only NOW they are reporting me and my kids as missing?
Yeah, that’s because I called out the abusers and law enforcement publicly. Now the U.S. Marshals are after us: to shut us up, send me to prison, and send my children back to the pedophile abusers.
So much for the land of the free and the home of the brave, with liberty and justice for all.