The most important suggestion for almost all of these exercises is to write down our concerns. Especially if we're emotionally distraught. We need to get past our anger to problem solve at all. Please see Problem Solving Training, or Step Primer for a more complete description of how to do so, including worksheets you can use in the safety of your home or shelter.
You might not think your guilty of a crime, but others might. The lack of assistance and abandonment we sometimes face may be based upon blame we are unaware of. Matter of fact, crimes I've tried to get something done about may have led criminals to cast doubt upon me well enough to shift blame, show motive, or avoid accountability based upon my own judgements, or lack thereof. When we are open about the things we resent, be can become manipulated by our own anger. Please see: 12 Step Program Steps
Though you might not think you've lost your cool about the situation, the frustration and anger that result from blame are in fact a form of insanity, and though you may actually have a case....tactics of denial may lead to labels that indicate that you're not competent with the truth. An example of how sinister that can become can be seen by this example: Depressed people are usually more accurate about reality than happy people are! Happy people are more often deluded, or at a minimum, unrealistically optimistic than the depressed and worse! Please see: Network Interference
You may plead "Guilty, but Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity" if you are guilty of a crime, but did not know it, or did not know what you were doing at the time.
Or you may plead "Not Competent to Stand Trial" if you or professionals do not believe you know the difference between right and wrong and seek treatment for your condition, but you are likely to serve the maximum sentence for your crime in a treatment setting, and when you are done there is no guarantee you will be released.
You could plead for a "Restoration of Sanity" if you believe you now know that you have done wrong, and are prepared for re-entry, but you may not survive the rigors of community based evaluation and testing and may return to supervised care and treatment modalities in a treatment setting until you are prepared to surrender completely to any form of aggression and control that may exist in the community as a result of the behavior you now realize is wrong.
It might be easier to plead "Guilty", "Not Guilty", or "No Contest" and avoid the costs that will result with treatment, though the treatment may be worth the cost to you, it could mean your life savings and all future income to pay for the treatment of criminal insanity. At least when your done, if you make it, you are returned to a semi dignified life, unlike those with Mental Illness or Chemical Dependency who apparently serve a life sentence.
Justice is a delicate and difficult goal to achieve. One fairly recent and global faith based system is very serious about this work. The Baha'i and The Universal House of Justice works through Faith and above and beyond Faith based systems and practices to achieve world peace and overcome cultural, national and other prejudicial barriers.
Gaining access to the Courts is a challenge we work for and the opportunity to be heard an honor. It allows us to work for change, to obtain sound judgement when things aren't clear, and ultimately to settle disputes and improve the law and law enforcement. We cannot always rely upon the wisdom of a leader, or mentor.
Sometimes, the truth escapes those who serve, but consultation with an attorney is useful if you have access to one. Much of this material is developed to help those who've been denied legal services, and access to the courts, and is based upon the experience of the author.
Its easy to see when you keep a log. Take a good look at your complaints. Let them sit for a few days, and then look at them again. Its easy to see that they form the basis of your suffering. Almost invariably, we find later that we had something to do with the injury ourselves, and that by trying to blame others, we made matters worse. Even if someone else is to blame, can we realistically expect them to change for us? How easy was it for you to, for example, quit using foul language etc? So many people fall into that trap I developed this Mission to try to help deal with it. It can be literally humiliating.
An example of the results of public complaints can be found here: Log
Our goal here is to adapt to our new environment, and treat the conditions that result from our work.
What can we do when confronted by life threatening circumstances, criminal exploitation or defamation?
Under the Constitution of the United States, we cannot be condemned without an named accuser, a written accusation and an opportunity to defend ourselves.
That Constitutional Law was established as a result of careful evaluation of the Biblical Account of the Lynching of Christ:
When Jesus was brought before the High Priest and questioned he said:
"I spake openly to the worlde and....in secret I have said nothing....Why askt thou Me?...beholde, they know what I said."
When denied confrontation before the Roman Governor he said:
"Saist thou that of thy self, or did other tel it thee of Me." ...and before the Sanhedrin:
"If I tell you, ye will not believe me. And if also I aske you, ye will not answer Me, nor let Me go."
(To be condemned without an accuser, and accusation, and a defense in the United States is a violation of our Constitutional Rights and would be a return to the Dark Ages.)
Paraphrased from: ~The Founder's Bible
The work we've done, and the value of the material we create is useless if we cannot continue to use it to help each other - even by constructive criticism. If we are separated by the identities we create rather than brought together, we cannot verify the results of our work, or rely upon the results we find independently by any means, and we will be returned to the delusions that separate us once again.