child abuse

194 petitions

Update posted 3 hours ago

Petition to Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris

License Boys & Girls Clubs To Keep Children Safe

Child abuse, molestation and sexual assaults against children have reached epidemic proportions. According to RAINN, every 8 minutes a child is sexually assaulted, "but only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison."  The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that, "Children are most vulnerable to CSA [child sexual abuse] between the ages of 7 and 13." If you Google Boys & Girls Clubs and abuse, you will find a horrifying pattern across the country: children are being abused, the abusers were often already suspected and reported, and Boys & Girls Clubs conducts their own investigations, instead of going to the police.  The children need therapy; instead, they are shunned, shamed, and silenced. Frequently, the perpetrators are not turned in, which allows them to continue harming more and more children.  Since Boys & Girls Clubs are nonprofit organizations, they use donations and public funds.  The money should be used to support children, not to support the defense of sex abuse of children. At Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley, Paul Dwayne Kilgore was reported by children, employees, parents, and community members, but he wasn't stopped until after he left the organization, when an alert and ethical Mandated Reporter made a report to police.  Boys & Girls Clubs of America tells affiliate sites to conduct their own investigations; at Sonoma Valley, they didn't follow the Mandated Reporter laws of California, and they didn't offer counseling to the children and families.  After continually denying culpability for more than a year and allowing for a restricted donation to be spent on attorneys' fees, Cary Dacy, CEO, Robert Julian, a white collar criminal defense attorney, and Willard "Dub" Hay, offered an illegal NDA to the Compliance Officer to attempt to conceal the truth.  The victims have been left without support.  This story is repeated over and over, as Boys & Girls Clubs of America continues to lobby and argue for their licensing exemption in states throughout the country.  The situation in California, which has some of the strictest laws on Mandated Reporting, demonstrates that Boys & Girls Clubs should not be left to regulate themselves.  After almost five months of attempting to gain compliance, the organization continues to fail to do right by the children and claims "justice has been done"; simultaneously, they have had Joseph O'Dea, the attorney in the Penn State Sandusky matter, contact the former Compliance Officer.  This is not justice.  Justice cannot occur until Boys & Girls Clubs are licensed just like other childcare providers; their actions demonstrate that they do not deserve an exemption.  Please sign the petition to help in obtaining true justice.  Thank you.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley's Failures
131 supporters
Update posted 10 hours ago

Petition to The Walt Disney Company, Marvel, Walt Disney

Emergency: Tell @Disney Not to Re-Hire James Gunn!

Friday afternoon, James Gunn, the writer-director of the blockbuster comic book movie series, The Guardians of the Galaxy, was fired by Disney for hosting a large body of commentary dedicated to pedophilia (and worse). Far-right social conservative, but someone who lives and works among those in Hollywood, Ben Shapiro, quickly took to Gunn's defense. (Presumably, reciprocating for Gunn coming to Shapiro's defense just days prior.) Gunn is accused of not just making pedophilistic jokes, but writing over 10,000 comments on Twitter and an entire body of work on his personal blog, of the course of years, that he scrubbed off the internet Friday morning. Now, fans and Shapiro are trying to call Disney out. They believe Disney, which may have additional evidence, made the wrong decision. They want Disney to re-hire Gunn and restore him to a role where he is working with children and making a children's movie. Worse, Shapiro's piece is being used in Hollywood union halls and executive offices to suggest that Gunn's firing was only to "appease the Trumpists" and that conservatives actually protest the firing. Are you a conservative standing with Gunn and Shapiro against children?  This is dangerous.  We believe this is an error. Please petition and call Disney and Marvel and tell them NOT TO RE-HIRE JAMES GUNN. Please tweet this everywhere until Disney puts out a statement reaffirming their prudent decision. 

Ali Alexander
4,304 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to The Board of VOM USA, Jim Dau

Investigate Why Voice of the Martyrs Funded the Abuse of Nigerian Orphans

In January 2016, while on a mission trip to Nigeria, we were told by some people there of great wickedness that was being perpetrated in Voice of the Martyrs work in Nigeria. Voice of the Martyrs is a ministry that purports to help persecuted Christians. In Nigeria, there were many victims of Muslim persecution, and it was one of their highest profile countries for fundraising. There were several projects in Nigeria, including the Stephen's Center - a home for children effected by persecution, Basic Response - which arranged for care of attack victims, and a prosthetic clinic - to provide limbs for those who had lost them.  We have returned twice after that initial trip to investigate, and are convinced that instead of helping the people of Nigeria, Voice of the Martyrs has been harming people in tragic and shameful ways. For the full story, please watch the video we've posted online, Persecuting the Persecuted. The wickedness we have uncovered includes the following: Isaac Newton, the director of the Voice of the Martyrs in Nigeria, has been accused by many credible witnesses of habitually sexually assaulting girls in the Stephen's Center Isaac continued this abuse by threatening the victims and their families with expulsion from the school or the removal of Voice of the Martyrs monetary assistance Isaac has retaliated against anyone who confronted him or tried to end his wickedness Isaac had stolen much of the funds that was provided by Voice of the Martyrs The children in the Stephen's Center have been mistreated and not provided with the food and supplies that they need Financial corruption has been rampant through Voice of the Martyrs in Nigeria Many victims have not received the money that was specifically raised to help them Through our conversations in Nigeria and more than a year spent urging Voice of the Martyrs to act, we discovered wrongdoing closer to home. It seems that Voice of the Martyrs had reason to know what was going on, and their actions have covered up the evil that was done instead of fighting to end it. There are Voice of the Martyrs ministries in many different countries that although separate, often collaborate. VOM USA is the largest by far and gave most of the funding, and had the most oversight over Nigeria. In our video, you can find a more complete story of our interactions with VOM USA. But to summarize: VOM USA investigated these allegations years before we heard of them. They said their efforts uncovered nothing, yet in just a few days we could assemble a story from many witnesses and while it should not be sufficient for a court, it should have been sufficient to start a real investigation. We know that the allegations of molestation were reported to VOM USA in 2015, yet they did not investigate, but insisted that the abuse had been done by an employee who had died. VOM USA promised to have multiple outside investigations done, but no investigators ever contacted us for any information and we never heard about it again. VOM USA supported Isaac in his efforts to fire two employees who were reporting his abuse, without caring to investigate those allegations of abuse. Even when they eventually defunded Isaac, VOM USA gave land and goods worth over $100,000 to him - someone who they had every reason to believe was abusing those who he claimed to be helping. In our conversations with VOM USA we have on many occasions been told false or contradictory information. VOM USA seems to have been working to delay and distract us to avoid dealing with the issue. VOM USA has repeatedly denied any responsibility for what went on by claiming that VOM in Nigeria was a completely separate organization that they just funded. Yet that obscures the reality that they were far more involved and intertwined, VOM USA having managerial authority over Nigerian employees, making hiring and firing decisions.  Voice of the Martyrs has repeatedly failed to investigate serious wrongdoing when given the opportunity. They have sided with the oppressors instead of the victims. They have repeatedly proven themselves untrustworthy.  We believe that Voice of the Martyrs needs to bring in independent, outside investigators from a well-respected third party to conduct a full investigation and publicly release their findings. Donors need to understand why VOM USA did not fight to end this evil when it was brought to their attention. We need to understand who was involved in allowing this to happen, and how we can have confidence that it will never happen again in VOM USA.    "To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke" - Isaiah 58:6b  "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light." - Ephesians 5:11-13 "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." - John 3:19-21  

Reformation Baptist Church
666 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to pa state judicial conduct board

Removal of Judge Jeffrey G. Trauger

In October 2016, Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey G. Trauger had entered an interim order granting the girl’s mother primary custody and Mancuso weekend visitation rights, records show. The two challenged that initial ruling multiple times, alleging the other violated the order. In a May decision, Trauger reaffirmed primary custody for Kayden’s mother — who lives with her husband and two young sons in Lower Bucks County — but with new restrictions on Mancuso. Instead of getting custody of his daughter on alternate weeks from Thursday afternoon to Monday morning, he was limited to Saturdays and Sundays, family members said. The order noted that Kayden personally witnessed her father’s violent behavior when he was frustrated or angry. It also recounted Mancuso’s assault conviction for biting off part of a man’s ear at a South Philadelphia bar in 2012, his abusive interaction with Kayden’s teacher and principal at her Lower Makefield Township school, and a psychiatrist’s conclusion that he suffered from major depression. Trauger also noted that Kayden’s mother told a custody evaluator that Mancuso “was violent to her when they were together.” He allowed a historically VIOLENT man to have un monitored visits even after the child expressed fear.    RIP Kayden

Heather Lynn
37,570 supporters