Petition to Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, UK Parliament
Increase UK Minimum Custodial Time For Rape From 5 Years to 15
With the recent coverage of the Rochdale gang grooming, that occured in 2012, where 9 men were convicted of rape, and sexual exploitation of children, it's about time we find the flaws in our justice system. Out of the 9 men convicted, only two remain imprisoned. Shabir Ahmed's sentence was and still is 22 years, Mohammed Sajid was sentenced for 12 years. The other 7 men were given a sentence of no more than 5 years. The victims were as young as 13 years old, and were involved in several instances of sexual abuse, involving gang rape. I wish to stress this enough. Rape is not something that occurs to women only. In fact, in the UK alone, in 2013, there were 9,000 male victims of rape. Yes, statistics do show that women are the victims in about 77% of cases in the UK. I do not want to trivialise rape of either gender, and just want to emphasise that it is not ONLY women affected by these types of crimes. The passing of this new law will be beneficial to victims, no matter of their gender, to find justice in our outdated system. As of now, by UK law, a single offence of rape to a person aged 16, will only result in a 5 year sentence. 8 years if the victim is over the age of 13 but under 16, and 10 years if the victim is under 13 years old. The current sentence for arson is on average about 5 years. Does that mean we see rape as equal to arson? These people have cruel and manipulative intentions, that seek nothing but sexual gratification, without any care for our laws or the well-being of the people involved. In 2016, twice the amount of rapes were reported compared to 2015. People are becoming more and more confident to report these crimes, and we are now in a position to do more to encourage more victims to report instances of rape. If justice did not exist, then no crimes would be reported, it's clear that the level of justice is a big influence on whether or not a crime is reported, and so, whether something is done about it. 5 years is not a severe enough punishment for a crime that we as a society value as one of the most inexcusable acts. I ask for the minimum sentence for rape of a 16 year old to be raised to 15 years, and the other minimum sentences for different aged victims raised accordingly.
Petition to The Rt Hon John Bercow MP
Westminster must investigate evidence of MPs raping children
PETITION 1.1 We call on the Government, the Labour Party and the Lib Dems to launch investigations into allegations that MPs and peers raped children and conspired to help others to do so: including Sir Peter Bottomley MP, Sir Edward Leigh MP, the Rt Hon Julian Lewis MP, the Rt Hon Michael Portillo, the Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge DBE MP, the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, the Rt Hon Peter Lilley, Edwina Currie, Harvey Proctor, the Rt Hon The Lord Steel of Aikwood, the Rt Hon The Lord Lexden OBE, Dame Shirley Porter DBE, the Rt Hon the Lord Boateng PC, Lady Boateng and many others. 1.2 Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem MPs and peers are widely named by child abuse survivors and contemporary witnesses whose personal testimonies mutually corroborate. Moreover, many of the MPs and peers whom child abuse survivors and witnesses identify are still alive; some continue to sit in Parliament, the crimes in which they are implicated covered up and buried. 1.3 The ongoing Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and police investigations are essential and long overdue. Notwithstanding the IICSA and police inquiries, the Government, Labour Party and Lib Dems must launch their own investigations. 1.4 These should seek out and analyse internal party files; historical complaints by party activists, whistleblowers and employees; and the private records and memories of MPs and peers (deceased, retired and still-serving). Absent proactive and exhaustive investigations by Government and the main parties in Westminster, the IICSA and crime agencies may be unable to discover and consult these crucial sources for evidence of crimes long buried. BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE 2.1 In a series of investigative news reports in the 1990s, several MPs and peers were averred to be serial child abusers. Their alleged crimes were committed against minors occupying, or recently exited from, children's homes around the British Isles. 2.2 The reports indicate that certain MPs, peers and others colluded and collaborated in the coordination, planning and covering up of organised abuse episodes. Further, that MPs and peers were present at and took part in said abuse episodes. 2.3 Of the parliamentarians repeatedly implicated in premeditated/organised assaults on children, several continue to hold high-status positions in Government, Her Majesty's Opposition, the House of Lords and local government in the capital. Many remain members - ostensibly in good standing - of the Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem parties. 2.4 In the reams of newsprint devoted to the subject of Establishment paedophilia post Jimmy Savile, many of the 'hotspots' of organised paedophile abuse linked to parliamentarians have come into focus. Hotspot 1: Islington children's homes in the 1980s under the oversight of Margaret Hodge, assisted by Keith Vaz as senior solicitor during the period 1982-1985; Hotspot 2: Richmond upon Thames children's homes in the same period, similarly benefiting from the services of in-house solicitor Keith Vaz in 1982 before he transferred to Islington Council (Margaret Hodge); Hotspot 3: Westminster City Council real estate in the same period under the oversight of Shirley Porter, whose Tory councillors allegedly partook in 'paedophile parties' at Westminster City Council-owned Dolphin Square. Tory parliamentarians, apparatchiks and lobbyists were also involved in these, according to child abuse survivors. Moreover, there was alleged trafficking of children to Central London from Clwyd and Gwynedd children's homes (see below). Hotspot 4: Lambeth Borough Council children's homes during the same period under the oversight of Janet Boateng, wife of Labour's Paul Boateng - whom police recently sought to question over his links to former Lambeth Council children's home manager and convicted paedophile Michael John Carroll; Hotspot 5: Wales' Clwyd and Gwynedd children's homes, where Conservatives with links to prime minister Margaret Thatcher and Westminster Council's Dolphin Square reportedly preyed upon the vulnerable residents, trafficking some to child 'prostitution' [rape] in London (see above) and elsewhere; Hotspot 6: Belfast's Kincora Boys' School, also known to have been frequented by paedophile Conservative and Unionist politicians; Hotspot 7: The Channel Islands, to whose notorious Haut de la Garenne children's home it has been reported that local authorities including Birmingham and possibly Islington (Margaret Hodge) sent children in care. Many children at Haut de la Garenne were assaulted, raped or went missing. 2.5 The names of the aforementioned Labour politicians (Margaret Hodge, Keith Vaz, Paul Boateng, Janet Boateng) are not cited in the 1990s investigative news reports. Yet, these Labour politicians almost certainly have important information that an investigation by the Labour Party would need to analyse. 2.6 The 1990s reports do name and implicate several prominent Conservative parliamentarians . They are: i. Sir Peter Bottomley MP Sir Edward Leigh MP Dr Julian Lewis MP Peter Lilley MP (report) Lord Alistair Cooke ii. Cllr Robert Davis (Conservative on Westminster City Council) iii. Conservative activists and/or possible Conservative Party members: (David) Russell Walters (who was recently employed in the Mayor of London's office during the Boris Johnson administration) Tony Kerpel MBE Derek Laud (lobbyist, former Parliamentary candidate, and one-time personal friend of former prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha) iv. Retired Conservative parliamentarians - now in some cases local minor celebrities or famous television faces -: Michael Portillo (report and letter) Robert George Banks Michael Russell Brown Harry Greenway David John Nicholson Edwina Currie, while not implicated by the 1990s reports, could have valuable information, given her comments regarding the late Peter Morrison and recent statements by a child abuse survivor. Harvey Proctor, while not implicated by the 1990s reports, could have valuable information given a Daily Mail item. v. Former Westminster councillors: Dame Shirley Porter Peter Martindale Robert John Moreland Alex Segal Miles Young vi. Turning to the Liberal Democrats: David (now Lord) Steel (report) 2.7 In order to review the early 1990s investigative news articles which set out specific allegations against the above parliamentarians and others, please visit http://pdfsr.com/pdf/the-child-abuse-investigations 2.8 Supplementary information can be viewed at pdfsr.com/pdf/who-is-murdering-britain-s-children 3.0 We call on the Government, the Labour Party and the Lib Dems to launch investigations into allegations that MPs and peers raped children or conspired to help others to do so during the administrations of John Major and Margaret Thatcher.
Petition to UK Parliament
B.I.M - Believe In Me
My name is Samantha Nye I am a Rape Survivor. Read my story here http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/victim-vile-rapist-wants-confront-11872719 My story does not end with that article In my childhood I was sexually abused by step granddad & my mothers boyfriend. In my teenage years I was raped by a stranger whilst under the care of Social Services. In my adult life I was raped and then went on to be attacked and almost raped in my own home. I want to use my life experiences to help others and inject my knowledge and strength into other victims. I use to believe this is all I was born for, being a piece of meat to be used and thrown about with nobody to truly love and care for me but I now know this is not true and what these men have done to me is not acceptable nor normal behavior and it was never my fault. My life goal is to help others and to use my experiences to take a stand and be a voice for myself and for others. I hope to gain out of this the support that is going to be needed in order for me to help victims. I am raising funds because I want to be able to help victims who are in financial hardship due to Sexual Abuse, Rape or Domestic Violence it is very difficult to get back on your feet after such crime. Help me to help our country be a safer place for our women, our men and most of all our children,I am raising awareness to have these crimes punished severely. I am fighting for harsher sentencing for offenders and rehabilitation programs to be implemented before the release of prison and to get the message out there that if you commit these horrendous crimes you will pay for it. I was raped when I was 15 years old now 20 years later that same man is in prison for raping again, he was given 7 years for what he did to me 7 years that's all my life was worth that is not ACCEPTABLE when I have to live with the flashbacks of it repeating it self over and over again causing me the depression and anxiety that keeps overtaking my life, he robbed me of my life my teenager years the chance to finish school and get a good education and college education, the effects it caused me and even till this day, he never learned his lesson the time he did was not long enough or what he did whilst in prison was not harsh enough he learned nothing, I have to live with this for the rest of my life what that man took from me that horrible night I could never put it into words. It is time to STAND up and give victims JUSTICE and offenders real punishment for the CRIME they committed freely.
Petition to Sexual Violence and Misconduct Task Force
Force Durham University to take action against culture of sexual assault
Despite it not being advertised in the brochure, studying at Durham University brings a higher risk of sexual assault than at other universities, with 36 attacks reported within the past two years. Sexual violence seems to be a staple of university life with a shocking 48% of female undergraduates claiming to have been attacked. Following the recent media furore surrounding the culture of sexual assault, the university has taken some promising steps to tackle the incidence of assault, including the continuing work of the Sexual Violence Task Force and the doubling of the amount of counselling support available to students through the Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre. It's clear that the university has heard the criticism, but while it is responding, this petition aims to continue to apply pressure to achieve results. That's why, for International Women's Day, we're calling on the Task Force to take further steps in the right direction, for example, by providing comprehensive medical and legal services for victims on top of the psychological and counselling services provided, ensuring that the university's Codes of Practice introduce a strong prohibition of sexual assault, providing substantial resources to colleges about issues like intimate partner violence, rape, etc. as well as undertaking fair disciplinary procedures. Please stand with us and with all survivors who have been denied their right to safety in education, by adding your signature below.
Petition to Theresa May MP, Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Alison Saunders, Nick Folland
Change UK law so the person who raped me when I was a child can be convicted
Child rape. Probably one of the worst things you can ever imagine happening; but how would you feel if you were told that your abuser was not able to be brought to justice because of a legal technicality? In 2003 the Sexual Offences Act was repealed to state that any persons under the age of 10 are not capable of rape. Prior to this, the Sexual Offences Act 1956 stated that any persons under the age of 15 were not physically capable of rape. Any crimes of rape committed prior to 2003 by anyone 14 or younger cannot be convicted under current law as the law states they must be tried under the Act present at the time of when the crime was committed. I was 5 years old when I was raped the first time by my cousin and hundreds of times there after over the next two years until I was out of my abusers reach. My cousin was 14 years old when the abuse stopped. Only after 23 years was I finally able to speak out and contact the police. I relieved things of which I had never spoken since the day they happened. It was one of the most traumatic and most difficult things I have ever had to do, but I knew I was strong enough if it meant justice would finally be served. Weeks later I was delivered the devastating news that the case had to be dropped as at the time of the abuse, my cousin was, in the eyes of the law, 'physically incapable of rape'. Due to a legal loophole, my cousin could potentially walk into a police station, admit he raped hundreds of children before he turned 15 years old and still walk away untouched. This thought alone made me sick. I'm campaigning to get this changed. Why should my abuser be able to walk free, continue with his life and work with children, with no repercussions for his actions? I'm hoping that a bill will be passed in which this legal technicality can be abolished so that myself and thousands of others can finally receive the justice that we deserve. Rape is rape, no matter who committed the crime. Please help me get this changed. Thank you
Petition to UK Parliament
Bring back Capital Punishment for the most heinous of crimes
This petition is for the calling to bring back Capital Punishment for the most heinous of crimes including Paedophilia, Rape, Murder and Child Abuse. Prison and rehabilitation is costly and a drain on the public purse. What's more, it does not work. In fact, it makes them more adept as they learn "tips and skills" from other prisoners in how better to get away with the barbaric crimes they wish to commit. If you look at re-offending rates, prison is clearly not a deterrent. These people put us all at risk when they're released back into society. We have a right to live in a safe society.
Petition to Justine Greening
Stop The Tories Proposal To Allow Biological Males To Gain Access To Bio Female Safe Space
Soon in the UK adults will be able to change their gender legally without a doctor’s diagnosis under government plans that will transform British society. Bio males will be able to identify themselves as women — and Bio females as men — and have their birth certificates altered to record their new gender. This means Ministers plan to tear up the existing rules that mean people have to live for two years as their desired gender before they can officially change sex. If someone hasn't lived for at least two years in their desired gender or been assessed by a doctor it could lead to abuses and males trying to access female space with malicious intent. And that could mean vulnerable women's safe spaces, like Rape Crisis Centres and women's bathrooms may soon have to allow access to biological males - without question, as long as they claim they are female. As well, if a woman sees someone who still looks like a biological male she might not know their gender identity. Gender Identity isn't always obvious. Imagine how a female victim of child abuse, a rape victim or a survivor of domestic violence in a shelter might feel in this situation when she's in a place she thought was safe? Imagine what could happen if someone abused this new proposed legislation to attack women or girl children? Violent crimes are disproportionately committed by biological males against biological women and girls. ALL prejudice is wrong, including prejudice against Trans people, but we need to recognize that biological females are also discriminated against based on their birth sex, in particular as victims of this type of crime. Please help protect biological girls women from this by signing this petition. Advocate to stop this legislation or for the Tories proposal to include a mandate that safe spaces for biological women will be protected.
Petition to Malcolm Turnbull
Plebiscite Regarding the Return of Capital Punishment to the Commonwealth of Australia
It was 1967, Victoria, when the last execution took place in Australia. Now fifty years later, our nation has abolished the use of capital punishment, prohibited individual state governments from reintroducing it, and let heinous crimes take place without prevention. In fifty years, we have seen so much advancement, heard so many voices, and watched the generations change. Humans have adapted to so many new things: technology, communication, cultures. Yet the federal government still believes that in all this time, the death penalty is not applicable. That men like Arthur Alliband, a convicted rapist, should be allowed to walk free after a small prison sentence and ruin the life of yet another young Australian girl. In March 2016, Arthur was released after 18 months from a 31 month sentence on parole. According to NSW Corrective Services, sentences less than 3 years do not require prisoners to be assessed and approved by the State Parole Authority. This is what allowed Arthur to walk free, and mere hours later after his release, sexually assault a 16 year old girl in Sydney on his way home from jail. That such a person, who was previously convicted with two counts of sexual assault on an underage girl, should be allowed to walk free is a clear failure of our justice system, and proves the inadequacy of current sentences for sex offenders. Fifty years ago, parents could rest easy while their sons and daughters walked to a friends house, or caught the train home. Fifty years later, this is not so, and still courts are forced to abide by out-of-date laws, preventing the death penalty from being given to rapists, murders, and terrorsits. The United Nations has worked hard to push for a world where capital punishment is erradicated, believing that due to possible mis-sentencing and the questioable nature of taking a human, it has no place in modern society. An argument of morality is hypocritical however, when by not executing men like Arthur Alliband, the legal systems lets not only one Australian daughter be abused, but two. When did sexual assault, of a child warrant a mere 31 months? When did a repeated offence, with another child warrant only a maximum of 54 months? That is the sentence that the judge passed on, wishing Arthur the best with his treatment. A poll in 2015 showed that 52.5 percent of a small majority of Australians believed that capital punishment should be reintroduced. The federal government, and even past Prime Ministers have shared this conflicting belief that the death penalty is applicable in some circumstances. Tony Abbott said that some crimes really make you question whether rehabilitation is possible, or even deserved, and if execution is perhaps the best avenue. John Howard, made a statement that if the Indonesian law stated that the Bali bombers should face death, than that law should be respected, but it was under his administration that over 100 members of parliament wrote to the Indonesian government to spare the lives of the two Bali Nine leaders that were sentenced to death. Barnaby Joyce also made news when suggesting that capital punishment should be discussed once again for Australia's future. With an indecisive government, and an Australian majority in favour of it's reintroduction, it is time for a compulsory national plebiscite to take place. This will allow the Australia public to be heard in their need for a reviewal of the capital punishment laws, and allow disgusting criminals like Arthur Alliband face the punishment that they clearly deserve.