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child abuse

200 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump

1,000,000+ signatures from parents and others standing up to the American Family Courts

This petition represents parents across America that are being silenced, criminally charged and/or losing custody in the effort of trying to protect their children from physical and sexual abuse by the other parent. Current laws demand that the high bar of evidence needed to convict an abuser be met before a child can be removed from the custody of an abusive parent, yet the courts continue to buy the myth that the reporting parent is "coaching" and transfer custody to the abusive parent. It seems unbelievable, but it is happening repeatedly across America and psychologists have said that people do not fabricate abuse to this extent. On the contrary, the small number of false allegations do not account for the high volume of physical and sexual abuse cases reported and it is simply not reasonable to dismiss all of these as false allegations just because not all children have the capacity or courage needed to make the required disclosures to authorities.  We need to see a reformation to the current family law system that will: protect reporting parents that suspect or witness abuse lower the burden of evidence necessary to protect a child  offer makeup parent-time and possibly financial compensation in cases where allegations prove to be false hold reporting parents to a higher standard that if allegations are falsified, penalities will include heavy fines and/or serious criminal charges ensure that custody not be taken as a penalty from a parent that has made an attempt to protect a child from abuse (if allegations are falsified, penalties mentioned above may be inflicted in place of restricting custody, which has been shown to be psychologically and emotionally damaging to the children) allow expert witness testimonies to be considered in court as at least partial evidence, particularly where expertise in the field would lead to an educated opinion as to whether or not abuse likely occurred to recognize that the burden of obtaining hard physical evidence is an unrealistic standard for proving sexual abuse and almost unattainable in most cases barring obvious unwanted physical evidence such as incestuous pregnancy that judges consider the relationship of the children to each parent in making a decision and recognize that rashly changing custody from a primary caregiver to a visiting parent, particularly an alleged abuser, can have lasting devastating effects on the children that judges also consider that while a false allegation has the potential to harm the accused parent it is not equatable to the resulting harm of a child continually subjected to physical and/or sexual abuse by a parent, that statistics show that most reports of abuse are NOT falsified, and that additional abuse and resulting deaths have occurred where authorities failed to protect children from "unsubstantiated abuse."    Resolution 72 - Introduced to Congress July 24, 2017: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution/72 RELATED STORIES: 7-year-old girl murdered on visit with father despite mother's concerns for safety and apparent efforts in court to protect her child: http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/kayden-mancuso-jeff-mancuso-murder-suicide-manayunk-girl-murder-suicide-langhorne-20180807.html Mother of four dies of "heartbreak" after collapsing on the court room floor after Family Court decision: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5898137/mum-died-broken-heart-collapsed-family-court-hearing-cardiac-arrest.html Child's death could have been prevented had Family Court judges listened to mother's concerns: https://thecrimereport.org/2010/05/06/failure-to-protect-the-crisis-in-americae28099s-family-courts/  Family Court Crisis tracked since 2008 - 648+ children murdered by a parent involved in high conflict court cases: http://www.centerforjudicialexcellence.org/cje-projects-initiatives/child-murder-data/ California mother fights to reform Family Law after the murder of her 5-year-old son by his father: https://www.abc10.com/mobile/article/news/local/a-bittersweet-victory-in-the-fight-for-family-court-reform/103-587411779 Mother reunited with daughter after ten years due to her attempts to protect daughter from sexual abuse: https://aplus.com/a/maralee-mclean-child-advocate-protective-parent.html REFERENCES: Ney, T (1995). True and False Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse: Assessment and Case Management. Psychology Press. pp. 23–33. ISBN 0-87630-758-6. Hobbs, CJ; Hanks HGI; Wynne JM (1999).Hobbs, CJ; Hanks HGI; Wynne JM (1999). Child Abuse and Neglect: A Clinician's Handbook. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 197. ISBN 0-443-05896-2. Child Abuse and Neglect: A Clinician's Handbook. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 197. ISBN 0-443-05896-2.Schetky, DH; Green AH (1988). Child Sexual Abuse: A Handbook for Health Care and Legal Professionals. Psychology Press. p. 105. ISBN 0-87630-495-1. Bolen, RM (2001). Child Sexual Abuse: Its Scope and Our Failure. Springer. p. 109. ISBN 0-306-46576-0. “You have to pop that bubble that people live in that would think a parent would never do anything like this and then that there’s no premeditation involved,” said R. Dale Smith, chief of the Special Victims Unit: http://amp.star-telegram.com/news/special-reports/article153578794.html 4-5% of CSA cases exhibit physical signs after 72 hours: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5607905/ Mayo Clinic  Child Abuse Facts: https//www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/child-abuse/symptoms-causes/syc-20370864 Parental Alienation Syndrome Theory and Origination Exposed http://www.thelizlibrary.org/liz/pedoph.htm 

Mary Shade
821 supporters
Update posted 5 days 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
202 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Tom Wolf

Protect kids from neglect

Thank you for taking the time to read my petition and personal story. Child abuse/neglect is an issue that cannot be treated lightly by our legal system. I hope you will join me in this localized push for reform of child/abuse/neglect law and reporting process. In late July 2018 my son and daughter were on vacation with their mother (my ex-wife). Both returned with health issues that were not addressed by trained physicians while away.  My daughter was taken to a local urgent care facility after their return and was diagnosed with a severe ear infection.  My son returned with 2nd degree sun burn/poisoning on both arms from shoulder to elbow.  My ex-wife gave me no information as to how he received his burns or what treatment, if any, he received.  Both of my children complained that they were in pain and were told they were going to the pool everyday of their vacation. I am a Mandated Reporter and filed a report with PA Childline who referred the reports to Bucks County Children and Youth.  I would have done the same for any other child! After the investigation it was determined that this report was "Unfounded".  Many questions came to mind and when I finally spoke to the case worker I was told this case didn't meet certain legal criteria.  When I asked to cite the applicable law I was told to look it up myself.  My final question was: "Was this report treated any differently?" I was told No, but each case can be weighed separately. I asked because my ex-wife is an educator in the State of PA. She also has primary custody of our children. All of this was magnified when I received a text message from my ex-wife exactly 1 day after receiving the determination letter. Her response: "Nice try!". A bold statement that implies escape.  After this frustrating experience I am seeking help from the State of Pennsylvania to provide a second layer of investigation for child abuse/neglect reports.  There is no way to file an appeal as a reporter of potential abuse/neglect.  Only an accused perpetrator can file an appeal.  After reading the State and Federal law on Child Abuse/Neglect including the definitions, I have found that although there could be a loophole for an individual to escape being accused of neglect (in this situation), neglect was apparent and my kids health and well being was undoubtedly affected. I call on all State and local lawmakers to bring about legislation that allows appeals by child abuse/neglect reporters up to 1 year from the date a report was received and for State review of all such appeals.  Such legislation will ensure children's safety and well being is paramount  and perpetrators of child abuse/neglect are properly identified without bias.      

Concerned Dad
228 supporters