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OUR GOAL: Petition the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the President of the United States to pass the "Zero Tolerance" bill into Federal Law.

WHO: Dreamcatchers for Abused Children is an official non-profit 501(c)3 child abuse & neglect organization dedicated to educating the public on child abuse symptoms, intervention, prevention, statistics, reporting, and helping victims locate the proper resources necessary to achieve a full recovery. We need YOUR help to petition the government for mandatory sentencing for child abusers and pedophiles. 

WHY:  CHILD ABUSE IS KILLING OUR CHILDREN--What do you intend to do about it? The mental, physical and sexual torment that pedophiles and abusers are putting our children through is beyond all comprehension and unacceptable. Our children are growing up in a world that allows the very people who are suppose to protect them, abuse them--With only a slap on the wrist as punishment. It is time to make child abuse a heinous crime with ZERO TOLERANCE! 

Zero Tolerance Definition: Zero tolerance imposes automatic punishment for infractions of a stated rule, with the intention of eliminating undesirable conduct. Zero-tolerance policies forbid persons in positions of authority from exercising discretion or changing punishments to fit the circumstances subjectively; they are required to impose a pre-determined punishment regardless of individual culpability, extenuating circumstances, or past history. 

OUTCOME: The proposed "ZERO TOLERANCE" law would impose automatic mandatory sentences for any individual found guilty of child abuse with NO plea bargaining and NO parole.

 

WE PETITION THE GOVERNMENT TO IMPOSE:

1. Mandatory sentence for any individual found guilty of any crime relating to child abuse.

2. Mandatory sentence for any individual found guilty of allowing or causing the death of a child.

3. Abolish plea bargains for ALL crimes against children.

4. Abolish parole for ALL crimes against children.

 

OUR PETITION:

We, the undersigned, call on the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to pass a comprehensive Federal Law imposing mandatory sentences for anyone found guilty of child abuse with no plea bargaining and no parole.

--Serious injury to a child and/or child sexual abuse:

   15-year sentence...No plea bargain...No chance of parole

 --Serious injury to a child that results in death:

   25-years--Life...No plea bargains...No chance for parole

 

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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Please sign this petition, share it with others, and contact your legislators at the Federal Level and urge them to pass the Zero Tolerance Law!! 

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ABOUT DREAMCATCHERS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN:

PLEASE VISIT OUR OFFICIAL WEBSITE AT:
www.dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com

DREAMCATCHERS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN is an official non-profit 501(c)3 child abuse & neglect organization. (EIN #35-2331592)

OUR MISSION: is to educate the public on child abuse symptoms, intervention, prevention, statistics, reporting, and helping victims locate the proper resources necessary to achieve a full recovery.

OUR GOAL: is to lower child abuse statistics by educating the public on every aspect of child abuse through successful campaigns that provide educational materials & literature concerning child abuse & neglect, treatment for recovery, coping skills, family and peer support, prevention, communication skills and empowerment to families, victims and survivors.

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
Dear U.S. Senate , U.S. House of Representatives and the President of the United States

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We are writing to you today to urge you to pass the "ZERO TOLERANCE" Law: Mandatory Sentences for Child Abusers.

CHILD ABUSE IS KILLING OUR CHILDREN--What do you intend to do about it? The mental, physical and sexual torment that pedophiles and abusers are putting our children through is beyond all comprehension and unacceptable. Our children are growing up in a world that allows the very people who are suppose to protect them, abuse them--With only a slap on the wrist as punishment. It is time to make child abuse a heinous crime with ZERO TOLERANCE!

Zero Tolerance Definition: Zero tolerance imposes automatic punishment for infractions of a stated rule, with the intention of eliminating undesirable conduct. Zero-tolerance policies forbid persons in positions of authority from exercising discretion or changing punishments to fit the circumstances subjectively; they are required to impose a pre-determined punishment regardless of individual culpability, extenuating circumstances, or past history.

The proposed "ZERO TOLERANCE" law would impose automatic mandatory sentences for any individual found guilty of child abuse with NO plea bargaining and NO parole.


DID YOU KNOW?
*1 in every 3 girls will be sexually molested before the age of 18
*1 in every 6 boys will be sexually molested before the age of 18
*Every 10 SECONDS a child is abused, raped or killed in the U.S.
*Today up to 5 children will die from abuse or neglect
*There were 2.9 million child abuse reports made in 1992
*ONLY 28% of the children identified as harmed by abuse are investigated
*Boys are at a greater risk of serious injury and of emotional neglect than are girls
*85% of the 1.2 - 1.5 million runaways are fleeing abuse at home
*80% of perpetrators are biological parents
*60 % of male survivors report at least one of their perpetrators to be female
*Children in mother-only households are 4 times more likely to be fatally abused
*Female abusers are typically younger than male abusers.
*The median age was 30 years for women and 33 years for men
*Untreated child abuse increases the likelihood of arrest for a violent crime by 38 percent
*60 MILLION survivors are former victims of child sexual abuse in America today
*71 % of child sex offenders are under the age of 35
*38% of women & 20% of men have been sexually abused during adolescence
*It is estimated that 3%-6% of the clergy population has abused a child
*The typical child sex offender molests an average of 117 children--most of whom do not report the offense

FACTS:
**The safest family for a child is a home in which the biological parents are married.
**Cohabitation, an increasing phenomenon, is a major factor in child abuse.
**The incidence of child abuse decreases significantly as family income increases.
**Child abuse frequently is inter-generational.
**Child abuse is prevalent in "communities of abuse" with family breakdown.
**Child abuse is directly associated with serious violent crime.
**The lowest risk ratio for abuse is one in which the biological parents are married and the family has always been intact.
**Abuse is 6x's higher in the second-safest environment: the blended family in which the divorced mother has remarried.
**Abuse is 14x's higher if the child is living with a biological mother who lives alone.
**Abuse is 20x's higher if the child is living with a biological father who lives alone.
**Abuse is 20x's higher if the child is with biological parents who are not married but are cohabiting.
**Abuse is 33x's higher if the child is living with a mother who is living with a man.
** 1,500 children die from abuse each year.
**There are 140,000 injuries to children from abuse each year.
**There are 1.7 million reports of child abuse each year.
** 1 in 4 women in North America were molested in childhood.
**2 million+ cases of child abuse and neglect are reported each year in the U.S.
**An estimated 150,000 to 200,000 new cases of sexual abuse occur each year.
**There were an estimated 903,000 victims of maltreatment nationwide.
**An estimated 1,100 children died of abuse and neglect, a rate of approximately 1.6
**1 in 7 males will have been sexually molested before the age of 18.
**10 deaths per 100,000 children per year in the general populations.
**Each day in the U.S. more than 3 children die as a result of child abuse in the home.
**Child abuse is reported on average every 10 seconds.
**Approximately 3 MILLION child abuse reports are made each year.
**Only two-thirds of the reported cases were investigated.
**An estimated 903,000 victims were substantiated by child protective services agencies in 1998.
**Convicted rape and sexual assault offenders report that 2/3 of their victims were under18.
**Among rape victims less than 12 yo, 90% of the children knew the offender
**Frequently, the person who sexually molests a child is also a child themselves...

DRAMATIC INCREASE IN STATISTICS:
**Abuse and Neglect of American Children Has Increased 134% Since 1980
**Physical Abuse Has Increased 84% Since 1980
**Sexual Abuse Has Increased 350% Since 1980
**Emotional Abuse Has Increased 333% Since 1980
**Child Neglect Abuse Has Increased 320% Since 1980

NATIONAL:
*Since 1990, 10,000+ U.S. children have died at the hands of their parents/caretakers.
* Four children die every day in this country from child abuse and neglect.
* In 2000, over 3 million children were reported as abused or neglected in the U.S.
* 80 percent of violent juvenile and adult prisoners were raised in violent homes.
* One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before the age 18.
* Abused children are 25 times more likely to repeat a grade.
* 75 percent of high school dropouts have a history of abuse in their families.
* 45 percent of abused children become adult alcoholics.
* Survivors of abuse are six times more likely to become abusive parents.
* The United States annually spends an estimated $258 million on foster care, incarceration and other societal costs because of the abuse and neglect of children. This amounts to $1,460 per family, per year. Despite these high costs, the federal government invested only $10 in prevention research for every case reported.

RECIDIVISM RATES:
Overall, follow-up studies typically find sexual recidivism rates of 10%-15% after five years, 20% after 10 years, and 30%-40% after 20 years ( Hanson, Morton, & Harris, 2003). Researchers in a 1999 study (Ahlmeyer, English, and Simons) found that, through polygraph examinations, the number offenders who "crossed over" age groups of victims is extremely high. The study revealed that before polygraph examinations, 6 percent of a sample of incarcerated sex offenders had both child and adult victims, compared to 71 percent after polygraph exams. Thus, caution must be taken in placing sex offenders in exclusive categories. Marshall and Barbaree (1990) found in their review of studies that the recidivism rate for specific types of offenders varied:

Incest offenders ranged between 4 and 10 percent.
Rapists ranged between 7 and 35 percent.
Child molesters with female victims ranged between 10 and 29 percent.
Child molesters with male victims ranged between 13 and 40 percent.

The vast majority of sex offenses are never reported. For instance, the National Women's Study surveyed a representative sample of over 4,000 adult women in the United States . Three hundred forty-one (8.5%) of these women were victims of at least one rape prior to the age of 18; however, only 11.9% of these women reported the rape to authorities (Hanson et al., 1990). And it must be remembered, of the few offenses reported, an even smaller number result in convictions.

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~ Imagine the outcry if these statistics represented a disease, which was wiping out 5 children per day, victimizing millions, and who's by-products where disabilities & expanding violence. Youth rights are really about human rights, and simple empathy is a giant first step to the benefits of increased awareness. The high jump in child abuse statistics shows the importance of youth rights by showing cases of frightening lack of knowledge!!~

....Go ahead....
IT'S TIME TO GET ANGRY ABOUT CHILD ABUSE IN OUR NATION!!!!
If we don't stand up for our children, we don't stand for much!!!!
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WE PETITION THE GOVERNMENT TO IMPOSE:

1. Mandatory sentence for any individual found guilty of any crime relating to child abuse.

2. Mandatory sentence for any individual found guilty of allowing or causing the death of a child.

3. Abolish plea bargains for ALL crimes against children.

4. Abolish parole for ALL crimes against children.

We, the undersigned, call on the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to pass a comprehensive Federal Law imposing mandatory sentences for anyone found guilty of child abuse with no plea bargaining and no parole.

--Serious injury to a child and/or child sexual abuse:

15-year sentence...No plea bargain...No chance of parole

--Serious injury to a child that results in death:

25-years--Life...No plea bargains...No chance for parole


Please help protect our children and give them the justice they deserve by sponsoring, voting, and passing the Zero Tolerance Law at the federal level.

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Sincerely,
The Undersigned