Ashley Kline's Law: Protection from violence against any person with a disability
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On December 30, 2013, Ashley Lynn Kline, 23 years old, disappeared from her father's home in Robesonia, PA. Her body was found nearly two weeks later on January 12, 2014. After the investigation, it was found that Ashley Kline was brutally murdered. She was forced into the woods. She was then stabbed, doused with gasoline and lit on fire while she was still alive.
At a young age, Ashley suffered from lead poisoning which affected her learning capability due to insufficient brain development. We feel she was targeted for such a senseless, traumatic crime because she did not think, act or speak as someone her age did.
I am GiAnna Weller, Ashley Kline's cousin. I am writing this petition asking that a new law be put into effect, to further protect people who are more vulnerable due to any type of disability. A person with a disability is more easily targeted and at risk for the fact that they can not physically or mentally protect themselves as a human without these disabilities would.
I'm writing to propose that a new law be put into effect, stating that anyone who intentionally bullies, harms, endangers, and/or is found to perform any act of violence on a human being that suffers from any type of disability (including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome, Blindness or Low Vision, Brain Injuries, Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, Learning Disabilities, Medical Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Psychiatric Disabilities, Speech and Language Disabilities), be given a greater consequence when found guilty, compared to intentionally doing any of the above listed things to a person who may think, act and speak as a normal individual. I also ask, that any type of serious act of violence to any person with a disability, be taken into serious consideration and be reviewed as soon as possible when reported to law enforcement. This will ensure the safety of the victim, and prevent future harm.
I am also asking that as part of this law, if any person at any age reported MISSING, suffers from a disability as stated above, a report from local police must be made immediately to state police. A 24 hour investigation must be performed and all necessary steps must be taken to find the missing person as soon as possible. There will also be a program between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious disabled person cases. The goal will be to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the missing person. This will be called, the "ASHLEY ALERT"
As of today, January 17, 2014, Ashley's case is still pending. This petition is to prevent future horrific acts of violence, such as this and any related offenses. Also to be sure that any of the related offenses are treated with the highest criminal charge and execution level possible.
The case of Ashley Kline is tragic and her story deserves to be heard. In her honor, let's do all that is necessary to prevent another case like this from happening ever again. We need to make sure that our children and the children of the future, with any type of a disability, do not have to live in fear.
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