Stop Abuse Campaign

145,786 supporters

The Stop Abuse Campaign prevents childhood trauma through public policy and public education. Traumatised children lead shorter sicker lives. Fortunately, a lot is known about preventing childhood trauma. And that is what we do at the Stop Abuse Campaign.

Started 3 petitions

Petitioning PA Senate Pro Temp Joe Scarnati (R)

Stop 32,800 PA kids being sexually abused in 2017 #onetoomany

The details horrified the nation. Over fifty Clergy members were involved. Hundreds of children were abused. Some were drugged. Some were made to wait in line, forced to watch the children in front of them be abused, knowing their turn was coming. The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report about the sexual abuse within the Johnstown-Altoona diocese was shocking. But perhaps the most shocking part is that none of the identified victims can get their day in court. None of those sexually abusive clergy are going to spend a day behind bars. They can still get jobs with children. They can still babysit. And legally, they are still not sex offenders.That’s because none of the victims reported the crime before Pennsylvania’s Statute of Limitations kept them from the courtrooms. Here are some facts: Currently 1 in 5 (22%) children are sexually abused (Source CDC) [1] It takes survivors an average of 21 years before they can disclose their abuse [2] Only 1 in 10 (10%) of people who sexually abuse children will see a day behind bars [3]Because they are protected by Pennsylvania State laws called Statutes of Limitations.Statutes of Limitation for child sexual abuse protect sexual predators and endanger children. Based on the CDC’s research, 32,800 children will be sexually abused in Pennsylvania this year. That’s unacceptable.Please, sign this petition and tell our legislators to eliminate the Statute of Limitations for child sexual abuse. Tell them that children deserve protection, and sex offenders deserve punishment.  Citations:Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Vincent 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, MPHBDisclosure of Child Sexual Abuse Among Male Survivors” by Scott D. Easton, December of 2013 Clinical Social Work JournalRobert Baker of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, Massachusetts Office of Public Safety. 2008. Read the report from Attorney General Support our New York State Petition Visit our website    

Stop Abuse Campaign
74,763 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senate, New York State House, John Flanagan, Carl Marcellino, Terrence Murphy, Thomas O'Mara, Simcha Felder, Ruben Diaz, Neil Breslin, James Tedisco, Jeffrey Klein, Lin...

43,000 New York kids will be sexually abused in 2017. Help Governor Cuomo protect them.

When we read about a man admitting to sex with a 13-year-old, we expect to read details of his arrest next. We don’t expect to read that he is still on the streets. But that’s what has happened with Marc Gafni. He admits to having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old. That should be enough to have him arrested. But since the crime happened in New York, where the Statute of Limitations keeps victims from pressing charges from their 23rd birthday, his victims can’t have their day in court. While this unremorseful sex offender is free to attack his victims in the press, his victims are serving life sentences. The same Statutes of Limitations protect predators across New York State.  Here are the facts: Currently 1 in 5 (22%) children are sexually abused (Source CDC) [1] It takes survivors an average of 21 years before they can disclose their abuse [2]Only 1 in 10 (10%) of people who sexually abuse children will see a day behind bars [3]Because they are protected by NY State laws called statutes of limitations.This all adds up to 43,000 sexually abused children in New York each year. But it doesn’t need to be this way. The Child Victims Act (S 809) will eliminate the Statute of Limitations for child sexual abuse. The act has the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate and Assembly Democrats and the Independent Democrats, but is being blocked in the Senate on a party line split with Republicans who have always prevented the bill to come to the floor for a vote. Please stand with us, protect NY’s children and not the predators that prey on them. sign the petition, and support Governor Cuomo, Senator Hoylman, and Assemblymember Rosenthal in passing this bill. Tell our leaders to pass the Child Victims Act this year. Protect our children from sexual abuse. Because one child is too many.   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.  

Stop Abuse Campaign
69,861 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo

Prevent Child Abuse and Murder

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. Since Eain was murdered, Child Protective Services have confirmed that over 10,000 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. Maternal Home Visiting programs like Healthy Families NY prevent child abuse and neglect. They also combat poverty, save taxpayer money, and prevent poor school performance and juvenile delinquency. But they're only available to 5% of the willing and eligible mothers who qualify for them.    Ideally, we turn that from 5% to 100% of the state. But right now, let's focus on 100% of one zip code. Let's transform one community by protecting its children and nurturing its families. Let's cut CPS caseloads. Let's invest in Project 14211. 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. If you agree we should prevent children from being abused let's call 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.

Stop Abuse Campaign
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