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child abuse

206 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Governor Hogan

Better Sex Offender Laws to Protect our Children

Did you know that currently in the State of Maryland, it is not against the law for a Tier III Registered Sex Offender to be alone with a minor?  It is considered child neglect or endangerment to leave a young child home alone or in a car, but you can tuck a child into bed next to a convicted pedophile and walk away for the night having committed no crime.  In 2017 my family fell apart when I discovered that my husband had abused one of my daughters.  He was later indicted on felony child sex abuse charges, held in jail without bond, and eventually accepted a plea deal for a 10-year suspended sentence and a lifetime registration as a Tier III Registered Sex Offender.  Several months ago, one of my daughters revealed that on her "supervised" visits with Daddy, the family member that was entrusted with providing the supervision was allowing her and her sister to sleep alone with Daddy.  Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement got involved, eventually determining that no actual laws were broken, because it is currently not against the law for a registered sex offender to sleep alone with a child.  Therefore, it is solely up to me to continue fighting as to why I refuse to allow my children to return to that previous visitation situation.  It is hard enough to become a single mother of three daughters without warning, to lose 75% of your household income in one day, to try to carry your children through the most traumatic event of their lives, let alone having the additional burden of exhausting all of your energy and resources in constant battles to protect your children.  The legal fees have already topped $23,000, and who knows how much higher they will get. According to Darkness to Light, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse, about one in ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.  There are an estimated 42 million child sexual abuse survivors currently living in the United States, and as much as we would like to think that the predators are far removed from our families, 90% of child sexual abuse victims knew their abuser. This year, there will be approximately 400,000 babies born in the U.S. that will eventually become victims of child sexual abuse unless we do something to stop it.  The problem is much more wide spread than many of us would like to believe, as the statistics are drastically under reported.  According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, only 12% of child sexual abuse is ever reported to the authorities. The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault reports that 73% of child victims don’t report the abuse for at least one year, with 45% not disclosing for at least five years.  Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults, including assaults on adults, occur to children ages 17 and under. We would like to think that we can identify someone who isn't safe, and protect our children from them, but it's not always that easy.  Sometimes unsafe people look just like safe people.  Sometimes the unsafe people are coaching your kid's soccer team, or at a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese, or sitting next to you in church.  Once someone has been identified as unsafe, there should be laws in place to ensure they cannot have the opportunity to offend again.  Currently the only restriction in the State of Maryland is that a registered sex offender cannot step foot on school property.  But there needs to be more when the conviction involved a child.  Abusers should not be allowed at any event designated for children, regardless of whether or not it's on school property, and they most certainly should not be legally allowed to be alone with children.  Help me keep my children safe.  Help me keep YOUR children safe and create boundaries to minimize the opportunity for someone convicted of abusing a child to gain access to your children.  Child safety is greater than abuser rights. Please sign this petition and share so it can reach more supporters.  If this reaches other states, research the laws where you live, and if they are inadequate, message me and I will help you fight in your state, too.  If you have any feedback on other avenues to pursue these laws, or even suggestions on resources for my personal family situation, please contact me at keepthebabiessafe@gmail.com.  Thank you so much for your support. 

Momma Bear
11,002 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Narinder Nath Vohra, rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad

Stop attacks on witnesses & lawyers of India's 8-Year-Old Rape Victim from Kathua

Witnesses and lawyers representing the 8-year-old Muslim girl who was gang-raped and murdered in Kathua, India, this year, are being attacked and intimidated, as the trial unfolds. We need to put a stop to this! Sign this petition and join Apne Aap and Equality Now to ask Prime Minister Modi to ensure that justice is not denied to her family! Despite the brutal nature of the crime committed by powerful men against an innocent child, some groups have politicized the case by presenting it falsely as a case against the Hindu community. They are running media trials, trolling, filing false cases, deflecting blame and holding rallies in support of the perpetrators and against the lawyers. Some of these rallies have been attended by ministers from the Prime Minister's ruling party.  They are even hounding the entire nomadic shepherd community of Bakarwals, that the little girl belonged to. Attempts were been made to physically prevent the charges against the accused rapists being filed in court and later to weaken the investigation by shifting it to the CBI.  Though an increasing number of rape cases are being reported in India every day, survivors of sexual violence struggle to get justice within the legal system. Between 2015 and 2016 alone there was an 82% spike in reported rapes of children. Another 133,000 rape cases were pending trial in the same year. Please sign the petition and raise your voice to demand a fair and impartial trial in the Kathua case, so that the family of the 8-year-old gets justice. Insist that the Modi government take immediate action to stop the intimidation and to address the larger systemic problem of sexual violence within the country. Thank you. Ruchira, Tinku, Divya with the Apne Aap and Equality Now team 

Ruchira Gupta, Apne Aap & Equality Now
144,151 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to waterford juniville court, Senator heather sommers, Attorney ryan k, Attorney phammond, Attorney lisa vincent, Law office of attorney lisa vi cent, Lori hellum

return gabby ,mason,dallas,lillyana,zuri church home to mom

my  husband  and  i got  our beautiful amazing  kids  stolen from us for  lies  that  we  had  a  dirty  home  , my  mental health , and  housing unstablity and that  my  kids  were  in immediate  danger. my  court  appointed  attorney  bullied  me  into commitenment saying  that  it will get  my  kids home  faster.  all the steps  dcf  asked  me to do and  the court  asked  me  to do has  been done for almost  two years  now. my  children are suffering  at  the hands  of  dcf  here in  ct. my  son d known as  baby dlyan here  in ct  almost  lost  his  life  because  of  dcf  , he  was  almost straved , beaten ,  they  allow  my  rapist  around  my  daughter  lilly even knowing  hes  on  drugs, they changed  my  kids  birth certifcate  without  allowing  me  to fight  it. all my  kids  suffer  from emotional trauma  and  just  want to come  home  and  be  with eachother and  mommy  and daddy. i been emotionally  belittled  by  dcf  beaten verbally  . they  havent  been documenting  my  case  for  almost 7  months  but  claim we  didnt  make  enough progress. please  help me end  my  familys  specially  my  five  little ones  suffering  and  get them home  and  i promise to help others in  this  fight.

Kirsten Fauquet
205 supporters