For the last four years, March 1st has signified the official Day of Mourning for victims of filicide, people murdered by family members or caregivers. The Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and others have spearheaded many campaigns around the Day of Mourning, including vigils and social media awareness campaigns. The social media initiatives focus on remembering the victims, and changing the public's perception that somehow, because of the victim's disability, usually autism, the murderer should be excused. Understood. Sympathised with. That campaign in particular has been highly successful, so successful in changing people's opinions that a "documentary", and I use the term loosely, deifying a mom who murdered her son was kept from mainstream release.
The "documentary" Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis, was made, and distributed by, The Autism Media Channel.
Andrew Wakefield's Autism Media Channel.
Yes, that Andrew Wakefield.
The "documentary" is in fact a carefully guided Wakefield anti vaccine, conspiracy theorist, propaganda piece. An excellent review can be found here. Oft discredited doctor and "research partner" of Andrew Wakefield, Arthur Krigsman, is cited throughout, and Alex's murderers, his mother and godmother, consult with Krigsman repeatedly in regards to Alex's care. There is a lot of conjecture that Arthur Krigsman, or someone else, was encouraging the use of biomed quackery to "cure" Alex, very likely "prescribing" Kerri Rivera's Chlorine Dioxide protocol. There is strong belief that had Wakefield and The Autism Team not been involved with this family, guiding them, influencing them, that Alex might still be with us today. It is not surprising that no respectable professional has allowed themselves to be connected to this "documentary". It did not receive standard release, and in fact was only made available through The Autism Media Channel itself. Reasonable people did not want to be connected with a movement that accepted murder of autistics as justified and excuseable.
After this years Day of Mourning, Wakefield supporters started using the names of autistics murdered by loved ones to suggest that autism is deadlier than measles. Their justification for this outrageous statement was that more autistic children die each year than children die from measles. They are saying that children murdered by their parents, children who wandered and drowned, children who died in car accidents, all died because in THEIR minds, autism, not murderers or a society not set up to support families of wanderers, kills.
With the added troops from the biomed exodus, the social media campaign started in the anti vax community has kicked up again, with renewed vigor
The troops have been posting all over facebook, targeting in particular groups for parents of wanderers. By focusing in these groups on children who have died from wandering, they are playing on the fears of these parents.
This is where I get pissed off.
I am the mom of a wanderer.
Those fears are very real. And to manipulate people towards your agenda through their fears for their child's safety is despicable.
AUTISM is not deadly.
Vaccines do not cause autism.
To draw a connection between a child murdered by their parents and children lost due to wandering, or killed in car accidents, is horrific! Are they saying that the parents of a child who wanders is as bad as a murderer? No, they avoid saying that outright. But what they are saying is just as bad. That it is not the murderer who killed the child, it is Autism. That is the same as blaming a rape on the victim being a woman instead of blaming her attacker. They are saying autism is a deadly disease caused by vaccinations. Likening autism to cancer is a common thread amongst these fanatics, as is using fraudulent studies to back up their conspiracy theories regarding vaccines, but never before have I seen them use the deaths of wanderers, and their parents' pain, to further their cause. This deflects attention and resources away from the real issues of wandering (a society not set up to assist families in keeping their loved one's safe) and places it solely back in Wakefield's lap. It draws attention away from the VICTIMS of filicide, makes their murderers into martyrs, and again, plays back into Wakefield's lap.
Just as we finally started to see a future without the likes of quacks like Kerri Rivera, Andrew Wakefield steps back in and justifies filicide. In the words of ASAN:
Change the conversation. Center the victim. Condemn the murderer. Refuse to “understand,” excuse, justify, minimize, or normalize a parent killing their child. Refuse to accept this. Refuse to allow this to become our new normal.
Don't allow Andrew Wakefield to make this the "new normal" simply so he can push his own quackery.
Refuse to allow Wakefield's minions to manipulate the valid fears of the parents, like myself, of wanderers.
Autism doesn't kill.