August 21st: Rifqa Bary's Jurisdiction hearing is scheduled for this Friday at 3:15 PM, Juvenile Court on Michigan Avenue, Orlando, FL.
"To anyone's knowledge, Rifqa never told anyone that she was frightened while living with her parents in Ohio. Those words only came out of her mouth after being missing for two and a half weeks and surfacing in the tight embrace of Mr. Lorenz, who had not promptly reported that the runaway had been in his home," the parents' statement read.
We know this is a lie because when Rifqa disappeared, friends immediately voiced concern that she may have met foul play because of her conversion to Christianity -- that was why I posted on it. Back on August 3rd it was reported that "the girl's friends told detectives that it was possible she ran away because of conflicting religious beliefs in her home. "
"If this case is perceived as a clash of religions, it is because Mr. Lorenz recklessly and without authorization put someone else's child in front of television cameras to publicly renounce her previous faith," McCarthy said in the statement. "The parents who love Rifqa are in the best position now to protect her from the mess that Mr. Lorenz has made." (more here)
But Lorenz told ABCNews.com Tuesday that they were the people Rifqa sought out for protection.The tactic is to demonize the person that Rifqa Bary ran to for safety. Get it? Rifqa is her best advocate, ask her.
Shafilea Ahmed was seen with injuries on her neck, an inquest heard yesterday.
The westernised 17-year-old, who wanted to become a solicitor, was frightened her parents would send her to Pakistan and force her into an arranged marriage.
She ran away in February 2003, climbing out of a window of her home in Warrington, Cheshire, with the help of her friend Melissa Powner.
Miss Powner confirmed that Shafilea had lived in fear of her parents. Months earlier she had been off school for a week and returned with visible injuries on her neck.
Shafilea explained they came from a confrontation with her parents over boys' phone numbers on a phone bill.
Miss Powner said: "She didn't have much of a life - she wasn't able to be with her friends and socialise outside school.
No one listened to Shafilea's desperate plea prior to her murder.
Contact Governor Charlie Crist today:
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or Email him at Charlie.Crist@MyFlorida.com
The of Children and Families
George H. Sheldon, Secretary
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Building 1, Room 202
Fax: (850) 922-2993
Acting Regional Director / Ninth Judicial Circuit
Florida Department of Children and Families
400 W. Robinson St.
(Maxine McGregor, client relations coordinator)