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Sexual Assault

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Petition to Cardiff University, Welsh Government, Office of the Independent Adjudicator

Demand that Cardiff University Changes Harmful Sexual Assault Policies.

My name is Aliza Cilley, and I am an international student from America enrolled in the Vocal Performance Master's program at Cardiff University. In September of 2018 I moved to Cardiff, and was a hard working and dedicated student, involved in all of my lectures and different performing ensembles. I am really hoping for your support today. In March of 2019 I was sexually assaulted by another Cardiff University Student, and for safety reasons I have made the difficult decision to abandon my studies and go home to New Hampshire to be with my loved ones. I reported my assault to the police and university, which involved a lot of recounting my trauma. These reports only ended in frustration, victim blaming, and disappointment. Several aspects of my cases were mishandled, and due to various hiccups in the process, it has taken a year and a half for the University to come to a conclusion on my case. Did you know that following a Cardiff University student case, the victim does not have the opportunity to appeal the decision, but the perpetrator does? This is just one of countless examples of victim blaming I have faced since March of 2019. Though I have received apologies from law enforcement and university officials, I truly believe I deserve more than that. I have spent a lot of time in the last year reaching out to different members of faculty and staff at Cardiff University, mostly to express that I cannot finish my degree (in person or remotely) for mental health reasons, and in hopes that I could get money back for the degree I paid in full for, but will never receive (including 2 trimesters where I was not studying due to extenuating circumstances.) This request was denied by The Department of Music (Kenneth Hamilton), the University Student Cases Team, and registrar Simon Wright. I have been cooperative with the University, gone through the complaint process, provided all the information I am comfortable providing, but I still find myself fighting for some kind of restitution. It is unfair that I am unable to finish my studies, but my attacker is.  I am asking you to please consider signing and sharing this petition, as Cardiff University needs to take responsibility and address their mishandling of such cases. Victims deserve better treatment and continued support, not only from the University as a whole, but the School of Music as well. I am hoping that if I can get an outpouring of signatures, the University will consider rethinking the way in which they respond to these situations, particularly by reevaluating the student case and student complaint procedures, and the way in which officials speak to vulnerable victims. Please sign the petition and stand in solidarity with survivors who have fallen victim to these harmful processes.

Aliza Cilley
689 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Lee Chatfield, Aric Nesbitt, Mike Shirkey, Stephanie Chang, Gretchen Whitmer, Jim Ananich, Jason Wentworth, Triston Cole, Christine Greig, Graham Filler, David LaGrand, Debbie Stabenow, Gary C. Peters, Peter J. Lucido

Reform Michigan's Child Sexual Abuse Laws

As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I am calling upon the Michigan Legislature to reform child sexual abuse laws, including reintroducing legislation that eliminates the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse (given that all are entitled to justice and recognizing the amount of time it takes many survivors of CSA to come forward), or, at the very least substantially extends them. The survivors of child sexual abuse deserve a window to justice. The Michigan Legislature must take a stand against lobbyists that have thwarted previous attempts to hold perpetrators accountable. The people of Michigan and the survivors of child sexual abuse have had enough of this egregious pandering to institutions that have covered up decades of child sexual abuse within their state. The 100th Michigan Legislature needs to call for a coalition of experts to once again reexamine this issue. The disgraceful ad hominem attacks on experts such as Prof. Marci A. Hamilton must end. With this petition, I am calling for a sincere fact-finding investigation by the Michigan Legislature on how to best proceed with statue of limitation reform on child sexual abuse. The crushing burden of child sexual abuse needs to be shifted from the survivors to the offenders. Lobbyists have exaggerated some statute of limitations reform economic impacts that pale in comparison to the overall impact of child sexual abuse in the United States. An honest study of these impacts will reveal that the facts are on the side of the survivors and not the powerful institutions that seek to protect these criminals and their profits. A window to justice is only one important step towards reforming Michigan’s child sexual abuse laws. Another important step forward is for the State of Michigan to consider screening for adverse childhood experiences. California has taken a bold step towards screening for adverse childhood experiences. The CDC has identified multiple damaging impacts that adverse childhood experiences can create and Michigan needs to act in a comprehensive way to address this issue. With this petition, I am calling for the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services to study screening for adverse childhood experiences. The Michigan Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee and the Michigan House Health Policy Committee can and should hold hearings on addressing the problem of adverse childhood experiences. Update: Michigan HCR2 A concurrent resolution to declare Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) a critical health issue, commit the Legislature to action, and encourage the Governor to direct agencies to assess and report progress on reducing ACEs. https://trackbill.com/bill/michigan-house-concurrent-resolution-2-a-concurrent-resolution-to-declare-adverse-childhood-experiences-aces-a-critical-health-issue-commit-the-legislature-to-action-and-encourage-the-governor-to-direct-agencies-to-assess-and-report-progress-on-reducing-aces/1704074/ The courts and the legislature must consider the impact court revictimization can have on survivors. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) testimony is a possible victim-centered solution to this problem. Survivors of sexual abuse currently endure excruciating trauma by having to confront their abusers in court, the argument that CCTV testimony violates a defendant’s right to confrontation has been debunked. CCTV testimony for child and adult survivors is an effective way to solve this problem. Studies currently show that CCTV testimony has no impact on jury deliberation. Michigan’s sexual abuse laws must be informed by traumatology and avoid causing further injury to the survivors. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services currently has specific guidance for law enforcement responses to sexual assault. With this petition, I am calling for the MDHHS to create a Model Policy that addresses child sexual abuse exclusively. The problems that law enforcement face with conducting child sexual assault investigations are unique and should be appropriately addressed. Additionally, I am calling for the 100th Michigan Legislature, MDHHS, and the Michigan Department of Attorney General to address gaps and cohesion issues with child advocacy centers (CACs), increase funding and coverage of CACs, and create a Michigan Department of Attorney General Child Abuse Task Force that consists of multidisciplinary teams to address the systemic and widespread problem of child sexual abuse.With this petition, I am calling for the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS), the Michigan Senate Insurance and Banking Committee, and the Michigan House of Representatives Insurance Committee to create mandates that require insurance carriers to cover negligent child sexual abuse, this will create much needed deterrence to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse within youth-serving organizations. In addition to this bold step, DIFS and the legislative insurance committees can and should require insurance carriers to conduct prerequisite annual child protection audits of youth-serving organizations with stiff penalties including coverage termination. The 100th Michigan Legislature has the opportunity to be on the right side of history and stand with the survivors of child sexual abuse. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has already voiced her support for these reforms, the legislature needs to follow suit to help victims of child sexual abuse. Please take action NOW!New CDC Data Underscores Need to Address Adverse Childhood Experienceshttps://www.madinamerica.com/2019/11/new-cdc-data-shows-need-address-adverse-childhood-experiences/Forming a Multidisciplinary Team To Investigate Child Abusehttps://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/170020.pdfOne year's losses for child sexual abuse in US top $9 billion, new study suggestshttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180521131552.htmThe economic burden of child sexual abuse in the United States.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29533869CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE STATISTICShttp://www.d2l.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/all_statistics_20150619.pdfThe Estimated Annual Cost of Child Abuse and Neglecthttps://preventchildabuse.org/resource/the-estimated-annual-cost-of-child-abuse-and-neglect/The Impact of Child Sexual Abusehttps://www.d2l.org/the-issue/impact/Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors Face Lifelong Financial Burdenshttps://www.npr.org/2018/09/03/643702633/clergy-sex-abuse-survivors-face-lifelong-financial-burdensThe Catholic Church and Boy Scouts are lobbying against child abuse statutes. This is their playbookhttps://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2019/10/02/catholic-church-boy-scouts-fight-child-sex-abuse-statutes/2345778001/CHURCH INFLUENCING STATE:How the Catholic Church Spent Millions AgainstSurvivors of Clergy Abusehttps://www.williamscedar.com/files/2019/06/ChurchInfluencingStateCatholic.pdfFor many abused by priests, no window for justicehttps://www.woodtv.com/news/target-8/for-many-abused-by-priests-no-window-for-justice/Child Sex Abuse Statistics for Statute of Limitationshttps://www.childusa.org/solImpact of Child Abuse & Neglecthttps://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/can/impact/Detroit Archdiocese transfers assets; critics say it's a shell gamehttps://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2018/12/14/detroit-archdiocese-transferring-assets/2302809002/As the Archdiocese of Detroit awaits its judgment day, it plays hide-and-seek with its money — including a Cayman Islands venturehttps://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/as-the-archdiocese-of-detroit-awaits-its-judgment-day-it-plays-hide-and-seek-with-its-money-including-a-venture-in-the-cayman-islands/Content?oid=22444383

Stephen Flores
724 supporters