A post in an online group of fathers has urged more than 19,000 members to abduct their children in a coordinated strike that would reduce the ability of law enforcement to respond.
The group, Domestic Violence Against Men, posted the call to action asking Australian fathers to ”grab their kids” on December 1 and take them interstate.
The September 12 post, made by an administrator of the Facebook group reads: “On the 1st of December every father must grab their kids & run to another state, then report the mother for sexual abuse.”
Fathers were urged in a subsequent post to run as far as they could and to make false claims about the mother.
The following day an administrator posted that the mass abduction would attract media coverage.
“We are going to make headlines no matter what it takes, no one gives a shite about how we are affected or why we #suicide,” he said.
A later post says: “Truth is, no father has it in them to take a child away from a mother yet a mother will do it & doesn’t give a … who it effects.”
The page says it is a voice for silenced male victims of domestic violence. It encourages members to vent on the site rather than suicide.
Following the announcement of the parliamentary inquiry into family law, several members wrote warnings to Prime Minister Scott Morrison of an epidemic of suicide and violence if the inquiry failed to do what was right by them.
The Domestic Violence Against Men page owner alleges he is a victim of domestic violence and claims he has been falsely accused of committing domestic violence.
When alerted to the post urging mass child abduction, an Australian Federal Police spokesperson said they were aware of a number of groups that advocated for all sides of family law matters.
“The AFP encourages all parties to resolve Family Law issues in accordance with the best interests of the children involved and the law,” she said.
Queensland police said they would not tolerate the breaking of any laws and anyone who chooses to do so would be held accountable.
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