Help me protect my child from the man who tried to kill me
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A judge tells a woman she is going to have to co parent with the man who tried to kill her.
Experts say “this child was sexually abused.” The court awards the abuser custody.
A judge acknowledges that a father abused a child, but says that the mother's attempt to save the child is worse, so the abusive father is given custody.
It sounds impossible, but it happens every day. Every year, 58,000 good, protective parents find themselves either coparenting or losing custody to a dangerous parent.
58,000 children every year sentenced to unimaginable suffering.
Federal Resolution H. Con 72 will help fix this, by recommending states adopt a “health and safety” standard, which leaves no room for tolerating abuse, and that courts have a minimal understanding of domestic violence and child abuse.
Stand up for 58,000 children today and sign this petition because one child is too many.
Please protect children in family and custody courts by cosponsoring H.Con.Res. 72.
America’s family courts are in a crisis. The U.S. Department of Justice sponsored research to determine the frequency that courts expose children to dangerous abusers. Initial findings from the pilot study* show in cases where custody has to be decided by trial (mostly abusive) fathers win 73 percent of domestic violence cases, 69 percent of child abuse cases, and 81 percent of child sexual abuse cases. The courts disbelieve 94 percent of sexual abuse reports, although the research shows that false reports are only 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. H.Con.Res. 72 will help prevent this. Please add your name as a sponsor.
58,000 children are affected each year,** condemning them to shorter, sicker lives.
*Mapping Gender: Shedding Empirical Light on Family Courts’ Treatment of Cases Involving Abuse and Alienation Joan S. Meier Sean Dickson Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice Volume 35 Issue 2 Article 10
**Joyanna Silberg PhD, “How Many Children Are Court-Ordered Into Unsupervised Visitation With an Abusive Parent After Divorce?” http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/med/PR3.html
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