Holding On

There have been lots of tumultuous things going on in my life which I will be sharing with you in my next blog post. With respect to my last post, I can’t tell you how touched I was by the response – it really meant a lot to me to see the comments and know that people understood that leaving A4cwsn has been a tough and painful experience for me. In my last post I strove to explain why it took me so long to break away from A4cwsn and the reasons why I ultimately resigned as admin for A4cwsn Canada. This post is a brief explanation of what has happened since (from my perspective) and ends with a request for action if you share the same concerns as I do and have donated money to A4cwsn.

As you may know, myself and a number of friends have submitted complaints about A4cwsn to the Department of Consumer Protection, which is a department of the Connecticut Attorney General’s office. One of the reactions from people in response to hearing about this is: “why not just walk away and leave A4cwsn alone? Why file complaints? Isn’t this just a personal vendetta?” This post is an explanation of why I filed a complaint, why this is not personal and why I am encouraging others to also file complaints (if applicable).

I am neither a lawyer nor a police officer so I am simply not qualified to make a determination regarding whether A4cwsn has been acting in a lawful manner. For this reason, some friends and I sent a letter outlining some facts about A4cwsn to the Attorney General’s office in Connecticut. We wanted someone to confirm whether or not our concerns were well-founded or just part of the huge emotional reaction to what had happened. I feel strongly that A4cwsn is run poorly and unprofessionally but I needed someone to tell me whether it was possible that A4cwsn was also operating illegally.

The Assistant Attorney General who reviewed our letter and the documentation we sent in confirmed that she had grave reservations with respect to how A4cwsn is being run and that our concerns were well-founded. Our file was assigned to the Department of Consumer Protection for review, which is a department of the Attorney General’s office. Myself and others have spoken with the officer in charge of the review, Terence Zehnder, and can confirm that he believes that A4cwsn has been promoting itself as a charitable organization and raising funds under those auspices. However, Mr. Zehnder has about 200 open case files and the ones that he receives the most complaints on are the ones that receive the promptest attention. As it is, the review process will likely take months to complete.

For this reason I am asking that those who donated to A4cwsn please join me in filing a complaint form if they now have concerns regarding how A4cwsn is organized and how donated funds have been spent. The form that should be completed is this one:

Consumer Statement – Charities

Please attach copies of receipts substantiating the amount of money you donated, raffle tickets purchased, etc.

Mr. Zehnder has confirmed that he would like to receive the complaints in hard copy. So, you can either fax them to his attention at 860-706-1315 or mail the documents to him at:

Department of Consumer Protection

165 Capitol Ave

Room 110

Hartford, CT  06106

I promoted A4cwsn on this blog. In all conscience I therefore have to share with you here the fact that the authorities have an investigation open because our concerns in relation to the legality of A4cwsn’s operations are genuine and not a symptom of any personal animosity felt towards its founder. If you have any questions regarding how to complete the form, submit your complaint or any other matter, please feel free to comment on this post and I will respond. Alternatively you can email me at babyomum@live.com

The title of the blog post was inspired by an REM song “Everybody Hurts” which describes well where I am at this point. Thanks to the friends I have (you know who you are) who are helping and holding me tight.

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8 Comments on “Holding On”

  1. trishasmom February 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    I am so awed by you for standing up for what you believe. Fortunately I was not drawn in by this as I mentioned before there were just to many red flags. I know your heart was in the right place and it just tears me up when I think how you and the others have been treated. I never once imagined your complaint as anything but wanting to protect other innocent people from getting hurt or used. Hold your head high and always be proud that you took a stand and are making a difference. I’m so proud of you.

  2. CGregoryRun February 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

  3. Caryn Haluska February 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Babe, you know I’m with ya. This filthy situation has expanded to include innocents who were never a part of A4CWSN, but because they deal with some of the companies/app developers that ASCWSN proclaims to be working closely with, the backlash has touched them as well. I am one of them. I am proud of you, and of everyone else who has filed complaints, because the sooner we are rid of this, the better.

    Sending much love

  4. mary February 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

  5. Karen V February 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    You don’t need to be a lawyer or a police officer to know right from wrong. Never doubt yourself. Don’t let anyone take that from you. And try not to bear so much of the world on your shoulders just because you’ve been human. I never was drawn into this but I can tell how shaken you were. Slowly, you have been gaining your strength as I watch from afar. You have my support.

  6. Teriann Morgan February 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    My respect and admiration for you grows daily ❤ Thank you for sharing this important information.

  7. Holly Stillwagon February 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

  8. MarsupialMama February 8, 2012 at 5:42 am #

    You are *awesome*. I’m in awe and totally inspired. Thank you.

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