Stop Abuse Campaign

152,476 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 5 petitions

Petitioning Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Patrick Meehan, Carolyn Maloney, Representative Tom Cole

Help me protect my child from the man who tried to kill me

Every Sunday I stand in my kitchen, afraid. Waiting for my son. He spends his weekends with the man who tried to kill me. I pray that my son will come. Pray he will be alive. Pray he has not been too badly beaten. In the pit of my stomach I fear the police knocking on my door with the message every mother dreads. Some Sundays he comes home covered with bruises. Sometimes he doesn't come back on time. Sometimes he comes home too frightened to talk. My boy runs into my arms shaking, scared, traumatized. But there is absolutely nothing I can do. The custody court ordered us to co parent. He is luckier than many kids going through America’s custody courts. My ex doesn’t have full custody. Every year children are murdered by people like his father. America’s family courts are in a crisis. Judges are making dangerous mistakes that put children’s lives at risk. 58,000 children are affected each year. For instance, the courts knew that Tony Moreno had a history of family violence. His ex girlfriend, and mother of his child Aaden, warned the court of his threats. They ignored her and ordered the child to spend unsupervised visitation with his father. The father threw him off a bridge and jumped in afterwards. His baby died. He survived.Domestic violence experts have long believed family courts are getting a high percentage of abuse cases wrong. The U.S. Department of Justice conducted research to determine the frequency that courts expose children to dangerous abusers.  An article was recently released containing initial findings from the pilot study for this groundbreaking research. The research shows in cases where custody has to be decided by trial fathers, mostly abusive fathers, win 73% of domestic violence cases, 69% of child abuse cases, and 81% of child sexual abuse cases. The courts disbelieve 94% of sexual abuse reports. Research shows that false reports are about 2%. We can fix the problem by insisting custody courts prioritize the health and safety of children. That they use the latest research not their own historic assumptions. That they use domestic violence experts in domestic violence cases and child abuse experts in child abuse cases. After all it is 2017. Congressman Patrick Meehan and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney are sponsoring a federal resolution encouraging judges to make the health and safety of children their top priority in all custody matters. Today judges have wide discretion in their judgement, but little accountability.The new research confirms the courts continue their bias against mothers and cling to the outdated practices that routinely put children at risk. Help me protect my son. Help me protect children like him. Sign this petition. Please.  

Stop Abuse Campaign
2,859 supporters
Petitioning Gary Greenberg

Help Us Protect Your Confidential Information

A frivolous lawsuit is putting our supporters confidential information at risk. The Stop Abuse Campaign is committed to protecting your data and identity in the face of a frivolous lawsuit brought by Gary Greenberg, an investor with ties to casinos in the Albany area. Greenberg is suing the Campaign for $25,000 in order to force the organization to share its email list of abuse victims. The Stop Abuse Campaign has well established strict policies protecting the confidential data entrusted to it by supporters, many of you survivors of childhood trauma. Greenberg, the founder of the Fighting For Children PAC, claims he is entitled to the email addresses of the 70,000 people who have signed a Stop Abuse Campaign petition supporting the Child Victims Act, an act to protect children from sexual abuse. Greenberg’s political action committee has launched disturbing and aggressive tactics to damage the Stop Abuse Campaign’s efforts to protect our supporters’ data. Many of our supporters are survivors of horrible abuse, including childhood sexual abuse. As survivors ourselves, we know how important privacy is and we will not breach our supporters’ trust. In 11 years we have never been closer to passing the Child Victims Act and we will not let this delay us from our efforts to pass the Act. The next generation of children are counting on us to prevent this baseless lawsuit. The Child Victims Act will eliminate the statute of limitations in New York. We have 70,000 signatures to date, the petition in support of The Child Victims act is a powerful demonstration directing our elected officials to protect children from the trauma of abuse. That is why people signed it. They did not sign it with the intention of having their email addresses shared with Mr. Greenberg, or anyone else. We have been trying to resolve this issue without the court; however, Mr. Greenberg seems insistent on putting our small not-for-profit that protects children from abuse out of business in order to get what he wants. When you support this petition Change.org will send Mr Greenberg an email with your request that he not bankrupt the Stop Abuse Campaign with this vexatious lawsuit. Please sign the petition now.  

Stop Abuse Campaign
1,726 supporters
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 Click below to sign the NJ Petition https://www.change.org/p/sol-elimination-window-legislation/c/637726757?recruiter=10507633&utm_source=comment_share&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=facebook_link  

Stop Abuse Campaign
75,934 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senate, John Flanagan, Carl Marcellino, Terrence Murphy, Thomas O'Mara, Simcha Felder, Ruben Diaz, Neil Breslin, James Tedisco, Jeffrey Klein, Linda Rosenthal, Brad Hoy...

43,000 NY kids will be sexually abused every year. Protect them. Sign this petition.

I'm Ana Wagner. This video is my story. I feel a terror every time I look at my kids. I know I must protect them from the horror I went through. The horror I still live with. Help me protect my kids. Help me protect yours. Please sign the petition. Please share it. Please donate to our fundraiser for social media advertising.  We have a day left to get this bill passed this session. Call Senator Flanagan and tell him to allow a vote on the Child Victims Act. Call him now on 518-455-2071Click this link for a sample script: http://stopabusecampaign.org/2017/06/19/make-one-call-and-protect-new-yorks-kids-from-sex-abuse/

Stop Abuse Campaign
70,777 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
1,180 supporters