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child abuse

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Started 2 days ago

Petition to Lee Chatfield, Aric Nesbitt, Mike Shirkey, Stephanie Chang, Gretchen Whitmer, Jim Ananich, Jason Wentworth, Triston Cole, Christine Greig, Graham Filler, David LaGrand, Debbie Stabenow, Gary C. Peters

Reform Michigan's Child Sexual Abuse Laws

As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I am calling upon the Michigan Legislature to reintroduce legislation that reforms the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse. The survivors of child sexual abuse deserve a window to justice. The Michigan Legislature must take a stand against lobbyists that have thwarted previous attempts to hold perpetrators accountable. The people of Michigan and the survivors of child sexual abuse have had enough of this egregious pandering to institutions that have covered up decades of child sexual abuse within their state. The 100th Michigan Legislature needs to call for a coalition of experts to once again reexamine this issue. The disgraceful ad hominem attacks on experts such as Prof. Marci A. Hamilton must end. With this petition I am calling for a sincere fact-finding investigation by the Michigan Legislature on how to best proceed with statue of limitation reform on child sexual abuse. The crushing burden of child sexual abuse needs to be shifted from the survivors to the offenders. Lobbyists have exaggerated some statute of limitations reform economic impacts that pale in comparison to the overall impact of child sexual abuse in the United States. An honest study of these impacts will reveal that the facts are on the side of the survivors and not the powerful institutions that seek to protect these criminals and their profits. The 100th Michigan Legislature has the opportunity to be on the right side of history and stand with the survivors of child sexual abuse. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has already voiced her support for these reforms, the legislature needs to follow suit to help victims of child sexual abuse. Please take action NOW!One year's losses for child sexual abuse in US top $9 billion, new study suggestshttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180521131552.htmThe economic burden of child sexual abuse in the United States.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29533869CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE STATISTICShttp://www.d2l.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/all_statistics_20150619.pdfThe Estimated Annual Cost of Child Abuse and Neglecthttps://preventchildabuse.org/resource/the-estimated-annual-cost-of-child-abuse-and-neglect/The Impact of Child Sexual Abusehttps://www.d2l.org/the-issue/impact/For many abused by priests, no window for justicehttps://www.woodtv.com/news/target-8/for-many-abused-by-priests-no-window-for-justice/Child Sex Abuse Statistics for Statute of Limitationshttps://www.childusa.org/solImpact of Child Abuse & Neglecthttps://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/can/impact/Detroit Archdiocese transfers assets; critics say it's a shell gamehttps://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2018/12/14/detroit-archdiocese-transferring-assets/2302809002/As the Archdiocese of Detroit awaits its judgment day, it plays hide-and-seek with its money — including a Cayman Islands venturehttps://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/as-the-archdiocese-of-detroit-awaits-its-judgment-day-it-plays-hide-and-seek-with-its-money-including-a-venture-in-the-cayman-islands/Content?oid=22444383

Stephen Flores
92 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Butler high school, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education

Substitute assaults student.Help us remove Assault on Staff on school record by graduation

Friday November 1, 2019, Diocelina had a substitute in Spanish class. They had nothing to do but watch the movie Coco so the substitute told students THEY COULD be on phone as long as they were quiet. For some reason, substitute asked Diocelina for her phone. Diocelina and her friend replied saying it wasn’t fair because she had given the class permission and others were on their phones too. If she had to give it up then everyone else should too.  Substitute attempted to take phone, wanted  Diocelina sweater and finally her bookbag. Diocelina held onto her bookbag and Substitute grabbed book bag evenly grabbing Diocelina by the shirt. Diocelina keeps holding on to her book bag and tells her why don't you just leave me alone. At this point they are both grabbing each other’s arm. They both keep saying leave me alone. Then substitute lets go for a few seconds and says leave me alone which Diocelina holds her arm for a few seconds. Substitute pushes Diocelina chest and Diocelina pushes her back. At this point they are pushing each other back and forth. Substitute swing at Diocelina but Diocelina moves head back so she wouldn’t get hit so substitute pulls Diocelina’s hair. Classmates of Diocelina held her back and when they finally let her go she goes around and swings back at the substitute teacher. Why did substitute physically touch this child? She has no right to and had no right to continually assault this child. All this is on video. If you have watched video listen to video and you can hear the kids at the end of the video say “out of all people why Diocelina, she doesn’t even talk much” Even after security takes a Diocelina outside classroom and shuts door substitute opens the door again to make face. Diocelina at first received 10 day Out of school suspension and principal says they are making sure that Substitute won’t be working at Butler High.  But that doesn’t guarantee she won’t be working with other students. Nov. 4th around Principal called to say that they changed suspension to 1 day out of school suspension, 3 days in school suspension. Which she has now done and now waiting to do her attend a 4 hour Violence is Preventable Program on a Saturday. Which is understandable due to the fact that she swung at substitute at the end.  However they want to keep Assault of Staff for 2 years on her record. But she wants to graduate early in her junior year and they said they would expunge it in 2 years which means she would need to graduate on her senior year. Shouldn’t they be proud this child is trying to graduate early and start studying for her career? Principal said as it states in our CMS Right and Responsibilities Code of Conduct Handbook), Diocelina’s incident can only be expunged after two consecutive years of good behavior from this point. However in CMS students Rights, Responsibilities and Charter Development Handbook in section of Procedure for Expungement of Long-term and Short-term Suspension Records section 2 & 3 says:2) the student graduates high school or is not expelled or suspended again during the 2-year period starting on the date of the student’s return to school after the expulsion or suspension; and 3) the superintendent (or designee) determines that the maintenance of the record is not necessary to maintain safe and orderly schools and the records are no longer needed to adequately serve the student. According to CMS handbook Diocelina could still graduates next school year and could get this expunged from her record sooner than the 2 year period. But from what principal has said it seems she cant get this removed until 2 years. We just want this off her school record whenever she graduates. So she wont be rejected when applying to colleges. A little bit about Diocelina: She is a 15 year old student at Butler High School. She has completed most of the required class to graduate. She’s in honor classes. Once she completes this classes this year then she will only need to take 3 more classes to graduate early so she can start taking college classes. Diocelina is not a trouble maker. You can ask all her teachers and everyone that knows her.  The reason for this petition is to remove this assault on staff from her educational record within a year or sooner instead of two years. She was being attacked by an adult. Someone who is suppose to help children learn not hurt them. She is already completed her 1 day of OSS and three days of ISS and will be going to VIP program. Why put this in her educational record for 2 years. CMS handbook states it can be removed if student graduates. But we are being told it wont be removed until 2 years. The teacher assaulted her first before Diocelina finally fought back. Diocelina has done her suspension and will do the 4 hours of VIP program on a Saturday. She hasn't been in trouble in school any other time other than this. Please help us by signing this petition so we can remove this from her record before 2 years so when she graduate early and it won’t interfere with her trying to get into college sooner. Thank you for all your support!! Videos of this incident are already popping up on YouTube and Instagram.

Linda Ramirez
110 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Danica Roem, R. Creigh Deeds

Stiffer laws for sexual abuse towards children

I am a child of sexual abuse. Everyday since the moment my innocence was stolen I've had to learn how to live with pain so great that at times it has almost consumed me. I was left with no visible scars to help me explain the atrocity that I had endured by someone who was supposed to protect me and keep me safe from harm. It was a burden I had to carry all alone until the day I was forced to prove it. Everytime Ive shared my story I relived the abuse all over again. My mom was the only one who believed in me, everyone else said I was making it up. Even after I was taken to gynecologist and given a pap smear at 8 yrs old. My mother was told there was so much scar tissue that I may not ever be able bear children. I cannot explain to you easily what happened to that 8 year old little girl. My life became a hell hole I couldn't escape from. I couldn't trust anyone and no one could understand my pain. I was different and the suffering was so great I didn't know what to do. I cut my wrists and began self mutilating when I was 13yrs old and had to be hospitalized for several months in a psychiatric ward.  I was then court ordered into therapy for a year and did a year on my own.  When i was 15 I took an overdose of pills and then again when I was 23. In between that I formed an addiction with numbing myself as a way to cope and somewhere within all that I developed suicidal ideation where i constantly longed for my demise and sometimes would plot it.  I didn't enjoy a minute of my life because I was too busy trying not to deal with it. I ended up with a epic drug addiction and several stints in prison and jail. I've also attended countless counseling services. My life had been forever altered by one twisted man's idea of a good time.  I've only described a small portion of what a survivor faces the minute that monster pushes off of you. I didn't even get to get into the shame,  the uncontrollable thoughts that plague your mind constantly, the fear that anyone close to you will hurt you and most of all the feelings of such hopelessness that it causes you to want to end your life. Attorneys whose job it is to trip you up and make you the one at fault is the most sickest part of it all. It's bad enough when it happens but now the people you love also break you by accusing you of imagining it. No A person never fully recovers from sexual abuse but with a lot of hard work and dedication they'll eventually  just learn how to live with it.  Why do we keep allowing this to happen to our children with only a slap on the wrist. As a grown adult I prayed my daughter or niece would never experience a  pain so unexplainable that it affects you to ur core so deeply.. but unfortunately my prayers went  unanswered. The perpetrator also a family member was charged with 6 counts of sexual contact with a minor 13-17 also involving object penetration. He recieved a  3 year jail sentence with those 3 years SUSPENDED and 1 year probation. And the kicker he doesn't have to register as a sex offender because he pleaded out. Come on are you kidding me guess where she's been the last year he was out living his life, going on vacations ,working a job with nothing in his life interrupted. In foster care going back and forth to a psychiatric wards for cutting herself. And fighting everyday to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. I ask all of you when will it end?? THIS IS NOT AN ISOLATED EVENT HE WILL HURT ANOTHER LITTLE GIRL AND ANOTHER. AND OUR COUNTRY IS ALLOWING THESE MANIACS TO PRAY ON OUR CHILDREN OUR FUTURE BY GIVING THEM SUSPENDED SENTENCES AND PROBATION. OUR children will have to literally learn how to walk, talk, eat & play all over again because they will no longer fit into the skin they used to. We need stiffer laws on sex crimes involving children and when I say stiffer, leaving a child to die slowly in a living hell should be one of the most heaviest punished crimes in virginia because they cannot protect themselves. The damages left of these shattered lives is what fills up most of the prison population today when it should be being used for the ones who are creating the damage. Let's make a stand NO LONGER WILL WE ALLOW THE INNOCENCE OF A SMALL CHILD TO BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED BY NOT PUNISHING THOSE WHO HAVE HURT THEM.  Im asking for MANDATORY JAIL SENTENCES no suspensions and at least a 5 year minimum probation period.  There are statues on people convicted of drugs why not child offenders. 

Karen lee Parker
129 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ron DeSantis, Linda Stewart, Florida State Senate, Florida State House

Support Donna's Law and End Sex Crimes Against Children in Florida

Most perpetrators who sexually abuse children do not stop with just one victim. Often the victims are young and do not report the abuse until much later.  That was the case with several women here in Orlando who were abused by a former teacher. While Donna was only one of the women, she represents many more throughout the state who have been silenced by statute of limitations.  Lets end that in 2020 and protect future generations of children from predators. Donna's Story:  One of my teachers at Oak Ridge High School 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 1970's.   Two of us have met with him.  He admitted 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.  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.   Read more at https://donnaslaw2020.com/

Donna Hedrick
28,314 supporters