• Petitioned The United States Congress

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The United States Congress

Strip rapists of parental rights over their victim's child

    1. Tim Childree
    2. Petition by

      Tim Childree

      Jasper, GA

Shauna Prewitt, a lawyer from Chicago, recently revealed a very disturbing fact: 31 states in the US allow a convicted rapist to sue for custody and visitation rights of his victim's child. This is a right granted by omission - the states simply assume that a rapist would not WANT custody over the child, but this is a very real threat, and one that can be held over a victim's head to pressure her into not pressing charges against her rapist should she choose to keep her baby.

I would like for the federal government of the US to pass a law that, like Missouri, establishes that a "biological father's guilty plea or conviction of forcible rape of the birth mother is conclusive evidence to termination of his rights," except I would ask that our congress remove the misleading term "forcible." Whether a rape is forcible or not, a rapist has violated a sacred trust .

The 31 states where rapists can sue for custody and/or visitation are:
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.

If you live in one of these states, don't just stop at signing the petition. Contact your state's government and encourage that a law be passed at the state level, as well. Victims of rape deserve our protection. I hope you will join me.

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    • Charlotte Murphy INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is horribly wrong!!!! PERIOD!

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    • J C LAKE OSWEGO, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      The health and sanity of the child and the mother!

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    • Deborah Martin NORWICH, VT
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because 1) it is an outrage I was not aware of before the 2012 Presidential elections and,

      2) it is now affecting someone I care about who's new husband wants to adopt her child.

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    • Denise Landrum STERLING HEIGHTS, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      If a child is created by Violence,the so-called Father should not have access to said child due to the nature of the Father.Theres too much danger in allowing someone capable of Rape near their kids at all.

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    • Dale Mangan KING FERRY, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      BECAUSE IT IS INSANE THAT THIS CAN HAPPEN! IMAGINE IT BEING LEGAL FOR A MAN TO MURDER HIS WIFE AND THEN SUE THE ESTATE TO COLLECT HER LIFE INSURANCE! DEFINE "VICTIM" & "PERPETRATOR" ... AND THE LATTER SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BENEFIT, IN ANY WAY, FROM THEIR CRIME. FOR GOD'S SAKE, A PERPETRATOR CAN'T EVEN MAKE MONEY SELLING THEIR BOOK BUT HE CAN SUE FOR VISITATION OF A CHILD. UNREAL!

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