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child sexual abuse

11 petitions

This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to Kelly O'Dwyer

Kelly O'Dwyer: don’t allow paedophiles to avoid paying victims compensation

The ex-Bega Cheese CEO, Maurice Van Ryn, sexually assaulted my children over a number of years. This predator was sentenced to 18 years jail — but now he may successfully avoid paying compensation to his 9 victims. My children need constant psychological care to heal the wounds caused by this man. And all his victims need to be able to access ongoing, specialist support. But the former multi-millionaire CEO is using an absurd law that means he can avoid paying victims compensation from money sitting in his self-managed superannuation account. Under current Australian Superannuation Legislation, a person cannot be forced to draw down upon their superannuation. Even if a court orders Van Ryn to compensate his victims, he can legally refuse to use his superannuation to do so. It means he’s able to protect his fortune while leaving his victims to suffer further without compensation. Surely those who wrote the Superannuation Act and the politicians that voted on it never expected it be used as a mechanism for paedophiles to hide their money and avoid compensating their victims? These laws can be changed to deal with such injustices; in recent years laws were changed to give access to superannuation in divorce settlements. We need your help. My children and other victims of this predator need on-going care and compensation — I’m asking Kelly O’Dwyer to change the law so the rights of child sexual offenders aren’t put ahead of their victims. Please sign and share our petition today to help get justice for our families. Thank you. Ken (pseudonym required due to court non-publication orders)Father of Van Ryn Victims

Ken Steele
21,306 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten

The Family Law System gave convicted sex offender access to my little girl– now she’s dead

My teenage daughter committed suicide after the Family Law System allowed her father, a convicted child sex offender, access to her when she was just a child. The Family Court System failed my little girl. And they failed me, a protective mother, who in my attempt to protect my children from contact with their abusive father, faced being dismissed as a ‘hysterical woman’ and a ‘vindictive wife’.   How can this happen? The legal system, designed to protect vulnerable children, is instead allowing them access to convicted sex offenders and exposing them to further assaults. The family law policy of wanting kids to have a “meaningful relationship with both parents” drove the decision making that would eventually lead to the death of my darling girl. I can’t describe the pain of losing her - it’s been 3 years since she died. She was just 17 and such a loving and caring daughter and friend. It makes me physically sick to imagine what she went through. In 2002, Abbey's father was charged with the sexual assault of her 8-year-old best friend and sent to jail for a pathetic two years. The abuse occurred at regular sleepovers.    I’m desperate to fight for children and parents who’ve been grossly let down by the dysfunction of the Family Court System. The Court restricts children from doctor and counselling visits during legal proceedings, discounts their word against a parent's, views reports of sexual assault as vindictive and favours the most financially stable parent. It’s shameful and dangerous. My darling daughter had her whole life ahead of her, but by adding your name to this petition, we can bring about change for other kids. I am supporting Bravehearts call for a Royal Commission into the Family Law System of Australia to examine their damaging failings in protecting our children. It follows a report by Bravehearts which  highlights the failings of the Family Law System. It’s called Abbey’s Project. This will be Abbey’s legacy.

Gill _
98,906 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Dan Tehan, William Matthews

Malcolm Turnbull: I was raped and beaten by priests -- don't deny survivors compensation

*trigger warning: petition mentions rape, child abuse* I was abused, raped and bashed, belittled, traumatised by priests as a schoolboy. That is all the Salesian church will admit to. But now, the Prime Minister wants to allow the church to keep avoiding paying fair compensation to people like me. My days are numbered, I know and accept that as my fate. Liver disease meant I have had three liver transplants and I’m struggling to keep up the fight now.  When I was at boarding school, four priests would rape me. They would knock me out if I complained and I bled a lot. The horror has tortured me all my life and I always fought myself wondering why I was dependent on drugs and self-medication. Over thirty years ago, I got into a lot of trouble with all this. My crimes were all drug related and the main victim was me. I’ve never hurt anyone, but now the government is saying because I had a jail sentence the church won’t have to pay any compensation. I’ve always had to beg the church for any tiny bits of help. It’s been eighteen years of battling and twelve years just trying to stay alive. But I’ve read that while they were fighting me, they were using their $30 billion wealth to buy mansions for Archbishops.  Still now in my dying days, the Church and Prime Minister Turnbull are treating me as the problem - instead of helping me or my partner who I’m terrified will struggle to keep a roof over her head when I die. Malcolm Turnbull, please please help us so that when I die my loved ones aren’t left up shit creek without a paddle. Please allow all survivors justice and compensation.

Russell Clark
44,079 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull

Remove tax exemption from the churches

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has  found Church leaders to be deceitful and dishonest.  They are doing everything they can to hide the truth. Anyone who spoke out was belittled and ostracised. We now know that tens of thousands of children have had their lives destroyed by despicable and unspeakable acts at the mercy of clergy. Not only did the churches do nothing to protect children, they deliberately and systematically concealed the widespread prevalence of abuse, and protected the many many perpetrator's.  Over generations the numbers of clergy abused children must be in the hundreds of thousands. The churches were able to infiltrate government and many organisations including our police forces who became compliciate. These influences remain strong. Nobody can now look at the clergy without knowing they may be themselves pedophiles, or in the very least that they are likely to have kept secret, unthinkable acts against children, putting the reputation of the church before the damage caused by their own behaviours or the behaviours of their piers. Churches do not deserve their tax exemption status. Malcolm Turnbull, this may be one of the most difficult challenges of your career. You must act to require all churches to pay taxes. It is untenable that their current status could continue. Australia can not be the fair society you claim to be committed to if this does not change.    

Richard Rudkin
268 supporters