child abuse

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Update posted 18 hours ago

Petition to Viacom, MTV


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.”

Leslie McMahon
128 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

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.

Musab Omer
4,447 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

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?

Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City
3,971 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

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!

Stop Abuse Campaign
161,804 supporters