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child sexual abuse

7 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks 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 _
90,249 supporters
This petition won 11 months ago

Petition to Bishop Michael Kennedy, Archbishop Anthony Fisher, Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis, The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM

Stop the Removal of Ribbons for Child Sexual Abuse Victims

I am one of many victims of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse within the Catholic Church in the Armidale Diocese who feels that the Archdiocese of Armidale is trying to Silence Victims!The Armidale Catholic Diocese through the Bishop of Armidale Bishop Michael Kennedy have announced the installation of a permanent memorial to Victims of Child Sexual Abuse to occur on 4 December 2016.BUTa) The memorial is to be put within the grounds of the Armidale Cathedral not far from the burial plot of former Bishop Henry Joseph Kennedy who according to the evidence and documents released to the public as part of Case Study 44 by the Royal Commission; was one of, if not, the key and central figure in the facilitation and cover up of Child Sexual Abuse in the Armidale Diocese.  This Case Study is still OPEN before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.b) This is the place where convicted paedophile and former priest John Joseph FARRELL was brought to the attention of former Bishop Henry Kennedy for Child Sexual Abuse matters.c) The stated intention of the Church is to use this as an excuse to remove ribbons that have been tied to the fence in an unofficial Loud Fence and acknowledgement of the many victims of abuse that happened within the Armidale Diocese. These ribbons have been put there by victims, families and friends of victims, adding a voice to victims including survivors and those who have sadly suicided. The ribbons are privately owned by individuals and are not owned by the church in any way.d) No consultation has occurred with Victims or families either about the idea of the memorial, nor the site, nor the removal of ribbons.e) There are a large number of Victims/Survivors who are very deeply offended and are PTSD triggered and traumatised by the location of the memorial and the removal of the ribbons which do not belong to the church.THIS MUST BE STOPPED!  #NoMoreSilence

Phil Wright
505 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to christian.porter.mp@aph.gov.au , senator.hinch@aph.gov.au , kate.ellis.mp@aph.gov.au

Family Court hands custody of 2 year old to her paedophile father

Once again the Family Court has FAILED Australia’s children. Once again the Family Court has handed down a decision that COMPLETELY AT ODDS with the BEST INTEREST of a child. Chief Justice Stephen Thackray has ruled that 2 year old Pipah cannot go to live with her mother in Thailand. Instead, he has handed her over to the custody of her surrogate father, David Farnell. Farnell has a history of sexual offences against children dating back many years. Farnell is a convicted PAEDOPHILE convicted of 22 child sex offences. He has served time in prison for sexually abusing children yet Justice Thackray saw fit to release Pipah to his custody. You can read the news report here: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/gammy-twin-pipah-to-live-with-farnell-family-despite-risk-of-sexual-grooming-20160415-go72a3.html  Chief Justice Thackray has set a DANGEROUS PRECEDENT since this case can now be used to allow other PAEDOPHILES to be granted custody of their children. Although strict conditions were placed on Farnell, given his history, there is NO REASON TO BELIEVE that this disgusting PAEDOPHILE will abide by them. 2 year old Pipah now faces a life where she will be GROOMED by the PAEDOPHILE Farnell to be his SEXUAL PLAYTHING, an OBJECT to be SHARED around with his PAEDOPHILE friends. She will live a life of DEGRADATION and FEAR knowing that her PAEDOPHILE father will use and abuse her and that the LAW DOES NOT CARE about her welfare. Her PAEDOPHILE father’s interests were given more consideration than her SAFETY. Chief Justice Thackray’s decision is a DISGRACE. This decision MUST be REVERSED and custody transferred to the mother where Pipah will be SAFE. Family Law must be changed so that no child will ever again be handed over to the custody of a convicted PAEDOPHILE. We are calling upon the Federal Government to step up to the plate and institute a NATIONAL CHILD PROTECTION SYSTEM with UNIFORM laws  applicable across the nation. NO child deserves to be treated the way 2 year old Pipah has been treated. Our children comprise 19% of our population but are 100% of our future. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO PROTECT THEM BECAUSE PROTECTING THEM IS PROTECTING OUR FUTURE.

Child Protection Party
25,399 supporters