Phoenix's Law - Change Florida Law for Child Abuse Victims

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Approximately 6 Children die every day due
to Child abuse.
1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before they reach age 18.
90% Of Child abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way; 68% are abused by a family member.
2.9 Million Cases of Child abuse are reported in the U.S. every day.
14% of all men and 36% of women in prison were abused as Children.
Children who experience Child abuse are 59 % more likely to be arrested as juveniles, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult and 300 more likely to Commit violent Crime.

We are currently working on Phoenix’s law to send to the Senate to be passed onto the Florida House of Representatives. You can make a difference in these children’s lives through showing your support.

 

***Phoenix’s Law***

Under Phoenix's law we stand to change current laws to favor the minor victim rather than the perpetrators:

 

 1.          Child protective services are picking and choosing which case receive rape kits.

Solution: All children that claim sexual abuse will receive a mandatory physical exam including a rape kit. This will allow a collection of DNA samples as well as detecting damage or disease.

 

2.          When authorities are assigned to a minor’s sexual abuse case with knowledge of child pornography activity there is no mandatory procedure confiscating all electronic into evidence.

Solution: Administer mandatory protocol and procedures to confiscate into evidence all electronic when a child discloses child sexual abuse to authorities Failure to abide by these laws will result in immediate incarceration. 

 

3.          Currently cases with sexual abuse victims under the age of 8 in the hands of the state attorneys are closing cases based on assumption that the mirrors are too young to testify. This allows minors under the age of 8 to be sexual abuse targets.

Solution: Remove age restriction for sexual abuse victim’s allowing everyone the ability to testify. Allowing these minor sexual abuse cases, the opportunity to proceed legal actions in the event of further trauma and PTSD. 

 

4.          Presently no policy exists in questioning the state attorney's decision when a minor sexual abuse case is dismissed. These actions leave minor sexual abuse victims exposed to future abuse.

Solution: Implement a compulsory review team to evaluate the decisions of the state attorneys based on all evidence provided to give a thorough opportunity for these minor sexual abuse victims.

 

5.          Presently there is no obligatory time limit on how long a minor sexual abuse case is open without developments.  The current lack of policy and procedures prolongs the victim’s trauma.

Solution: Create policies which mandate actions within a time limit on open minor sexual abuse cases which lack development, so the victim’s can pursue justice.

 

6.          Currently inadequate information is shared between Department of Children and Families, the State Attorney’s office, Child Protective Services and Therapist?

Solution: Implement obligatory policies on minor sexual abuse cases where all involved parties share case information as well as recorded conversation to avoid all errors of inaccurate information.

 

7.          There is no system in place for minor sexual abuse victims when the state attorney's office fails to move forward and are unable to obtain private legal services.

 Solution: Provide all alleged minor sexual abuse victims a court appointed attorney with an expertise to represent them in a family court or civil.

 

8.          Presently the State Attorney’s office do not have a mandatory policy to collect DNA as evidence as a result of medical professionals not willing to testify in court outside of Child Protective Services.

 Solution: Require all medical professional involved with a minor sexual abuse case the legal obligation in examining a minor who is expressing fear due to inappropriate sexual contact.

 In addition, establish a mandatory mental evaluation six month prior to the release of incarcerated convicted perpetrators to determine for their potential sexual abuse of minors.

 *EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Therapy*

The complete therapy consists of three-pronged protocol.

1.      Past Events

2.      Present Disturbance

3.      Future Actions

The goal of EMDR therapy is to completely process the experiences that are causing the problems and to include new ones that are needed for full health. Processing means setting up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be digested in stored appropriately in their brain.

Negative emotions, feelings and behaviors are generally caused by unresolved past experiences that are pushing them in the wrong direction.

*Goal of EMDR Therapy

The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave them with the emotions understanding and perspectives that will lead to a healthy and useful behaviors and interactions.

 

Help us support the passing of Phoenix’s law. Protect these children not only in the State of Florida but, across the globe. We need to unite as one to protect these victims of child sexual abuse. Your signature will help us take the first steps in the process.



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