Create Christian's Law
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Create Christian's Law

    1. Laurie A.  Couture
    2. Petition by

      Laurie A. Couture

      Exeter, NH

In 2009, 13 year old Christian Choate was beaten to death after years of physical and mental torture by his father and step mother. He was confined to a wire dog cage for the last year of his life, not being allowed to eat, hydrate, use the toilet, play or move around. He wrote pages of heart-wrenching accounts of his suffering, wondering when an adult would come to rescue him. After dying from blows to the head, his body was wrapped in trash bags, buried and encased in cement by his father and step mother. In July of 2011, his body was finally discovered by authorities.

For ten years prior to Christian's death, child protective authorities investigated and visited the family, most of the time concluding that they found "no evidence" of abuse and neglect. The Indiana child protective (DCS) spokesperson, Anne Houseworth claimed, "We followed all state laws, all policies and procedures." She added, "If we don't see evidence of abuse, and no one admits anything is going on, there is nothing for us to do,"

Children all over the country suffer the gross failure of the system to protect them, but it is only when tragedies occur, like the death of Christian, that the public becomes aware of the severity of the problem. In the interests of following protocol, even in cases when years and years of reports are made, child protective authorities refuse to remove children from severely abusive and physically neglectful environments. Terrified children rarely admit to abuse or neglect when questioned and parents are often notified ahead of time before social workers arrive.

Tell law makers to make it a felony if the supervisors of state child protective authorities fail to take action to protect children when more than two separate, credible reports have been made against a family or when there is strong suspicion by CPS that there is severe physical abuse, sexual abuse and/or severe physical neglect (not educational neglect) occurring in the home.


Protection can be a number of different services, such as daily in home visits from social workers to observe family dynamics over a period of time, mandatory parenting education with home observations, classes for the children teaching them about their right to be free from abuse and how to identify it, mandatory in home therapy from a team with the focus on attachment parenting education (not child behavior modification), placing the child with relatives while the parents receive treatment, placing the entire family in a "foster care"  situation with a supportive family modeling healthy child care, placing the entire family in a program with a small group of other families or, in the case of chronic abuse or chronic severe physical neglect, the parents refusing to cooperate with services or in a case of  life threatening torture, removal of the child from the parents.

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    1. Share this petition with everyone who cares about children!

      Laurie A.  Couture
      Petition Organizer

      I have renewed this petition and am asking that we all share this to collect at least 5,000 signatures. Let's do this for Christian Choate and other abused children who have no voice!

    2. Another case of CPS not protecting tortured child

      Laurie A.  Couture
      Petition Organizer

      Yet another case of multiple reports to CPS deemed as "unsubstantiated" in the case of a child tortured for years http://nospank.net/n-u68.htm. We need to get this petition to the media!

    3. Department of Child Services documents released

      Laurie A.  Couture
      Petition Organizer

      It is clear from these reports that child protective services continued to rule as "unsubstantiated" the allegations against the adults in this household, even though there were chronic allegations prior to Christian moving in! http://bit.ly/phbwAH

    4. Please do not allow this petition to be diluted by side tracked petitions

      Laurie A.  Couture
      Petition Organizer

      My petition puts the focus where Christian and most other abused children need it- By proposing a law holding Child Protective Services workers and their supervisors accountable for failing to protect children! Homeschooling does not hurt children!

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. Please help us reach 10,000 Signatures for Christian!

      Laurie A.  Couture
      Petition Organizer

      Please pass the link tot his petition on to news outlets in your area and to your friends and family. Let's reach 10,000 signatures so we can help children who are suffering like Christian suffered.

    7. Reached 2,000 signatures
    8. Please help this petition go viral!

      Laurie A.  Couture
      Petition Organizer

      Right as you read this, there are children like Christian who are being abused and neglected and there are Child Protective Services workers fielding reports. Help influence the quality of the work that they do by helping to create Christian's Law!

    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. Clarified options for child protection

      Laurie A.  Couture
      Petition Organizer

      I updated the petition to clarify the many options social workers have for protecting children for those people who are fearful that this petition would lead to inappropriate removal of children.

    11. Reached 500 signatures
    12. Already at 250!

      Laurie A.  Couture
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! It's been less than two hours and the petition to create Christian's Law exploded with over 250 signatures already!

    13. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Katie A. GREENWOOD, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      My hometown was near the location that this crime occurred. It was horrifying to learn that something more wasn't done after countless reports of neglect and cruelty in this household.

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    • Imogen Jolly BURLINGTON, VT
      • over 1 year ago

      This story breaks my heart. I wish I could've helped Christian. I'm just so sad that he suffered like this. I want to do something to prevent other children from suffering in this way.

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    • Bridget Lowry GRANDVIEW, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      This is very important for no child or human should be put through this kind of torture ever!!

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    • dawn lawalin CORYDON, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      My sisters and I were all abused by our 'parents'. It needs to stop, it MUST stop tho I doubt I'll see it in my lifetime, maybe it will by the time my grandkids have grandchildren of their own.

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    • Craig Dolgin PALM COAST, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

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