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child abuse

217 petitions

Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to The Board of VOM USA, Jim Dau

Investigate Why Voice of the Martyrs Funded the Abuse of Nigerian Orphans

In January 2016, while on a mission trip to Nigeria, we were told by some people there of great wickedness that was being perpetrated in Voice of the Martyrs work in Nigeria. Voice of the Martyrs is a ministry that purports to help persecuted Christians. In Nigeria, there were many victims of Muslim persecution, and it was one of their highest profile countries for fundraising. There were several projects in Nigeria, including the Stephen's Center - a home for children effected by persecution, Basic Response - which arranged for care of attack victims, and a prosthetic clinic - to provide limbs for those who had lost them.  We have returned twice after that initial trip to investigate, and are convinced that instead of helping the people of Nigeria, Voice of the Martyrs has been harming people in tragic and shameful ways. For the full story, please watch the video we've posted online, Persecuting the Persecuted. The wickedness we have uncovered includes the following: Isaac Newton, the director of the Voice of the Martyrs in Nigeria, has been accused by many credible witnesses of habitually sexually assaulting girls in the Stephen's Center Isaac continued this abuse by threatening the victims and their families with expulsion from the school or the removal of Voice of the Martyrs monetary assistance Isaac has retaliated against anyone who confronted him or tried to end his wickedness Isaac had stolen much of the funds that was provided by Voice of the Martyrs The children in the Stephen's Center have been mistreated and not provided with the food and supplies that they need Financial corruption has been rampant through Voice of the Martyrs in Nigeria Many victims have not received the money that was specifically raised to help them Through our conversations in Nigeria and more than a year spent urging Voice of the Martyrs to act, we discovered wrongdoing closer to home. It seems that Voice of the Martyrs had reason to know what was going on, and their actions have covered up the evil that was done instead of fighting to end it. There are Voice of the Martyrs ministries in many different countries that although separate, often collaborate. VOM USA is the largest by far and gave most of the funding, and had the most oversight over Nigeria. In our video, you can find a more complete story of our interactions with VOM USA. But to summarize: VOM USA investigated these allegations years before we heard of them. They said their efforts uncovered nothing, yet in just a few days we could assemble a story from many witnesses and while it should not be sufficient for a court, it should have been sufficient to start a real investigation. We know that the allegations of molestation were reported to VOM USA in 2015, yet they did not investigate, but insisted that the abuse had been done by an employee who had died. VOM USA promised to have multiple outside investigations done, but no investigators ever contacted us for any information and we never heard about it again. VOM USA supported Isaac in his efforts to fire two employees who were reporting his abuse, without caring to investigate those allegations of abuse. Even when they eventually defunded Isaac, VOM USA gave land and goods worth over $100,000 to him - someone who they had every reason to believe was abusing those who he claimed to be helping. In our conversations with VOM USA we have on many occasions been told false or contradictory information. VOM USA seems to have been working to delay and distract us to avoid dealing with the issue. VOM USA has repeatedly denied any responsibility for what went on by claiming that VOM in Nigeria was a completely separate organization that they just funded. Yet that obscures the reality that they were far more involved and intertwined, VOM USA having managerial authority over Nigerian employees, making hiring and firing decisions.  Voice of the Martyrs has repeatedly failed to investigate serious wrongdoing when given the opportunity. They have sided with the oppressors instead of the victims. They have repeatedly proven themselves untrustworthy.  We believe that Voice of the Martyrs needs to bring in independent, outside investigators from a well-respected third party to conduct a full investigation and publicly release their findings. Donors need to understand why VOM USA did not fight to end this evil when it was brought to their attention. We need to understand who was involved in allowing this to happen, and how we can have confidence that it will never happen again in VOM USA.    "To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke" - Isaiah 58:6b  "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light." - Ephesians 5:11-13 "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." - John 3:19-21  

Reformation Baptist Church
744 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Maryland Lawmakers

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
24,744 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Maria Cantwell, Jeff Merkley

JUSTICE FOR ADRIANA UCAN PLEASE SUPPORT THIS AMAZING AND BRAVE LITTLE GIRL

 FEB 6, 2018 — Ok Here is an update:There have been several NEW reports from Adriana regarding the man that molested her When she just 5 years old and even younger. She has giving very detailed information in her NEW disclosures that needs attention by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Dept. The information being disclosed is horrific. The Man in question has already had 2 questionable polygraphs regarding our Granddaughters case and yet noyone in Oregon State will even respond. All the professionals who made the reports to CPS as well as the reports my husband and I filed with Oregon CPS has never gone anywhere in their system. The DA in Clackamas County closed Adriana's case against the guy when the shipped her out of the country only to be Abducted, Beaten, Starved and Ransomed to her family back in the States.We have fought hard for Adriana's rights as a US citizen and a victim of Molestation she DESERVES JUSTICE for what this man has done to her while under her mother's care. It is hard to believe that Oregon State would disregard our Granddaughter's right to Justice because we had to save her life and it made them look bad? Is Oregon State CPS really going to just sacrifice Adriana because they were reckless with her life? Are the going to deny JUSTICE for Adriana because of a front page News Article in the Oregonian dated March 2016 that explains in detail  just how much Oregon CPS let this little girl down and just how much their reckless decision to send her away from her brother and sister to a foreign country devastated this child?  Only to be Traumatized all over again.We can't seem to get Oregon State to cooperate with anything regarding Adriana. Let CPS be afraid.... We are not going to go away. Oregon State will hear Adriana. We have been terrified of this State since 2015. Please help us stand up to the powers that be and say NO! you can't ignore this little girl. #Adriana Matter's and so does all the other children affected by Reckless and life changing decisions made by an Agency who truly does not have their best interests at heart. Let's never forget about ADRIANA RAMAROS GRIMM. She was just 8 years old when Oregon State DSHS and CPS sent her out of the country, to the same area they sent our Adriana to. Oregon State ignored pleas for this little girl's life and Oregon State let this little girl get beat to death. She didn't have someone to save her. She to is a victim of Oregon States Negligence. Roni and Ken Norton UPDATE::::::: We were just told by the Detective that we have to show we have custody of Adriana and needs our consent for them to INVESTIGATE???? CPS in Washington State said they have never heard of such a thing!                                                                       

Roni Norton
4,453 supporters