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rape victims support

15 petitions

Started 5 months ago

Petition to Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan State House, Michigan State Senate

Stop The Lift of Michigan Sex Offender Registry

  Less Than 90 days Law Makers of the state of Michigan will attempt to revise and or lift the sex offender registry, on behalf of 40,000 convicted sex offenders in Michigan. led by Miriam Aukerman, senior staff attorney at ACLU and University of Michigan Clinical Law Program. This petition is about giving the SURVIVOR population in Michigan the proper notice, consideration and respect while seeking their input, if and when there are to be any laws changed, revisited, lifted from or added to the state of Michigan's judicial process, system(s), codes, rules, or regulations which will effect the SURVIVORS quality of living. Lawmakers of Michigan do not have the right to make such drastic changes without first consulting with those whom will be directly impacted by their decisions. I am a SURVIVOR/CONQUEROR of childhood sexual abuse, this coming change directly impacts not only my family’s quality of life and living in this State of Michigan, but all families inhibiting the state. ACE's Adverse Childhood Experiences like sexual abuse become " life sentences" of emptiness, shame, hate, guilt, confusion, depression, addictions, ptsd, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts and actions for us on the surviving side. We are now beginning to create the safer environments we needed as children for the benefit of future generations.We the SURVIVOR population demand that all 40,000 cases being presented in the class action lawsuit against the State of Michigan by ACLU and UofM be examined and investigated 1 by 1 case by case, as all 40,000 were not tried or convicted at the same time therefore these 40,000 cases can not and should not be lifted or revised in such a manner. Each Survivor must have their voice heard and personal right to safety respected.  

Eric Layton
23 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Tennessee Department of Children's Services, United States Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Senate

Legal child marriage in the U.S.

Helping children in forced marriages is murky territory for activists and social workers. A child who leaves home under the age of 18 is considered a runaway, meaning that social service organizations and shelters could face legal action for helping them. On top of that, many of the resources that are available to adults in abusive marriages aren't available to named minors. In the United Slates, a person cannot Just remove the child from the situation — that could be considered kidnapping, punishable by up to life in prison. Child Protection Services also typically decline to get involved before a child is married, and after the marriage, they may no longer even have the authority to get involved. As I alluded to before religion is an important factor that comes into play here. Most of the survivors of these forced child marriages come from tight religious circles. When you look at the list of countries where child marriage is most common at the top of the list are the heavily Islamic countries of Chad, Niger, Bangladesh, and Ginny. The jewish halakhah sets the minimum age for marriage at 13 for boys and 12 for girls. Catholic canon law allows marriage at 16 for boys and 14 for girls. In these tight religious circles the girl would never be able to tell authorities or get out of the marriage until shes at least 18. Even then if she divorced her husband she'd likely be banned from her community forever. Some things are being done to stop this by the organization "unchained at last" but their efforts and proposals have actually been turned down by several states. For example New Jersey governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have banned marriage for teens under 18 in the state of new Jersey for the reason of "an exclusion without exceptions would violate the cultures and traditions of some communities in New Jersey based on religious traditions". After Chris Christie left office though the bill quickly progressed in new Jersey again, which is great, but the progress on the bill was obliterated completely again. "And then Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin pulled A865 (the bill to raise the marriage age to 18 without exceptions) from me assembly agenda on May 24 2018, Just minutes before the assembly session"-unchained at last. Gary shayer (an orthodox jew) was the one to convince Craig Coughlin to do this. It was only after all of this that the bill finally progress once more and was eventually passed. New Jersey isn't the only place people are trying to make a change though "Unchained has last has helped to write, introduce, and promote legislation in some two dozen U.S states to eliminate the human-rights abuse but so far only two states have ended all child marriage: Delaware, which did so in May 2018, and New Jersey which did so in June 2018. “Two down. 48 to go."- unchainedatlast.com Unchained at last, and various activists are making politicians and legislators in plenty of states aware of the flaws in our legislature, yet even when presented with the hanus statistics the bill is still not being passed due to trivial reasons that are not worth the amount of children that are stuck in violent and emotionally destructive marriages with absolutely no way out. Change in policies (here is a list of all the states that still have child marriage legal, the minimum age, and the name of the current child marriage bill) Washington - no minimum -pending bill for age of 17 - HB2376 Oregon - no minimum - pending bill for age 18 - HB2767 California - no minimum - bill passed that does not limit marriage laws to satisfy people - SB273 Alaska - no minimum - bill failed - SB273 Hawaii - no minimum- no bill Arizona - 16 (no more than 3 year difference) - HB2006 Nevada - no minimum - strong bill pending - AB139 Idaho - no minimum - weak bill pending to make legal age minimum 16 - H0098 Montana - no minimum - bill to make legal minimum 18 has died - HB533 Wyoming - no minimum - bill to make legal minimum 18 has died - HB60 Colorado  - no minimum - weak bill to rase age to 18 pending - HB19-1251 New Mexico - no minimum - no bill Texas - 16 minimum - HB3932/SB1705 North Dakota - no minimum - no bill South Dakota  - no minimum - no bill Nebraska  - no minimum - no bill Kansas  - no minimum - no bill Oklahoma  - no minimum - no bill Minnesota - no minimum - 2 currently pending bills to raise marriage age to 18 - HF745/SF1393 Iowa  - no minimum - no bill Missouri - 16 minimum (within 4 year age gap) - SB655 Arkansas - 17 minimum - HB1708 Louisiana - no minimum - SB463 Indiana - no minimum - no bill Kentucky - 17 minimum (within 4 year age gap) - SB48 Tennessee - 17 minimum (within 4 year age gap) - established cause of action for forced marriage survivors - HB2134/SB226 Mississippi - no minimum - no bill Alabama - no minimum - no bill Maine - no minimum - bill pending to make marriage age 16 - LD545/SP144 New Hampshire - 16 minimum - bill killed to raise age to 18 - HB1587, HB1661, and HB1586 Vermont - no minimum - bill killed to raise age to 18 - H790 Massachusetts - no minimum - bill pending to raise age to 18 - H2310/S785 Rhode Island  - no minimum - no bill Connecticut - 16 minimum - bill pending to raise age to 18 - HB5442 New York - 17 minimum - A5524 Maryland - no minimum - bill to raise minimum to 18 has died a total of 4 times - SB231 West Virginia - no minimum - no bill Virginia - 16 minimum (emancipated; judicial consent) - HB703/SB415 North Carolina - no minimum - no bill Sourh Carolina - 16 minimum - S0196 Georgia - 16 minimum (no more than 4 year age gap, emancipated, and has completed premarital education) - HB228 Florida - 17 minimum (2 year age gap)

Ashton C.
8 supporters