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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, North Carolina State House, Josh Stein, North Carolina Governor, Alma Adams, Richard Burr, Donald Trump

Domestic Violence Victims shouldn’t have to wait a year and day to divorce their abuser

In the State of North Carolina the law for a married couple to get a divorce is a separation of a year and one day. There are no exceptions to this rule. This can be understandable for a cooling off period. However, there should be some exceptions to this rule. One in particular that would be in the instance of Domestic Violence. The victim has to remain married to their abuser for the year and one day before they can file for divorce. There should be an exception to the rule. There are so many things that are unable to be changed for the victim without the divorce decree. In a lot of instances, they feel unprotected. If there is proof and an order is in place, a victim should be able to file for divorce from their abuser within 60-90 days instead of the normal year and a day. I myself have experienced my abuser able to get a job at my same place of employment, loss of insurance without a divorce decree, and unable to have separation of items through courts leaving me in a financial drain and him in a financial gain. There is so much more as well but this was just the tip of the iceberg. I can’t change my name and he has used his status to illegally gain access to medical records. When I tried to remove my abuser from my health insurance, they told me that Domestic Violence orders and separations do not count as a change in status to remove him. I was forced to carry his health insurance until I couldn’t afford to pay the premiums and the insurance company dropped me. A person who has Lupus, RA, and other health issues. Victims need to be protected more.

Sarah Robinson
142,754 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Archbishop William Edward Lori, Reverend Louis Bianco, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Office of Safe Environment, Office of the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Office of the Archbishop William E Lori

Demand an independent investigation into former Bishop Bransfield's conduct

On September 13th, it was announced that then-Bishop Michael Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston would resign his post after allegations of sexual harassment had been made against him. Pope Francis has asked Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori to serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese and to conduct an investigation into the claims made against former-Bishop Bransfield. While the investigation by Archbishop Lori is welcomed, it is not far enough. We call on the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to engage and cooperate with the Attorney General of West Virginia's Office or another independent outside counsel to conduct a thorough investigation and review of Bishop Bransfield's and the Diocese's conduct. - As a part of this investigation, questions about possible criminal misconduct committed by Bishop Bransfield or any other member of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston should be answered. - The scope of the investigation should not be limited only to allegations of sexual harassment against Bishop Bransfield, but should include any issue that arises during the investigation including but not limited to issues of malfeasance, conspiracy to hide allegations from the public, possible financial fraud, or other violations of the public's trust. - The independent investigator should make public and available a report summarizing its findings upon completion of the investigation within a reasonable time period, but consistent in a way that will not deter any possible criminal or civil proceedings against the Diocese or former Bishop Bransfield. Those who are in positions of authority must be held accountable for their actions, especially when those actions inflict emotional, physical, or spiritual pain. Additionally, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston owes its members, past and present, transparency at this time. Finally, we owe a great amount of respect to the survivors of the allegations made against former Bishop Bransfield. Their courage is remarkable and should be reflected upon throughout this process. We owe them not only our prayers, but our understanding. Bishop Bransfield allegedly intentionally took advantage of his position and inflicted pain, including spiritual pain, on the survivors. The pain his alleged actions inflicted go beyond the people who suffered directly from his harassment, but impact every friend and family member of those survivors. Further, his alleged actions have caused pain to all Catholics in West Virginia and beyond. An investigation will not reverse the impact of his alleged actions, but it will provide accountability to power and should help prevent future abuses. A hotline has been established for those wishing to share any information related to this investigation: 1-833-272-4225.

Brendan Lyman
540 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Madison County Courthouse, Judge E. Bailey Browning, III, Congressman Ted Yoho, Senator Bill Montford, Greg S. Parker

Protect Toddler With Autism From Abusive Father

Tell Madison County Florida Courts That We The People Want to Keep Mihael Safe From His Abusive Father!   1.       Shortly after the child was born his father signed and had notarized a document to relieve him of his parental rights. 2.       On August the 16th, 2013 The Child’s mother had to get a domestic violence summons against the Father because of violence towards members of household, including the child and damage of property. He had walked off with the child and returned with a bleeding hole in his head, the father refused to explain, he was just a new born. Social Worker Erin Graves investigated and found the Domestic Violence to exist. 3.       On November 30th, 2014 at the end of the Petitioner’s first and only unsupervised visitation, which was a four day visit, the child was returned to his mother the same clothing he was wearing when his mother dropped the child off for visitation. The child had a second degree cigarette burn to the face, moderate diaper rash, tina corporis/ Ringworm and a bump on his head. The incident was listed as suspected child abuse. The hospital called the State Police for Criminal Abuse/ Child and Officer B Hill made a report of the abuse and took photographs of the injuries. Officer Hill advised the Mother to take steps to have visitation with the Petitioner stopped 4.       The father had multiple disappearances and stays in Mental hospitals, for wanting to kill others, and himself. There were also threats to neighbors of the mother left on their garage. 5.       On November the 16th, 2015, officers had to be called to the home of the mother, where for approximately ten hours the Father held the mother, the child, and the child’s grandmother hostage inside the home while keeping a knife to the child’s throat. The child witnessed his mother be beat by his father , and  threatening to burn the house down with everyone inside it. A neighbor noticed something was wrong and called State Troopers, who arrived with guns drawn. Officers escorted the father off the property to be mentally evaluated and later that night served him the Domestic Violence Summons. 6.       On November the 18th 2015 Social Service Worker Mandy Scott started an investigation, where Mandy Scott found the abuse by the father to be substantiated. Social services in Kentucky where these incidents took place, do not want the father to have visitation. 7.       On November the 25th 2015 a Domestic Violence Order was issued against the Father, which lists him to stay away no less than 500 feet away from from the Mother, the child, and the rest of their family, no exceptions. 8.       Social Worker Mandy Scott has said in an email that while the Domestic Violence Order is standing the father would not be able to get any type of visitation. 9.       Shortly after moving to Florida, the family’s home which was empty and had no power burned to the ground, after the father had said multiple times he was going to burn it to the ground with everyone in it. 10.   The father has hired people to watch the family, which is against federal law, and police in the father’s own home town wish to press charges for this because it is his home town where he hired them. 11.    The Mother has given to the court multiple reports and evidence of the abuse of the child by his father. 12.   The Child has autism, he is on the severe side of autism spectrum disorder, along with PTSD and Separation Anxiety from the incident where his father held him at knife point for ten hours and he witnessed the violence against his mother on November 16th 2015. The child has not spoken since the incident on November 16th 2015, and is going to therapy three times a week now. 13.   The original Judge on the case here in Florida said he would not give any visitation with the father, unless it was supervised and video typed. 14.   Judge Decker the original Judge has been suspended for reasons not having to do with this case. A new Judge, Judge Browning took over the case, while the mother was unavailable for her child’s appointments. The Judge never looked at the case file, the evidence, or the testimony of Social Workers and stated the mother was to write a response, though the response would not matter because she did not want the father to have visitation, but he was giving him 50/50 parental responsibility, and is going to let him take the child to Tennessee for days at a time, which places the child in danger of physical and mental abuse by the father. Even the child’s doctors are saying it is dangerous and will cause mental distress. The judge also does not care about the child’s medical appointments. Nor does the Judge care about the violence protection order. The Judge did not even read the case file nor look at the evidence in the case file, the Judge himself stated three times he "Thumb'd through it," which is a violation of civil rights. SO LET’S TELL MADISON COUNTY COURTS IN FLORIDA WE WANT MIHAEL KEPT SAFE!  

Betty Smith
8,845 supporters