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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
3,569 supporters
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Petition to Miami Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Cavalho

100 signatures needed let's protect children from child abuse and expose abusers.

My 3 year old son with special needs whom is also non verbal, Mario D Hamlin Jr. was the victim of child abuse by the hands of his Pre K ESE teacher Moira Mcan it happened Wednesday March 15, 2017 at the school. I went to pick up Mario like any normal day but this day was far from normal, as I proceeded to go to my son I notice another teacher was bringing him to me stating that the principal needed to see me and when I went to the principal's office I was informed that my son is the victim of child abuse. As a mother, I died inside. I don't even hit my son how dare anyone else . My son can not defend himself but we can defend him and be his voice there is strength in numbers. What I want to see happen: the abuser needs to be arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse on a disabled individual, 3 dimensional cameras need to be installed in all ESE classes( I especially want cameras installed in my son's classroom) had those cameras been in place from the start  I don't believe my son would not have been a victim of child abuse that has taken place. Or at least we would have the scopitory evidence to prove what another teacher witnessed and reported. It would have definitely supported the claim of child abuse. There were similar alarming aligations at a Miami Beach school and they had cameras and the perpetrator was arrested and charged.what I want to see happen Mandatory training for all ESE teachers there should be no option to opt out there are far too many abuse cases at the hands of educators, cameras installed in my son Mario's class as well as all other ESE classes not just in high school ESE classes our smaller children with special needs need protection from animals like Mrs Moira Mcan and her inhumane, tactical and aggressive approach on our most vulnerable.ESE students have a right to an education just as any child has the right.He is deemed disabled by the State of Florida Mario's IEP speaks for him. Our children are our future but mine are my legacy. I want change I want to see change for Mario and other children. I want to expose child abuse and practice awareness of the limitations special needs children and how we can help collectively and individually to make the necessary changes to improve our level of security for our children parents and faculty alike. Thank you for your time and consideration please sign and please feel free to share.

Tanya Lopez
364 supporters
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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
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