Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story

Synopsis: An attorney, upon handling an incest case, learns that she was an incest victim by her father from the age of five months to five years. Through therapy, she arranges to confront her father and her mother (for physical and emotional abuse in her teens) and gets nowhere. She is further frustrated when she takes on another incest case, only to have the judge throw it back in her face after the child's testimony of what was being done to her is disbelieved and the abuser apparently doesn't fit the "profile" of one who would commit incest. Her anger mounts upon learning that the little girl of the first incest case she was handling ends up with severe emotional damage because of the judge's refusal to stop the father's visitation, after medical evidence of the incest was presented in court (with graphic descriptions of what took place). Upon learning this news and exploding at the injustice of the system that seems to protect the abusers instead of the victims, she embarks on a crusade wit
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Bill Corcoran
Production: Heartstar Productions
94 min

Oh, get it.

Do you really like it?

It's beautiful, look at the details.

Isn't the heart of a little cutesy?

No honey, it's romantic.

It's delicate, it's feminine.

Alright. Alright, I'll get it.

I'm gonna take this one.

- Is that $20 even?

- Yes, it is.

- OK. Here you go. Thank you.

- Thank you.

All right. Turn around.

- Why?

- Turn around.

Oh, Shari, no, you don't have

to do this.

You love it, I love you, it's yours.


Well, in that case

I have to get you something.

Oh great, and I know exactly

what I want.

A flannel nightgown.

You're not serious.

I know it's not sexy, but it's practical.

There is not heat in the bedroom, it's freezing.

Yes, come on.

Hey, don't tell me it's pilot error

when the landed gear disintegrated.

George, George,

if you want me to start an investigation

of your safety and maintenance records,

you just keep pushing.

This was a perfectly healthy 20 year

old boy with his all life ahead of him

so I suggest you settle it now.


Drop dead, George.


why don't you just take it easy,

leave everything to me.

Please, if you need anything,

don't hesitate to call me.

We really appreciate

what you're doing Miss Karney.

I soon as I hear anything,

I let you know.


- Hi. You must be Rose?

- Yes.

Thank you for seeing me

on such short notice.

But I'm still not sure what it is

about, I know you're a social worker.

One of your divorced clients,


They don't know about that here,

it's kind of a moonlighting thing.

Actually, I'm thinking of leaving

aviation law but not till I'm ready.

So is this about the divorce?

Please, sit down.

No, it's a custody case, the mother is

suing for sole custody of her daughter.

- And the mother's name is?

- Darlene Holland

What are the grounds?

We believe the father

is molesting the child.

I'm sorry, but I can't help you.

Shari, Janet tells me that

you have been active in women issues

you've worked for legal clinics

and rape hotlines.

I'm the wrong attorney, Rose.

I don't know anything

about child molest cases

and to be perfectly honest,

I don't want to.

I don't know where to turn.

I've been to three attorneys,

you're all the same,

the moment I mention sexual abuse,

you all turn off.

What is it with you, people?

This little girl is three years old.

We believe her father is having sex

with her since she is one and a half

- That's true, that's horrible.

- Yes.

So, why won't you do something

to stop it?

I'm sorry, but there is nothing

I can do.

But why don't you try calling the county

bar, they do a lot of referrals.

I'm sure that they can help you.


Thank you.

Good luck.


Hello sweetheart.

Look at her. Isn't she gorgeous?

- Happy anniversary, Daddy.

- And how is the Yale man?

Pretty good, Jack, happy anniversary.

It's about time you showed up.

Sorry, we're late, we had to stop at Mark's

parents and then we got stuck on traffic.

What traffic? It's Sunday.

Hello, handsome.

Happy anniversary Vivian.

Believe it or not,

people do drive on weekends.

I bet you're not late

when you have to be at court.

Don't pay attention to her,

she'll never change, so...

the food's in there

and the drinks are over here

What can I get you Mark?

Soda, beer, wine?

Beer is good.

- Daddy, where is Linda?

- I think I saw her in the kitchen.

I'll be back in a minute.

Mark, I want you to meet

a friend of mine, he's building a house

- and I told him he were an architect.

- Sounds great.

Just set the whole thing on fire

and forget about it.

- Hi, baby.

- Nice to see you.

You look beautiful,

I love these earrings

You look terrible.

Thank you.

What's the matter?

Aren't you sleeping again?

I'm sleeping.

Put these on.

- No.

- Oh, come on, it's a party.

- A little lipstick, a little blush.

- No.

- Just this once.

- No.

- The palest pink.

- No.

Where the hell is the cake?

Happy anniversary.

Just give me a minute, OK?

Another anxiety attack?


It's over now.

You're so good.

I don't know how you put up with me.

Shouldn't we be worried about this?

No, no, it's just stress.

Yes, but it's been going on

for a long time.

I can't help it.

You know things affect me, you know.

A girl came into the office today,

her entire family was killed

- in a plane crash...

- I know, baby, I know,

but you should talk

to somebody about this.

I'm talking to you.


- Good morning too Isa.

- Good morning.

- Miss Karney?

- Yes.

I'm Darlene Holland.

Rose Beckman talked to you

about my custody case.

Yes, she did, and I told her

that I couldn't take it.

Miss Karney, we're really desperate.

We can't find anyone

who will handle this case.

Is there anything we can do

to change your mind?

Who are you?

I'm Artie Reburn. I live with Darlene,

Christie is like my own daughter.

Darlene still doesn't want

to believe it,

but I'm telling you something

really sick is going on.

Where is the child now?

Mac Laren Hall.

Mac Laren Hall, why?

Because after Darlene accused

her ex-husband of molesting Christie,

he turned around and accused us

of the same thing.

Next thing you know, there's an investigation,

the court took her away from everybody.

And she's all alone in there.

Please, Miss Karney, I haven't seen

my baby in two weeks.

Alright, I'll read the file.

Thank you so much.

Yes, Miss Karney, you don't know

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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