Protect Children from Assault!
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Protect Children from Assault!

    1. Christine Clarke
    2. Petition by

      Christine Clarke

      Lake Hopatcong, NJ

We live in a day and age in which U.S. state laws permit age discrimination in the Constitutional citizenship birthright to "equal protection" under the law, specifically with regards to assault laws. 

Kids in our country do not presently enjoy the right to be safe from fear of personal injury in America, even though the language of our criminal assault laws and the language of the 14th Amendment's terms of citizenship indicate that they absolutely are entitled to be free from fear of personal injury at any hand.  

This is because of state level child protection laws that allow parental assault upon children as long as the motive is retaliation for displeasure with the child.  Most states do not have restrictions in these laws that are actually enforcable, and many don't address injuries that fall short of life threatening aggravated assault as indicative of abuse.  We can't let this continue.

Children are not lesser citizens just for being younger.  They do not deserve the age discrimination applied to the enforcement of criminal assault laws.


Per Child Maltreatment, the annual U.S. Dept. of Health release on child abuse and neglect data in America:

- 5 kids die every day in the U.S. from abuse.
- 78 percent of the children killed by abuse are under age 3.
- 44 percent of the children killed by abuse each year are under 1 year of age.

The laws must be revised so that people are no longer allowed to commit acts of criminal assault upon children in retaliation for displeasure with their behavior.

Let's send the following letter to our representatives asking them to amend The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act [CAPTA, 42 USC §5106(g)] to offer better protection to children.

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    • Scott McCormick BABYLON, NY
      • 12 months ago

      We need to do more as a country to protect our children from violence.

      I beg you all to please also look at my petition to help protect children, it is called Innocent Eyes.

      http://chn.ge/1hHDCEt

      Together we can be heard!

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      "There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace."

      -- Kofi Annan

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    • Debra Walker PITTSBURGH, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      All adults have the responsibility to protect every child from any assault

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    • Alicia King TYLER, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      I love kids

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    • Michelle C KERENS, UNITED STATES
      • over 2 years ago

      2008-2011 Age 8, 9 and 10 OUR LITTLE BOY WAS REPEATEDLY ASSAULTED.....WITH NO REMEDY --Schools (BREACH OF DUTY) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Make laws TOUGH on Public schools for failing to provide our children a (Safe Non Hostile Environment). Public school staff has a sovereign immunity that protects government employees from most negligent liability when they are caring for our children. The immunity should to be removed or revised.

      Schools should be held liable when they fail in their duty to intervene, Fail to circulate at recess, hallways, lunchrooms, P.E. , getting off the bus, on the bus, all classes. Most teachers sit on the bench and talk (breach of duty) verses circulating at recess. Failing to remove disruptive students from campus and classrooms to protect the injured student. Failure to provide safety and protection for students in their care by not closely monitoring. Failing to report incidents to parents, police and Juvenile system.

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