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If there is proof of rape, incest or illegal sexual activity, this law would support the argument that it should automatically veto the abusers parental rights should the victim, regardless of age or situation, become pregnant and keep the child or choose adoption. 

This is being supported by the AG of Oregon as well as many other politician

Though the Consititution states that both the offender and the victims rights are protected as parents, it does not state anywhere that if a rape occurred, it would be possible to terminate the rights of the offender. Libby's Law would change that.

I am gathering signatures to prove that there is support and a need for this kind of law around the world, much to the disbelief and dismissal of many courts, police officers and abusers themselves who know that the law allows them access to reabuse and victimize through paternity. As of right now in most of the states, the constitution protects and overlooks their manipulation of the system and a victims rights to privacy and safety. Judges are not trained to spot domestic violence past physical evidence. In many cases, that's all they look for in regards to proof of abuse. They are not trained professionals to recognize intimidation, emotional and mental abuse or, often, brainwashing. More often, they do not take the testimony of a minor victim seriously and ultimately throw it out of court. They will often order the victim to be evaluated by counselors who are not even themselves trained professionals to spare time and cost for the defendant and tax payers. It's more common than you think and sadly, disturbing.

So many victims are misled to think that they will have justice and an open and shut case not realizing that Libby's Law is not current in the US and only four recognise the "special circumstances", making it possible to terminate the abuser's parental rights. THAT IS ASTONISHING that there are more women and young girls out there, just like me, suffering just the same plightand not being heard. They are either too afraid to report it, too afraid to speak up or they are being abused by someone they know and can't get away.  I didn't trust everyone else around me to protect me in and out of court. I took it upon myself to go a step further, learna bout the laws and my rights and make a national awareness to this issue, and hopefully pass a law.

To myself and the majority of people I tell my story to and gain the support of, it's a no brainer that the offender should have 0 rights if such an event took place, especially in the cases of incest.

It's certainly unjust and cruel for the victim but also puts her back to that fretful night when she was raped in the first place.

I refuse, as a victim, to believe that my bill or my right to justice is not a possibility. Anything is possible.
I'm certainly living proof.



Thanks again for your support and interest.  
  

This bill is inspired by my story, based on the book, "The Girl In The Mirror: A Memoir"

You can find it on facebook as well as Libby's Law in the page search. Please fan it and pass it along.

 

Also read:

 

http://www.barrygoldstein.net/crisisinthecustodycourtsystem.pdf

Letter to
State Senator Arnie Roblan
State Representative Sara Gelser
State Senator Mark Hass
and 5 others
Governor Ted Kulongoski
Oregon State House
Oregon State Senate
President of the United States
Oregon Governor
NOTE: If you have any further questions, please email me at nobodyyouknow83@yahoo.com (not my supporters as they do not know the details) and I can answer any questions that you have in regards to this bill.

Being raped is one of the most traumatic events in a persons life, even more so for women these days who are struggling to value themselves as human beings. Sexual abuse as a child has an even greater effect on someone's life because you are brought up to lie, hide and cover the abuse to spare the abuser a jail sentence, creating deep rooted issues within the woman and causing her to have unstable relationships with others and essentially, herself.
It's time to stop victimizing and criminalizing the women and children who are raped, especially when they become pregnant and decide to keep the baby.

If there is proof of rape, incest or illegal sexual activity, this law would support the argument that it should automatically veto the abusers parental rights should the victim, regardless of age or situation, become pregnant and keep the child or choose adoption.


Though the Consititution states that both the offender and the victims rights are protected as parents, it does not state anywhere that if a rape occurred, it would be possible to terminate the rights of the offender. Libby's Law would change that.

There is no other information on Libby's Law except for the facebook fan page. It needs a mothers note to go through legislation and be considered as a law.

I am gathering signatures to prove that there is support and a need for this kind of law around the world, much to the disbelief and dismissal of many courts, police officers and abusers themselves who know that the law allows them access to reabuse and victimize through paternity. As of right now in most of the states, the constitution protects and overlooks their manipulation of the system and a victims rights to privacy and safety. Judges are not trained to spot domestic violence past physical evidence. In many cases, that's all they look for in regards to proof of abuse. They are not trained professionals to recognize intimidation, emotional and mental abuse or, often, brainwashing. More often, they do not take the testimony of a minor victim seriously and ultimately throw it out of court. They will often order the victim to be evaluated by counselors who are not even themselves trained professionals to spare time and cost for the defendant and tax payers. It's more common than you think and sadly, disturbing.

So many victims are misled to think that they will have justice and an open and shut case not realizing that Libby's Law is not current in the US and only four recognise the "special circumstances", making it possible to terminate the abuser's parental rights. THAT IS ASTONISHING that there are more women and young girls out there, just like me, suffering just the same plightand not being heard. They are either too afraid to report it, too afraid to speak up or they are being abused by someone they know and can't get away. I didn't trust everyone else around me to protect me in and out of court. I took it upon myself to go a step further, learna bout the laws and my rights and make a national awareness to this issue, and hopefully pass a law.

To myself and the majority of people I tell my story to and gain the support of, it's a no brainer that the offender should have 0 rights if such an event took place, especially in the cases of incest.

It's certainly unjust and cruel for the victim but also puts her back to that fretful night when she was raped in the first place.

I refuse, as a victim, to believe that my bill or my right to justice is not a possibility. Anything is possible.
I'm certainly living proof.


Libby's Law is inspired by my story. I was terrorized and sexually assaulted for six years as a child by a family friend, and ultimately became pregnant with his child when I was a minor, and after years of hiding, was found by my abuser through DMV and forced to give him unsupervised visitation rights with my daughter, even though he's a registered sex offender and has molested my daughter on various occassions. If I do not comply to the court order, I go to jail for contempt. I have recently lost my battle to keep him away but plan to file a motion to terminate his rights due to "evidence of a rape". Without Libby's Law, this may be hard to do.
Therapists reports of the alleged fears from my child were thrown out of court and allegations through the DA were thrown out due to "lack of physical evidence". The judge handling this case is criminalizing me and forcing me to "interact" and "welcome" my abuser into my family, claiming that I am not a victim but rather, "A bitter ex out for revenge". Such is not the case. This judge does not have the our best interests in mind and the possibility of him granting a motion to terminate the abuser's rights are slim to none. Is this fair? NO.

How is this possible you ask. Well, it is and it's more common than you think. A woman can't even give her baby up for adoption if her rapist doesn't sign the forms to do so, unless it is waived by a court. A ten year old girl can give birth to a baby out of incest and be forced into joint custody with their abuser. The best part? The abuse is not admissable in court in most states and Judges treat the custody case as any other: strictly business between two ex lovers, despite overwhelming evidence of a criminal act, especially between a minor and an adult.


Think about your daughters, mothers, friends, nieces and sisters. Child molesters and rapists don't usually change their spots and it's a proven fact that they cannot be cured so a cycle would be repeated with the child if something isn't done quickly.


I am still fighting the battle and fighting to get Libby's Law passed and be heard. Do your part and help her get justice and protection for herself and her innocent child before it's too late. Do it for the women and children everywhere who are still hiding behind sexual/physical/emotional abuse out of fear of retaliation. DO IT FOR YOURSELF...just in case.

This bill is inspired by my story, based on the book, "The Girl In The Mirror: A Memoir", written by Katherine Deremo.


Sincerely,

Katherine Deremo
(and all my supporters)