child sexual abuse

14 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Minister Pru Goward, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Mark Speakman

5 year old forced to live with dad she disclosed sexually abused her. Send Poppy home.

The 5 year old girl known in the media as 'Poppy' made 22 statements about being sexually abused by her father in an interview with the Department of Family and Community Services. Documents obtained under Freedom of Information and subpoena clearly show 2 Department case workers heard Poppy's disclosures, wrote them down, and then denied that they had ever happened. Meeting records show these workers telling Poppy's mum and father that Poppy had never disclosed sexual abuse to anyone except her mum. They said that if Poppy's mum did not regularly send Poppy into the father's unsupervised, overnight care the Department would start proceedings to have Poppy removed from her care. Pru Goward, NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, is aware of the situation, but has done nothing. Her only response has been a letter denying Poppy ever disclosed sexual abuse to her Department. All the Minister needs to do is look at Poppy's file to see that this is not true. Poppy's mum took Poppy into hiding a few days after the meeting with Department staff in 2017, as they made it clear that they would do nothing to protect her little girl. Poppy and her mum lived in hiding for many months until they were found by the Australian Federal Police. Poppy was forcibly removed from her mum by the AFP.  Poppy has been forced to live with the man she has repeatedly described sexually abusing her ever since.  She has been allowed just 4 hours with her mum since being sent to live with her father. The Department does not appear to be monitoring her wellbeing in any way. Neither are the family courts or the state or federal police. The Department's claim that Poppy never disclosed sexual abuse has been highly influential in the family courts also refusing to protect Poppy from her father. We hope that protecting children from sexual abuse is always the priority of the Department and the NSW Government. In the context of the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, the recent National Apology and the NSW Government’s new laws about tougher penalties for people who fail to report child sexual abuse, the actions of Department staff in concealing Poppy's disclosures of sexual abuse are abhorrent. The Minister’s refusal to do anything to protect Poppy now that her Department's apparent misconduct has been brought to her attention is an obvious failure in her duties as Minister. THE SOLUTION Poppy needs to be made immediately safe and returned to her mum. The people who have exposed her to the risk of ongoing sexual abuse must be made accountable.  

Family Law Reform Council
7,418 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Scott Morrison, Christian Porter

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 _
116,516 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to John Quigley

Do Not Release Dante Arthurs

On the 26th of June 2006, Dante Arthurs changed forever the life of a wonderful Perth family and shocked the close knit community of the Mater Christi School and Parish in Yangebup. The murder of Sofia Rodriguez sent shockwaves across this country. She was only 8 years old. This year she would have turned 21 and would be enjoying her life and family. But she is not! That was brutally and deliberately taken from her. The 26th of June 2018, also marks 1 specific event. It marks 365 days until Dante Arthurs will be eligible for release back into our community. He was sentenced to Life Imprisonment (which was only 20 years), with a non-parole period of just 13 years! Over the next 12 months, the Western Australian Attorney General John Quigley will receive a statutory report from the Western Australian Prisons Review Board on the status of Dante Arthurs and the recommendation for his release. The public of Western Australia do not want this person sneaking out of prison under the radar, after closed meetings and after documents are secretly signed. Upon sentencing in 2007, then Attorney General Michael Mischin assured the Western Australia public that, 'it would be unlikely he would be released on parole'. However, we have a new Government now and assurances rarely mean anything in office, especially 13 years later. Dante Arthurs must not be released and I hope I can count on your signature to support this petition.

Paul Litherland
116,331 supporters