Stop Abuse Campaign
The Stop Abuse Campaign prevents Adverse Childhood Experiences through public policy and public education. The US chooses to spend huge sums of money dealing with the consequences of abuse, but the ACE research proves that abuse cannot be undone. Fortunately, a lot is known about preventing abuse. And preventing abuse is what we do at the Stop Abuse Campaign.
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43,000 New York kids will be sexually abused in 2017. Help Governor Cuomo protect them.
More than 43,000 children will be harmed by sexual abuse this year in New York State; and that will happen next year too unless we help Governor Cuomo get the Child Victims Act passed. Please add your name now.Here’s the story of just one sex abuser, how the law protected him and put hundreds of other children at risk.Louise VanWie, one of New York’s most dangerous sex offenders, is about to be released back into the community whose innocent children he preyed on. In 1997 when VanWie was charged with sexually abusing four children, police said he admitted to abusing hundreds of others. Authorities were inundated with phone calls from other victims. But, New York’s strict, five-year statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases stopped the police from charging VanWie with additional crimes. If they had charged him with hundreds of additional crimes his release would not be an issue today.VanWie is only an exception because he was prosecuted. Nine out of ten sex offenders remain free on our streets, and even when they are reported there is nothing, absolutely nothing that the police can do about it.Here are the facts: Currently 1 in 5 (22%) children are sexually abused (Source CDC)  It takes survivors an average of 21 years before they can disclose their abuse  Only 1 in 10 (10%) of people who sexually abuse children will see a day behind bars  Because they are protected by NY State laws called statutes of limitations. What makes this worse, despite the VanWie case and countless other examples, state lawmakers have refused to change the statute of limitations, one of the shortest in the nation. New York bars child victims from proceeding with criminal charges or civil litigation once they turn 23.Help Governor Cuomo protect our children. Add your name to this petition now.Click this link for more information including how to protect your children from monsters like VanWie. Click this link to protect children in Pennsylvania too.Citations: Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) StudyVincent J Felitti MD, FACPA, , Robert F Anda MD, MSB, Dale Nordenberg MDC, David F Williamson MS, PhDB, Alison M Spitz MS, MPHB, Valerie Edwards BAB, Mary P Koss PhDD, James S Marks MD, MPHB Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse Among Male Survivors” by Scott D. Easton, December of 2013 Clinical Social Work Journal Robert Baker of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, Massachusetts Office of Public Safety. 2008.
Make the health and safety of children the priority of Connecticut's family courts.
According to the CDC's ACE study witnessing domestic violence traumatizes children. In 2014 over 46,000 Connecticut residents asked for assistance with an abusive relationship. In 2015, seventeen residents lost their lives to abuse. Nationally 58,000 dangerous abusers are given unsupervised visitation or custody with their children every year, and when there are allegations of sexual abuse, the alleged abuser is granted custody 85% of the time. In a recent two year period 175 children were murdered by abusive fathers involved in contested custody cases, often with the inadequately trained court professionals helping them to gain access to their children. Connecticut has an unprecedented opportunity to become a state where abuse is prevented, not tolerated. Because no child needs to experience witnessing domestic violence. Because no child deserves abuse. Because children deserve to be protected from trauma. Act now, sign and share the petition, protect Connecticut's children from court mandated abuse. And if you want to help protect kids in other states, click here
Stop our children from being abused and murdered
My great grandson, Eain Brooks, was only 5 years old on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 when Matthew Kuzdal, his mother's 26 year old boyfriend, murdered him after sexually abusing him. You can never fill the hole in your heart left by the loss, especially the murder, of an innocent child. It's worse when that child is one of your own. Eain was one of ten children to be murdered in Erie County in the last three years. And in the two years since Eain was murdered, Child Protective Services have confirmed another 7,500 children have survived abuse in the county. One child is one too many, especially when the CDC's Adverse Childhood Experiences study proves all child abuse is a matter of life and death. The reason so many children are dieing and being abused is child protection budgets are woefully low meaning caseworkers have too many cases to investigate. Since Eain died they have invested in more CPS case workers but not in actually preventing children being abused. A report to CPS (child protection services) is too late. It means a child is already abused. We should prevent child abuse so they don't have to investigate so much of it. Abuse can't be undone. Abused children live shorter, sicker lives and contribute less to society. Their minds, souls and bodies forever scarred by betrayal and fear. CPS keep most abused kids alive, but kids deserve more. They deserve not to be abused at all. If you agree we should prevent children from being abused rather than just waiting till they are then join me in calling on Governor Cuomo to provide the funding. Help me make sure Eain and all the other children did not die in vain. Thank you. I'm Eain's Great Grandmother Carolyn Spring and I started Eain's Echo when Eain was murdered. We work with the Stop Abuse Campaign to prevent abuse and neglect.