When abusers focus on suppressing information about their past acts, this perpetuates the abuse. Testimony by credible witnesses who come forward publicly is real evidence.
The Abuse Papers is initially focused on the case of Bernard Red Cherries, also known as Robert Coltte, Bernard Redcherries and Robert Oliver Coltte as well as other names. When credible testimony claiming that he abused multiple women and children came to light in public forums, he and his allies did not seek to publicly answer the testimony and allegations. Instead, they sought to suppress the information through threats of force and violence. Much of the information published in the first 12 posts of The Abuse Papers was removed from the Internet by the initial bloggers due to direct threats and intimidation. Many of the sources for this information are identifiable people, not anonymous posters on the Internet. Often they speak of personal experiences, not hearsay.
The Abuse Papers is partly a response to tactics of threat. It is also about freedom of association and information. Suppression of legitimate testimony and discussion is not acceptable.
If anyone wants to attempt to threaten or bully me, my email is cjames964 (at) gmail (dot) com. Please be aware that my understanding of libel law is adequate for evaluating any claims that I am violating such laws. A legal “cease and desist” letter without an itemized list of specific libel violations on this blog does not scare me. Send me a list of specific violations of current libel law and I will critically evaluate and judge them point by point. Do not expect me to excise or delete alleged violations without question.
In the future, The Abuse Papers will cover similar cases where strong-arm tactics are used to silence people speaking of their experiences.
If you have information about cases covered on The Abuse Papers, please write to cjames964 (at) gmail dot com. All emails to cjames964 are considered confidential unless explicit permission is given to re-publish. The only exception to this policy is private communication obviously intended to threaten or bully me or those who comment on this blog. Those will be published.
(revised slightly on August 11, 2009; Added additional aliases and slight editing on June 29, 2010.)