24 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

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 In 2003 the Sexual Offences Act was repealed to state that any persons under the age of 10 are not capable of rape.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

Emma Day
262 supporters
Started 5 months ago

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.  

T Parnell
185 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

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.  

Stephen Poole
91 supporters