Protections for Cadet Staff with disabilities from stigma and abuse.

Protections for Cadet Staff with disabilities from stigma and abuse.

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Christopher Lovell started this petition to Ministry of Defense (Captain Russell) and

This petition is not only for myself, but for those with disabilities, such as Autism, Asperger's (High functioning Autism), Downs Syndrome. 

My name is Christopher Lovell and I have been victim of stigma and neglect of staff members in the London Area of the Sea Cadet Corps. I have been living with my Asperger's Syndrome since I was 6, my social skills have never been brilliant, but being treated I have been and still am has affected my mental health severely.

I have only been in the Sea Cadets for bearly 2 years, still a Probationary Petty Officer and transferred to THREE different Units, to try and have me fit in and feel comfortable in the Cadet Force Society. I have always loved to give in service to others without a care or thought for myself. I consider myself as a true patriot of my country which is why I chose to do my services in the Sea Cadets, rather than join the military. I have suffered one sided arguments from my former CO in a cadet unit I was in for approx 15 months and numerous "false reports" from other members of London Area staff at Crowboroough Army Camp during my core modules. They are all completed and passed successfully, however they decided to try and use constructive dismissal attempt when I was about to sign up for basic leadership and make my rank as a Petty Officer official.

After a 6 month period of "service leave" I attended EMDR Therapy for PTSD, which was intense and successful. As proof for my part of conditions of returning to the Sea Cadets. The Area Officer was happy with the outcome and assigned me to a 3rd unit to start fresh. I only had joined that unit for barely 4 weeks and already the CO of that unit falsely petitioned to the Area Officer that I should not attend that unit ever again under false accusations of "failure to follow instructions" and "breach of unauthorised areas".

1. There was no instruction that I did not follow as I was not called up to teach any lesson until my "apparent last evening"

2. The Co did not disclose to me in any circumstance that the area "restricted" was off limits on a non cadet evening. So the responsibility of failing to notify his fellow colleagues lies with him and should be punished for failing to provide vital information.

What shocks me the most is they seem to have targeted me in such a way it's like they are treating me as equivalent to a child molester. There have been in my experience only 1 person who admitted to me in the Sea Cadet Marines side on having sex with 16/17 year old cadets. This is the shocking result of the SCC as they do not seem to know that they still have child abusers under their noses. Yet they choose to punish people with disabilities for the smallest thing and not want anything to do with you in the first instance.

From the first investigation I had to do Subject Access Request for all information and reports made against me and rightly so. I had done a 12 page report detailing the truth from 6 reports against me which gained me victory on my case. Now I am doing it all over again from these recent accusations. (NOT MOLESTING ACCUSATION to make that point clear)

The Area Officer was going to have me appointed as the Welfare Officer, to provide help and advice to (mainly staff) and cadets to reduce stigma for Staff and cadets with disabilities. This has objectives to reduce discrimination and protections for vulnerable staff and cadets, so we can all fit in, be equal and current RNR's and RMR's Officers (long term served for 20 plus years) adapt to current change of 2020 and not have narrow mindedness from past discriminant behaviours. This can relate to HIV (1986), Autism of all levels (1990) Downs Syndrome (1975).

 

I sincerely hope that you see the clear picture on my plea to have this important change where the London AO was happy to enforce, yet people get in the way and are scared of this new change which will benefit THOUSANDS of not only Cadet servicemen/women, but St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, NHS and so forth. I created a presentation on Barriers to Communication on Asperger's Syndrome. National Sea Cadet Headquarters love it so much they requested to keep a copy to enforce for change. This presentation being my property and creation, I should have the duty on carrying this out.

 

Thank you for your time and reading. Please sign and let us make a difference for all both young and old with disabilities who want to make a difference for the future.

 

Kindest Regards

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