Petition to Jay Costa, Pennsylvania State Senate, Robert Casey, Tom Wolf, Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania State House, Andrew Dinniman, Patricia Vance, Stan Saylor, Brendan Boyle, Frank Farry, Glenn Thompson, Mike Kelly, Tim Murphy, Tom Marino, Mike Doyle, Dan Miller, Robert Freeman, Marguerite Quinn, Matthew Cartwright, Lou Barletta, Scott Perry, Charlie Dent, Bill Shuster, Florindo Fabrizio, Robert Brady
Support Safe Harbor Legislation for Sexually Exploited Children
The average age of commercially sexually exploited children is 14. Juvenile victims of sexual exploitation face a life continually threatened by torture, rape, broken bones, fractures, and extreme psychological manipulation to such an extent that most victims develop symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome as a result of having been trafficked. According to the International Labor Organization, 4.5 million illegally trafficked individuals are forcibly sexually exploited, and 21% of those individuals are estimated to be less than 18 years of age. Children who are victimized in the illegal sex trade are still criminalized in the state of Pennsylvania. The state contends that it is legal for juvenile victims of sex trafficking to receive criminal charges for prostitution, public indecency, obstruction of highways and other public passages. According to the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania, Shared Hope’s Protected Innocence Challenge conducted a study of state laws in 2015 that addressed domestic minor sex trafficking. They found that Pennsylvania ranked 35th on the effectiveness of 41 legislative components addressing domestic minor sex trafficking. In regards to Pennsylvania’s attempts to address protective provisions for juvenile victims, it ranked 45th out of 51 states, with the addition of Washington D.C. Senate Bill No. 554, the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund, which proposes to provide special relief for juvenile victims of sexual exploitation in order to restore dignity, provide necessary services, ensure safety, and provide a safe harbor for sexually exploited children. Provisions proposed by the bill include: reimbursement of funds for the costs of removing a tattoo or identifying mark left on the victim by their pimp, safe and stable housing, access to education, employment and life-skills training, comprehensive case management, healthcare and trauma-based therapy, access to personal care items and adequate clothing, treatment for drug and/or alcohol dependency, and other supportive services. Supporting this petition will make a difference in the lives of children who have experienced severe trauma and chronic emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. The sexual exploitation of juveniles is both an international and domestic issue. Supporting Safe Harbor Legislation in the State of Pennsylvania will make provisions for vulnerable children who have been exposed to extremely traumatic and chronic abuse. Additionally, this legislation has the potential to create a societal paradigm shift in which victims of forced prostitution can be rightly understood and cared for as victims, rather than as criminals. I urge you to support this bill and encourage Pennsylvania to join the two thirds of the United States that have taken a stance against the sexual exploitation of minors. I have both volunteered and worked professionally with individuals who have experienced crises related to trauma, domestic violence, and sexual assault. This form of trauma shakes people to the foundation of their being. We will not be able to foster and sustain an exploitation-free society, if we are not empowering people to heal. The ramifications of criminalizing children who have experienced trauma in the form of violence and sexual exploitation are severe in terms of the implications they carry for the future of rape culture and the social acceptability of violence.
Petition to Steve Daines, Jon Tester, Lindsey Grovom, Dennis Lenz, Austin Knudsen, Montana Judicial Standards Commission, Steve Bullock
Impeach Judge John McKeon
A father raped his daughter multiple times and will only serve 60 days of jail time. Judge John C. McKeon sentenced 40 year-old Martin Blake to only 60 days of incarceration and probation for the admitted, multiple rapes of his 12 year-old. Judge McKeon even gave Blake credit for the 17 days served while awaiting trial, meaning he will only serve 43 days for the brutal sexual assault. This is not what the prosecution wanted. They had made a deal with the father that would give him a 100 year sentence with 75 years suspended for the repeated rapes. That would have put the father in jail for 25 years. Judge McKeon ignored what the prosecution recommended, and did what he thought was best for the rapist instead of the victim. 60 days in prison with a suspended 30 year sentence does not match the crime and fails to acknowledge the horrors the victim had to endure. Judge McKeon did not uphold the responsibility of ensuring justice as he is required to in his elected position. The judge provided a number of reasons for his horrible decision. None of them justify the sentence that was handed down. He is just one of many judges who have been caught handing down light sentences to rapists. This must stop and we can only do that by sending a message. It is time to start punishing the judges who let these monsters walk our streets. Please sign this petition calling for the impeachment of Judge John C. McKeon. Judge McKeon seemed to only listen to those who stood by a man who sexually assaulted his own daughter multiple times. From the victim’s mother to his church, they came out in support of Martin Blake. The victim only had the justice system on her side, and it failed her. Judge McKeon failed her. She deserves justice and together we can help be her voice. The Judicial Standards Commission must review this case to right this wrong, but in the meantime, we can ensure Judge McKeon doesn’t get to retire and collect a paycheck from taxpayers after failing to fulfill his duty as a judge. Please sign and show your support for the impeachment of Judge John C. McKeon.
Petition to Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senate, John Flanagan, Carl Marcellino, Terrence Murphy, Thomas O'Mara, Simcha Felder, Ruben Diaz, Neil Breslin, James Tedisco, Jeffrey Klein, Linda Rosenthal, Brad Hoylman
Sign this petition. Protect 43,000 kids from sexual abuse
Do you worry about sex offenders teaching your children? Or coaching them? Or working in a daycare? Most people think sex offender registries and convictions protect their kids The problem is that 9 out of 10 sex offenders never get convicted, and never appear on sex abuse registries. Our criminal justice system fails victims, and statutes of limitation (SOL) on the child sex abuse keep most victims from pressing charges shortly after their 18th birthday. Researchers now know it takes victims, on average, 21 years to disclose their abuse. New York’s SOL on child sexual abuse bars most victims from the court on their 23rd birthday, which ensures most sex offenders stay off registries and around kids. The Child Victims Act lengthens New York’s SOL for this crime and gives older victims a chance to press charges in civil court. It’s a way to identify the predators who are lurking around children. Please, sign this petition and protect children from sexual abuse.
Petition to Florida Governor Rick Scott, Senator Linda Stewart, Florida State Senate, Florida State House
Abolishing the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Crimes Against Minors in Florida
One of my teachers at Oak Ridge High School here in Orlando, FL, sexually abused me when I was two weeks past my 15th. birthday. After burying this deep within me for more than 40 years, I was contacted by another woman who was also abused by him. We have now found out about 5 women who were his victims in the early 1970s. Two of us have met with him. He was forced to admit his crimes, and that he would do whatever we wanted to keep us quiet. One of the women asked him to help her get her high school diploma (she was 1 1/2 credits short because when she went to the guidance counselor at the school, he told her nobody would believe her. She quit coming to school because she was so uncomfortable around him.) I asked him to voluntarily register as a sexual predator, but he slammed his fist on the table and said he would never do that. This man went on to teach for many years after what happened to us and retired with his full pension. His former wife knows all about this, and was contacted by two women from the city where they lived before moving to Orlando, and believed that what we all said was true. These are secrets we kept for many, many years, just like most childhood victims. The average time a child keeps these secrets hidden is between 30 and 40 years, and some never make it known. They fight the demons of their past, and the shame of thinking they caused these horrible deeds to happen. Bouts of anger and depression follow this type of abuse and many times it comes from such a dark place the victim isn't even able to articulate why they are lashing out. We want the statute of limitations for these crimes to be abolished. It is entirely unfair to draw an arbitrary line for those who can be prosecuted, and those who cannot. It is not right that so many of us suffer, and cannot get any justice for what happened. Finding out there were others was the most devastating news I ever heard, and increased my feelings of guilt over what happened with this man. He feels no guilt and has never suffered any consequences for his criminal behavior. These predators don't usually just stop their behaviors until they are caught. There may be many other victims out there, even some that fall within the statute of limitations. Until we are free to voice our accusations (we have been informed by law enforcement officials and the State's Attorney's Office that we could be liable for slander if we use his name in print or make any accusations, even though they believed our claims), we may never know how many more there may be, and indeed, whether or not more children are being victimized at this very moment. This all began before all the accusations against Hollywood directors, and politicians. This has occupied most of our thoughts and actions since each of the victims found out about one another. Seeing these issues brought up in the public eye every day, and not being able to do anything about this has made us feel victimized all over again. It is time to give the children who suffered a chance to find justice. Please. Lift the Statute of Limitations and allow the now adult victims of these horrible crimes their day in court.
Petition to Viacom, MTV
MTV CANCEL ENITRE TEEN-MOM FRANCHISE INCLUDING 16 & PREGNANT
In June, 2009 “16 andPregnant” aired on MTV followed by “Teen Mom” in December, 2009. We believe everyone involved in the creation of these shows started out with good intentions; to place a spotlight on teen pregnancy by showing the challenges young people face mentally, physically, emotionally and financially when bringing a child (ren) into the world. However, over the years the tone of the shows have changed, with the focus being high ratings and monetary gain for Network/show creators. The emotional and life altering toll it has taken on the young men and women is apparent; with the children being put in the most jeopardy. The shows now support and encourage racist views, irresponsible behavior, immoral behavior, favor based on bias, defamation of individuals who are in no way involved in the show, illegal behavior, drug use, domestic violence, DUI and bullying. While the Network proclaims these shows are based on “reality” several cast members have admitted publicly that the scenes are scripted. The producers encourage “public bullying” to support a fictional storyline. Some examples of the aforementioned: Kailyn Lowry repeatedly uses her platform to defame Chris Lopez her child’s father. Ms. Lowry has also driven without a seatbelt, talked on her cellphone without using the “handsfree” option. Ms. Lowry took a stereotypical, racist view in regards to what she believes her son, Isaac’s hair cut should look like, as she stated “White boys don’t get their hair cut like that”. Ms. Lowry physically assaulted Javi Marroquin, on camera and was allowed to remain on the show. Amber Portwood and her fiancé at the time, Matt Baier brought illegal drugs on set during the taping of a “reunion show”. Ms. Portwood physically assaulted her child, Leah’s father, Gary Shirley on camera and although she was charged, served prison time, she has remained on the show. Ryan Edwards has struggled with drug addiction on camera, was filmed by show producers under the influence of drugs, falling asleep while driving and was allowed to remain on the show although he put himself, his fiancé Mackenzie and the general public in harms way. Tyler Baltierra used an offensive racial slur (n-word) while video recording himself and posted the video on social media. MTV has allowed Mr. Baltierra to remain on the show. We find this particularly offensive due to the fact that MTV has not followed any African American teen mom, casting them on Teen Mom over the 9 years that the show has aired. Leah Messer abused drugs while filming, DUI with her children in her vehicle while MTV filmed her actions. Ms. Messer jeopardized her safety, the safety of her children and the general public and she remains on the show. MTV has clearly not set any boundaries or guidelines for the cast; as they are fully aware of the influence the cast has on young adults. In regards to the cast bullying each other on social media; MTV has encouraged this to boost ratings and increase monetary gain. David Eason, husband of cast member Jenelle Evans-Eason was terminated from the show due to “homophobic comments” he made on social media. MTV has stated Mr. Eason’s comments “do not reflect the views of MTV” as the reason behind his termination. While we agree that Mr. Eason’s comments are highly offensive, we also feel domestic violence, racial slurs, defamation, bullying, safety risks to the general public, illegal behavior and irresponsible drug use is also highly offensive. Any one of these offenses should warrant termination. The fact that Mr. Eason was terminated while the other cast members have remained with MTV despite their offensive actions/behavior shows partiality towards certain cast members...”favoritism.” MTV has encouraged a “bully like culture” amongst the cast and put the cast, crew and particularly children in harms way to boost ratings and increase monetary gain. MTV has showed bias by not casting Black “Teen Moms” to boost ratings and increase monetary gain. MTV has irresponsibly produced storylines to boost ratings and increase monetary gain without taking into consideration the negative impact it has had on the lives of the cast (particularly the children) and viewers. MTV has exploited “children having children.”
Petition to Mehbooba Mufti, Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly
Enact a POCSO-like Law to address Child Sexual Abuse in Jammu & Kashmir
Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is the least spoken subject in a conservative society like Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). CSA is spreading like an epidemic in J&K; hence, there has been a consolidated effort by a group of victims and survivors to raise awareness about CSA and the role of parents and schools in preventing CSA, via social media, for almost 2 years. According to a study conducted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2007, 1 in every 2 children is subjected to sexual abuse in one or more forms, before they reach the age of 18. There are no reliable statistics available on CSA in Jammu & Kashmir. Although there is enough evidence that CSA happens in our homes, schools and religious institutions, most people deny the occurrence of CSA in J&K. Despite the fear and social stigma attributed to CSA, there have been several cases where victims/survivors gathered courage and spoke up against their abusers. However, in every single case the delay in the proceedings has been unbearable and very discouraging for the victims. For instance, in February 2016, a teacher was convicted for 10 years in prison after he was proven guilty of having raped a class 9 student. This was only possible because of the patience and perseverance shown by the 14-year-old girl and her widowed mother, who kept fighting for justice for over two years. In another case related to mass CSA, a self-proclaimed Faith Healer is currently facing a trial in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court of Sopore, District Baramulla. Although 8 victims recorded their statements in front of the CJM Sopore in March 2016, it took more than 1 and a half years for the pre-charge trial to be concluded in October 2017. The accused is out on bail, allowing him to continue his abuse under the disguise of faith healing. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 was enacted by the Parliament in order to deal with the menace of CSA in India. The objective, as stated in the preamble of the Act, is “to protect children from offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography, and provide for the establishment of Special Courts for trial of such offences and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.” However, the law is not applicable to the State of Jammu & Kashmir. An unfortunate consequence of this is that the State of Jammu & Kashmir is left without any effective socio-psycho-legal response to CSA cases. The current criminal law, which is used to deal with such cases and which is offender-oriented, is not sufficient to effectively deal with cases of sexual abuse against children. We need a POCSO-like law in J&K specifically for the following reasons: The provisions of current criminal law, which are invoked to deal with a CSA case, do not cover all forms of Child Sexual Abuse. POCSO Act provides for establishing special courts and special public prosecutor to deal with CSA cases. This is not available to victims of CSA in J&K. The current criminal law is offender-oriented and the interaction of the victim with the criminal justice system therefore happens in a very volatile environment, which can possibly lead to re-victimization. POCSO Act provides an empathetic and victim-oriented approach to administration of justice in CSA cases. The current criminal law doesn’t provide for rehabilitation of victims; particularly, when the offender is a family member or a close relative. POCSO Act shifts the burden of proof on the defendant. Unlike current criminal law, where the defendant is presumed ‘innocent until proven guilty’, POCSO Act presumes defendant to be “guilty until proven innocent.” POCSO Act requires mandatory reporting of CSA upon certain individuals and institutions. POCSO Act requires the treatment of a CSA victim as a “child in need of care and protection” under the Juvenile Justice Act, and mandates the involvement of Child Welfare Board in such cases. POCSO Act also requires time-bound (12 months) disposal of CSA cases. In a recent interview about the mass rape of children in Kashmir, Anant Asthana, a child rights' activist and advocate based in Delhi said, “a special law like POCSO is the need of the hour in Jammu and Kashmir to help child victims of sexual offences in availing support from authorities, immediate compensation and a stringent criminal justice system for speedy trial." According to Hakim Yasir Abbas, an Associate Professor at School of Law, University of Kashmir, “Jammu and Kashmir needs a law on the lines similar to POCSO. However, the state has an opportunity to create a better version of the same because while POCSO is a comprehensive law, it still has some loopholes. For example, the definition of child only considers the biological age of the victim and not his mental age. Therefore, a person after attaining the age of 18 years will not be covered by this law even if such person continues to remain a child mentally.” A strong POCSO-like law in J&K will not only encourage the victims of CSA to come forward and seek help but also ensure speedy trial in such cases. Moreover, the law will act as a strong deterrent in preventing child abusers and paedophiles from further abusing children sexually. Please sign my petition and help me in highlighting this issue and convince Government of Jammu & Kashmir to enact this very important law for the prevention of Child Sexual Abuse.
Petition to Joseph Vallario, Kathleen Dumais, Bobby Zirkin, Thomas Miller, Michael Busch
PASS The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act. Stop Serial Rapists & Child Molesters!
The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act (HB301/SB270) is back in 2018! Tell your legislators #TimesUp on serial predators claiming consent and getting away with it. Thanks to sponsors Senator Jim Brochin and Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary! Did you know? According to the CDC, one out of every five American women will experience rape during their lifetime. Every 98 seconds a person is sexually assaulted in this country. And every 8 minutes, that victim is child. Millions of men in the United States are also victims of rape. 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male. The vast majority of rapists will never be incarcerated. Only SIX out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison. When victims finally get to court, they want to believe that justice is imminent. But the laws are stacked against them. In Maryland, serial predators are able to hide prior instances of rape and child molestation from juries. Today, in 2018, a defendant’s past predatory sex acts are not admitted as evidence during a trial… even if a clear pattern of assault or abuse can be established. · If the defendant has a history of rape and assault, including any convictions—the jury will never know it. · If the defendant is a registered sex offender—the jury will never know it. · If there are other victims willing to testify and share their story—the jury will never know it. And while prosecutors cannot introduce this vital evidence, · Serial rapists can— and WILL— try to reference a victim’s sexual history despite rape shield laws. · Serial rapists can— and WILL—claim consent. · Serial rapists can—and WILL—rape again. We need your support. Help change the unimaginable reality Maryland’s victims of serial rapists and child molesters face every day. At least 35 jurisdictions and the federal government already have laws or rules enabling prosecutors to introduce this critical evidence. It is time Maryland joined these states and stood up for survivors of rape and molestation. Sign this petition and help us to pass critical legislation that will close these loopholes, before serial rapists and child molesters continue victimizing our friends, family members, and neighbors. Sign NOW to tell your representatives in the Maryland General Assembly you won’t wait to help victims. Will they?
Petition to President of the United States, Mitch McConnell, Daniel Donovan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Trey Gowdy, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, Eleanor Norton, Paul Cook, Elijah Cummings, Darrell Issa, Don Young, Louie Gohmert, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Theodore Yoho, Tulsi Gabbard, Adam Schiff, Fred Upton, Eliot Engel, Barbara Lee, Nydia Velazquez, John Garamendi, Joe Courtney, Steny Hoyer, Luis Gutierrez, Eric Swalwell, Mike Honda, Jackie Speier, Keith Ellison, Scott Peters, Sheila Jackson Lee
Ban Child Sex Dolls
Right now, teachers, coaches, babysitters, and neighbors, in every town in America, can purchase lifelike, anatomically correct dolls designed to simulate sex with a child. And it’s perfectly legal. These sick dolls are being imported into the United States and other countries. British police have seized more than 100 already in the UK, and authorities have found that the people buying them usually have child pornography too. Sign this petition to ban the sale and distribution of child sex dolls! These child sex dolls can normalize a pedophile’s behaviors, emboldening them to harm children, as is often the case with those who view child pornography. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. One child is too many. Our elected officials need to protect children. That’s why Congressman Dan Donovan from New York is introducing legislation that will ban the distribution and sale of dolls that encourage child abuse. Show your support for this legislation by signing this petition, and help protect America’s children!