Monday, January 30, 2012

Mary Denise Lands/S.A.F.E Place Balloon Project & Silent Witness National Initiative

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Today was a great day in our quest for "Justice for Mary" as we learned that Inmate Christopher Luke Pratt will not be given parole at his first eligibility date in February 2012. It is our hope that he will continue to be incarcerated until his scheduled discharge date of June 2022, or until he is charged in a Calhoun County Court for the disappearance and murder of Mary Denise Lands.

At 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at the Calhoun County Criminal Justice Center (1st floor atrium) we will hold a press conference to announce the Mary Denise Lands/S.A.F.E. Place Balloon project. It will be on ongoing effort as a legacy to Mary Denise Lands, and all the other victims of domestic violence.

S.A.F.E. Place Executive Director Jennifer Fopma will be present and also unveil a new national project that recognizes victims of abuse. It is called the Silent Witness National Initiative. The project highlights the silhouette of anonymous victims, and includes a breastplate with words from the families of those who have been abused. Mary's inscription will be the first one produced by S.A.F.E. Place Shelter.

We anticipate having representatives of local law enforcement and the Calhoun County Prosecutor's Office present and they will speak for a few minutes on how we can promote public awareness against domestic violence in our community.

Domestic violence is defined as a "pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner". The violence  can be described as physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological abuse that is designed to exert power and control.

The Marshall family and I hope that this legacy for their daughter will inspire others on the national tragedy of domestic violence. If one victim can be saved from injury or death, Mary Denise Lands will not have died in vain. We will never give up our efforts to bring Mary home, and to ask for justice in her case. 

Jim Carlin, M.A. MFT
Justinian Investigative Services
Battle Creek, Michigan

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I met John Pratt in the early 2000's. I dated him for a total of 2 weeks until he stole my credit card and debit card and used it for booze and to stay in a hotel room. When I confronted him with it he begged me not to turn him into the police. Needless to say I made him sell his car that he was living out of. Oh and his car was purchased by stealing a check from his parents which bounced (from what I heard). So I ended up having to drop his a** off at his grandmas in Battle Creek and throw all his crap out that he had transfered into my car after selling his. I ended up speaking with his sister and she said "we don't have a grandma that lives out where you dropped him off. He was a psychopathic lier.

To hear John got in trouble in 2007and is stealing in Hawaii does not suprise me one bit. He was one strange bird.

I feel really horrible for the Lands family. I'm so sorry for what you have been through all these years. I am praying you find what happened to your daughter so you can finally find closure. I never met Christopher Pratt and I thank God for that. I hope he is locked up in prison for the rest of his sorry life.