Topic

child sexual abuse

13 petitions

Update posted 2 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 _
105,020 supporters
Update posted 2 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
112,679 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
44,397 supporters