Petition to The Congress
Let The Punishment Fit The Crime
*Phần Tiếng Việt ở bên dưới. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter” (Martin Luther King Jr.). According to the Australian Institution of Criminology 1993, one in three girls are sexually abused and one in five boys shared the same condition. I couldn’t ignore anymore when I saw the penalty send out to the sexual terrorists in Vietnam. N.A.T was ten when she was sexually assaulted by Thuy Khac Nguyen. But she wasn't the only one, there were three more victims. Things are supposed to be easy since the prosecutor already have enough evidence to send him to jail. The problem was his jail time. In July 2016 the mother of one of the victims accused Nguyen of sexual harassment to her eight years old daughter. She also accused him of other inappropriate behaviors to others victims. Through investigation, the police had had enough evidence to accused him with two young girls (they were 15 and 10 years old) sexual harassment. Everybody was talking about the case, how the judges have put out the wrong penalty. This man first trial make him served three years; but then in the second trial, he was sentenced to eighteen months on probation. Because of that, the social media gone wild demanded another trial. Then thanks to the power of the public Nguyen had his third trial, he was charged with child sexual harassment but only served three years. This doesn't justify. Now we have the opportunity to fix that and I want to do everything in my power to make it right. You don't get to touch young girls and get away with it. They are too young to stand up for themselves; especially when they are still afraid of what society may think, so WE HAVE TO STAND UP FOR THEM. What the abusers did was more than “harassment”, it’s sexual terrorism. These people terrorize our girls’ and boys’ mentally and physically. Their action changes these children’s life forever, it can’t be undone. While their action has a negative effect why don't we use our action to make a positive outcome so that justice can be served? This was just one of hundreds and thousands of cases has been and will be mistreated. According to the law in Vietnam, child sexual harassment only served from six months to three years. While the public was furious with the judges, I found out that the inefficiency of the law was the main problem. No punishment can ever be enough but in this way, at least the abusers get what they deserve. Justice can be served when and only when we take action. Innocence was lost, childhood has been destroyed. These girls and boys can be your friends, your children, your sisters, your brothers. We cannot let this injustice happen any longer. As a teenage girl, I was hoping to share this with everyone because the first thing to fix a problem is to acknowledge it. We are living in the time where robbery sentence is as long as child sexual abuse. I'm hoping to get as much attention as I can get to change this injustice system. Let the punishment fit the crime. *Bản tiếng Việt dưới đây không có cùng nội dung như bản tiếng Anh. Việc đưa ra hình phạt quá thấp cho tội lạm dụng tình dục trẻ em sẽ không cản được suy nghĩ đê hèn của những tên tội phạm, mà trái lại còn khiến chúng nghĩ rằng đây chỉ là loại tội phạm không nghiêm trọng như cướp của hay trộm cắp vặt. Dâm ô với trẻ em cũng là một loại trộm cắp; chúng trộm cắp cả một cuộc đời, cả một tuổi thơ. Các em giờ đây phải nhìn đời bằng một con mắt khác. Nếu xã hội muốn bảo vệ trẻ em một cách tốt nhất có thể, thì phải coi tội phạm xâm hại tình dục trẻ em là loại tội phạm nghiêm trọng và đáng khinh bỉ nhất, và do đó, loại tội phạm này phải chịu hình phạt cao như những tội phạm nghiêm trọng khác. "1 trong 3 phụ nữ trên thế giới bị bạo hành về thể chất hoặc tình dục, phần lớn là bởi những người thân quen. Đó là những con số đáng báo động mới được công bố bởi UN Women." Vụ án của ông Nguyễn Khắc Thuỷ đã khép lại nhưng công lý vẫn chưa được thực thi. Tột cùng nỗi đau của cha mẹ là khi thấy đứa con bé bỏng của mình bị hại nhưng không làm gì hơn được. Tuyên án ba năm cho tội dâm ô với trẻ em là không thỏa đáng nhưng gia đình nạn nhân nào có thay đổi được gì. Là một học sinh năm cuối cấp ba, em biết mình không có sức ảnh hướng gì đáng kể nhưng cùng với sự giúp đỡ của mọi người, em mong sẽ sửa đổi được luật pháp Việt Nam. Em biết viết đơn kiến nghị này sẽ chẳng thay đổi được gì nhưng ít ra bước đầu tiên dẫn đến thay đổi là hiểu biết. Như mọi người đã đọc qua trên các trang báo và báo mạng ông Nguyễn Khắc Thuỷ bị buộc tội dâm ô trẻ em với hai bé gái. Trong khi mọi người đang vui mừng vì toà tuyên án mức phạt là ba năm thay vì mười tám tháng như ban đầu thì em vẫn cảm thấy mức án này chưa thoả đáng. Sau khi tìm hiểu em mới phát hiện rằng theo luật pháp Việt Nam tội phạm ấu dâm đi tù từ sáu tháng tới ba năm, và từ ba đến bảy năm trong trường hợp thuộc khoản hai tức là có từ hai nạn nhân trở lên. Tuy rằng không có mức phạt nào có thể bù đắp được so với nỗi đau của nạn nhân và gia đình phải trãi qua nhưng ít ra công lý cũng được thực thi. Xâm hại tình dục không chỉ đơn giản là nỗi đau thể xác mà còn là nỗi đau tinh thần. Tương lai của những đứa trẻ này sẽ bị xáo trộn hoàn toàn và những tên tội phạm ấu dâm này vẫn sẽ tiếp tục tái phạm, những con người tệ hại sẽ lại sa vào lỗi lầm vì bản án quá thấp. Vì luật pháp không chỉ để trừng phạt mà còn để đe doạ. Những đứa trẻ này một ngày nào đó có thể là con, là cháu, là chị, là anh, là em, là bạn của chúng ta nếu việc này cứ tiếp diễn. Ngay cả luật pháp còn sai thì ai sẽ làm điều đúng?
Petition to email@example.com
Cardinal Cupich Must Resign
We, the undersigned, in virtue of the Second Vatican Council’s empowering of the laity to respectfully voice their deeply held concerns to the shepherds in matters of the Church, respectfully beg His Eminence Blase Cardinal Cupich of Chicago to tender his resignation of his archdiocese, effective immediately. In the aftermath of the "Summer of Shame" for the Church regarding the scandal of homosexual clerical predation and the promotion of sodomy at all levels of the Church, His Eminence has demonstrated a woeful lack of pastoral concern for both laity and his own clergy. From his massively insensitive and unpastoral remarks to a Chicago TV station, where he said there is a "bigger agenda" than dealing with priestly sex abuse, to his doubling down on those comments less than a week later to a group of seminarians, which scandalized them, to his handling of the case of Fr. Paul Kalchik, a victim of homosexual rape whom he reportedly threatened to commit to psychiatric treatment, all of this demonstrates a pattern of extreme negligence in the fulfillment of his duties as shepherd, as well as increasing intolerance and lack of respect for faithful Catholics in his charge. His reputation for this is now spreading far and wide throughout not just the Catholic world, bringing shame and scandal on the Church, but also in the secular world, where his comments are now the source of scandal for even non-Catholics. In the face of all this just criticism, he demonstrated an embarrassing lack of humility as well as spiritual immaturity in blaming the TV station for "unfair editing" — a charge they disproved almost immediately. Cardinal Cupich must publicly apologize for his insensitivity, intolerance, lack of transparency, lack of willingness to dialogue and resulting sadness, sorrow and scandal to the People of God that his willful actions have inflicted on them, and he must resign his post immediately. The People of God can no longer endure the reign of a man whose very presence worries the faithful that each new day brings with it the increasing possibility of yet another national embarrassment for the Church. The faithful can no longer endure — nor should they endure — this appointment.
Petition to Barbara Ballard, Laura Kelly, Kansas State House, Kansas State Senate, Lynn Jenkins, Pat Roberts, Kansas Governor, Jeff Colyer
Make Kansas Clergy Mandate Reporters regarding Child Sex Crime and Abuse!!!
We are putting this petition together to have a law made making ALL Kansas clergy mandate reporters of Sexual abuse and abuse in general of a child. It's time to stop silencing a child's voice. It's time for churches to understand and realize they are not above the law. Here is our story and our petition to help stop this from Happening again.How many of you are aware that Clergy are NOT mandated reporters in the state of Kansas?We are sharing Sheldons story to help raise awareness and help stop this from happening to any other family.Unfortunately, we found out through a very difficult situation that ministers in the State of Kansas are not mandated reports. In December of 2017 our 10-year-old son came forward and told my husband and I that he was sexually abused in our church during an overnight stay in October inclusive of a few other incidences in our home. The incidences included various forms of rape and sodomy of my 10-year-old son by older boys.After falling apart and talking with my husband during this gut-wrenching vulnerable time, the plan was to report it to our church leaders to give them a warning first and then to the police next. We felt if we went to our church leaders first then they would go with us as support to the police especially after hearing the horrors of my son’s story.However, this is not what happened… The church leaders asked us to wait 24 hours, so they could pray and come up with a plan on how to handle the situation asking us to speak to no one regarding this matter. Not knowing how to handle this situation while feeling lost and uncertain during this time we agreed. After 24 hours instead of being met with a plan of action on how to move forward regarding my son’s molestation, a text was sent to us telling us we were to meet with the leadership and the families that Sunday after church. By this time, we realized that the leadership instead of supporting us within the legal avenues they were wanting control of the situation. Therefore, we felt the need and were compelled to go to the police ourselves and take care of the situation in a legal fashion.We went to the leadership on a Thursday night and ended up calling the police by Friday night. My son ended up going to Children’s Mercy for a rape kit and blood tests on Saturday as advised by the police and hospital. Later on we found out that if we had waited much later to report this and to do the rape kit that after midnight of that Saturday the results would not have been admissible in court. That evidence was hours away from not being able to be used in court if we had waited until we met on Sunday to meet with the families and listened to the leadership. Consequently. time is of the essence in these types of situations on when things need to be reported not only so they can be used in court but in order to stop these crimes from reoccurring.Therefore, it is very pertinent that ministers are mandated reporters. While my husband and I were talking to the detective after our son gave his statement the detective shared his own frustrations with clergy not being mandated reporters. The detective commented that the police get so frustrated during these situations because the churches want to handle molestations in-house which have prevented getting justice for the children such as in the case of the Catholic churches. A lot of times the perpetrators and victim do not get the help they need, and the crimes carry on damaging countless lives. Right now, about half the states have laws stating clergy are mandated reporters, therefore we need to get more effective laws passed to protect our children beginning with Kansas.Therefore, Larry and I are asking for your help which the first step is to sign the petition yourselves which is shown on the link on the bottom.The second step is to create an awareness of the need for mandated reporting by everyone. Please let your pastor know about the petition and have them sign it as well. In addition, We would appreciate the opportunity to talk about this before congregations or groups to make our son’s story known to help propel a clergy mandated reporting law into existence. The goal is to have at least 5,000 signatures by December before we go present the law to state legislation of January 14, 2019. Please help make an impact on children’s lives! How many times have children gone unheard simply because the church keeps it hidden or tries to handle things "internally"? We are telling Sheldons story not to gain attention or fame but to raise awareness about how close to home the threat can be. How often abuse in the church goes undealt with and the trauma and longterm damage that results from it. Sheldon coming forward sadly doesn't happen in most cases. A staggering 60% of kids who are sexualy molested don't ever come forward. We could have just fallen apart completely and lost our faith and blamed God, but we didn't. Instead we are starting Kids Voice Ministries and Kids Voice Kansas To empower children to speak up and to believe that someone does indeed care and will believe them and most importantly STOP the abuse. Even in the church. Our other mission and focus is educating churches and the religious sec on children's rights and how devastating it is when you cover up or down grade what has been done to a child. Pray that God will work through us to help stop the suffering and free children from the chains of sexual abuse and that their voice WILL be heard!!!
Petition to Jamie Pedersen, Washington State Senate, Washington State House
Abolish the statute of limitations on sex crimes in Washington State
When I was ten years old, my sixth grade teacher sexually abused me and my two best friends – on many occasions. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned he had abused many, many, other children, but was never held accountable for his crimes. By that time the statute of limitations had passed and none of us could press charges against him. Stand with survivors and demand that Washington State abolish the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes. Childhood victims of abuse often don’t report their abuse because their abusers threaten them, they don’t understand what is happening to them, or fear not being believed. For many, the strength to pursue justice comes only after counseling or therapy in their adulthood. How can we then bar victims from seeking justice once they are older, and better equipped to speak about past abuse? My abuser still lives in my hometown and has worked with children through his church. A background check will reveal that he is not a registered sex offender. He couldn't possibly be... all the victims we know about have been time-barred from seeking justice by the statute of limitations. It’s time to stop protecting abusers and pass House Bill 1155, which would eliminate the statute of limitations for felony sexual assault offenses. This bill is part of a nation-wide movement to change our justice system to better serve survivors. Already, New York, California and several other states have abolished their statutes of limitations – now it’s Washington’s turn. Call on Washington legislators to stand on the right side of history. Sign the petition today.
Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Charles E. Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Shelley Mayer, Jeff Denham, Christine Pellegrino, Elizabeth Warren, Elizabeth "Betty" Little
No limitations on sexual abuse
The statue of limitations on sexual abuse need to be lifted. People live with shame ,guilt, blame themselves for many years before coming forward. They deserve closure and fair justice. No body wants this it takes tremendous courage to come forward. Help support this change in policy. I am a victim and I am getting no justice or closure from this horrible experience from the Archdiocese,
Petition to Marc Berman, Kamala D. Harris, Edmund G. Brown Jr.
License Boys & Girls Clubs To Keep Children Safe
https://www.facebook.com/203460073651219/videos/187519545516238/ Child abuse, molestation and sexual assaults against children have reached epidemic proportions. According to RAINN, every 8 minutes a child is sexually assaulted, "but only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison." The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that, "Children are most vulnerable to CSA [child sexual abuse] between the ages of 7 and 13." If you Google Boys & Girls Clubs and abuse, you will find a horrifying pattern across the country: children are being abused, the abusers were often already suspected and reported, and Boys & Girls Clubs conducts their own investigations, instead of going to the police. The children need therapy; instead, they are shunned, shamed, and silenced. Frequently, the perpetrators are not turned in, which allows them to continue harming more and more children. Since Boys & Girls Clubs are nonprofit organizations, they use donations and public funds. The money should be used to support children, not to support the defense of sex abuse of children. At Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley, Paul Dwayne Kilgore was reported by children, employees, parents, and community members, but he wasn't stopped until after he left the organization, when an alert and ethical Mandated Reporter made a report to police. Boys & Girls Clubs of America tells affiliate sites to conduct their own investigations; at Sonoma Valley, they didn't follow the Mandated Reporter laws of California, and they didn't offer counseling to the children and families. After continually denying culpability for more than a year and allowing for a restricted donation to be spent on attorneys' fees, Cary Dacy, CEO, Robert Julian, a white collar criminal defense attorney, and Willard "Dub" Hay, offered an illegal NDA to the Compliance Officer to attempt to conceal the truth. The victims have been left without support. This story is repeated over and over, as Boys & Girls Clubs of America continues to lobby and argue for their licensing exemption in states throughout the country. The situation in California, which has some of the strictest laws on Mandated Reporting, demonstrates that Boys & Girls Clubs should not be left to regulate themselves. After almost five months of attempting to gain compliance, the organization continues to fail to do right by the children and claims "justice has been done"; simultaneously, they have had Joseph O'Dea, the attorney in the Penn State Sandusky matter, contact the former Compliance Officer. This is not justice. Justice cannot occur until Boys & Girls Clubs are licensed just like other childcare providers; their actions demonstrate that they do not deserve an exemption. Please sign the petition to help in obtaining true justice. Thank you.
Petition to Samira Jones
Grandparents Speak up for defenseless grandchildren & rights on being failed by the system
We need to speak out for our grandchildren,listen and asure them that they will be ok. And report any one who has effected their well being. If they are sexual or physically being abused. By anyone.
Petition to Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Remove Stars Belonging to Abusers and Rapists
In the age of #MeToo, men who assault and abuse people are being held accountable for their actions. Yet the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce still insists on honoring some of the worst offenders in the film industry with stars on their Walk of Fame. Sign and demand that the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce remove stars belonging to rapists and abusers. Among those honored with stars are Bill Cosby, accused of rape by over 60 women, and been convicted on three accounts, and Charlie Sheen, accused of multiple assaults against women. Six allegations of assault and harassment have been surfaced against Brett Ratner, Kevin Spacey has been accused of the same by 15 people and Gig Young murdered his wife – and yet they all have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Even our president has a star in spite of the 22 women who have accused him of sexual assault and misconduct. Millions of tourists visit the walk each year and see stars honoring the careers of people who harassed, assaulted, and killed people. Yet when faced with mounting pressure to remove Bill Cosby’s star, the Chamber of Commerce refused, responding that "once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk." The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce isn’t respecting history by keeping these stars, it’s endorsing violence. It’s long past time the Hollywood Chamber of Congress removed violent celebrities from the Walk of Fame – add your name and join the campaign to demand better.