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Sexual Assault

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Don't Cry Wolf Law: Prosecute False Allegations of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault/Abuse

The problem: Today we are seeing more and more false allegations of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and child abuse made to law enforcement, family courts, and social media.  The impact of the allegations can be disastrous. From high legal defense fees, to loss of career, to loss of standing in the community, to loss of child custody, to harassment on social media and being victimized by social justice because of today's social climate, to loss of freedom and civil liberties: the price victims of false abuse allegations pay is high. Yet, today, the accuser rarely faces any legal accountability for their actions. As demonstrated in recent cases, District Attorney Offices illogically refuse to press charges for fear it would deter real victims from coming forward, essentially accepting the falsely accused as acceptable collateral damage. Would be false accusers have the freedom in most instances to abuse the protection from abuse programs and false reporting laws in place with no repercussions. In fact, while there are laws specific to domestic violence and sexual assaults to highlight the seriousness of those offenses, there are no specific laws for knowingly making false allegations of DV or SA, to highlight the seriousness of those offenses. Allowing false allegations gives these wrongdoers incentive to stand on the backs of real victims of abuse and make a false allegation with no risk. More concerning, every false allegation drowns out the voices and stories of real victims and creates public skepticism when a real victim comes forward with their truths.  The solution is two fold: In order to convey the seriousness of the offenses, states should consider adopting the proposed Don't Cry Wolf Law (click to learn more) as part of their criminal statutes, separate from the inconsequential false reporting laws these offenses now fall under, to hold false accusers accountable at a more severe level and to be able to better track these types of offenses in the future.  District Attorney offices must abandon their illogical stance that prosecuting malicious, false accusers will deter real victims from coming forward. The illogical practice disregards the victims of false allegations and their right to justice, while at the same time negatively impacting real victims of abuse. They are essentially saying "We won't give you justice because it MAY affect someone else from getting theirs." Passing the Don't Cry Wolf Law would would show DA offices that States are serious about stopping these offenses. How you can help:  This petition is addressed to the governors in all 50 US States. Sign this petition to let them know the amount of false allegations of abuse and the handling of these allegations by law enforcement and the judicial system is a major issue today and needs to be addressed. Share the petition with your friends and spread the word.  The more support this receives the more attention this problem will get. Follow the #dontcrywolf Campaign on twitter at https://twitter.com/donotcrywolf to stay up to date on the campaign. Learn about the proposed Don't Cry Wolf Law and share the information within your social networks.  Information on the proposed law is available at https://www.dontcrywolf.org/dontcrywolf-law.html. This site will outline the law, its need and answer the following questions: What is the proposed Don't Cry Wolf Law? When a person knowingly wrongfully accuses someone of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse or Child Abuse, aren't they already prosecuted or held accountable today? But won't prosecuting those that make these false allegations deter real victims from coming forward for fear they will be falsely prosecuted or not believed? If a crime is committed, such as a false report, don't District Attorney offices have to prosecute? Isn't that their job? How can we change this unwritten policy followed by DA offices? Can't those that have been falsely accused of DV/SA abuse/assault take their accuser to civil court and sue them? Won't social movements like #metoo consider this to be an anti-women or anti-victim law? What is the current language used for the proposed Don't Cry Wolf Law?

#dontcrywolf Campaign
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Update posted 15 hours ago

Petition to The Board of VOM USA, Jim Dau

Investigate Why Voice of the Martyrs Funded the Abuse of Nigerian Orphans

In January 2016, while on a mission trip to Nigeria, we were told by some people there of great wickedness that was being perpetrated in Voice of the Martyrs work in Nigeria. Voice of the Martyrs is a ministry that purports to help persecuted Christians. In Nigeria, there were many victims of Muslim persecution, and it was one of their highest profile countries for fundraising. There were several projects in Nigeria, including the Stephen's Center - a home for children effected by persecution, Basic Response - which arranged for care of attack victims, and a prosthetic clinic - to provide limbs for those who had lost them.  We have returned twice after that initial trip to investigate, and are convinced that instead of helping the people of Nigeria, Voice of the Martyrs has been harming people in tragic and shameful ways. For the full story, please watch the video we've posted online, Persecuting the Persecuted. The wickedness we have uncovered includes the following: Isaac Newton, the director of the Voice of the Martyrs in Nigeria, has been accused by many credible witnesses of habitually sexually assaulting girls in the Stephen's Center Isaac continued this abuse by threatening the victims and their families with expulsion from the school or the removal of Voice of the Martyrs monetary assistance Isaac has retaliated against anyone who confronted him or tried to end his wickedness Isaac had stolen much of the funds that was provided by Voice of the Martyrs The children in the Stephen's Center have been mistreated and not provided with the food and supplies that they need Financial corruption has been rampant through Voice of the Martyrs in Nigeria Many victims have not received the money that was specifically raised to help them Through our conversations in Nigeria and more than a year spent urging Voice of the Martyrs to act, we discovered wrongdoing closer to home. It seems that Voice of the Martyrs had reason to know what was going on, and their actions have covered up the evil that was done instead of fighting to end it. There are Voice of the Martyrs ministries in many different countries that although separate, often collaborate. VOM USA is the largest by far and gave most of the funding, and had the most oversight over Nigeria. In our video, you can find a more complete story of our interactions with VOM USA. But to summarize: VOM USA investigated these allegations years before we heard of them. They said their efforts uncovered nothing, yet in just a few days we could assemble a story from many witnesses and while it should not be sufficient for a court, it should have been sufficient to start a real investigation. We know that the allegations of molestation were reported to VOM USA in 2015, yet they did not investigate, but insisted that the abuse had been done by an employee who had died. VOM USA promised to have multiple outside investigations done, but no investigators ever contacted us for any information and we never heard about it again. VOM USA supported Isaac in his efforts to fire two employees who were reporting his abuse, without caring to investigate those allegations of abuse. Even when they eventually defunded Isaac, VOM USA gave land and goods worth over $100,000 to him - someone who they had every reason to believe was abusing those who he claimed to be helping. In our conversations with VOM USA we have on many occasions been told false or contradictory information. VOM USA seems to have been working to delay and distract us to avoid dealing with the issue. VOM USA has repeatedly denied any responsibility for what went on by claiming that VOM in Nigeria was a completely separate organization that they just funded. Yet that obscures the reality that they were far more involved and intertwined, VOM USA having managerial authority over Nigerian employees, making hiring and firing decisions.  Voice of the Martyrs has repeatedly failed to investigate serious wrongdoing when given the opportunity. They have sided with the oppressors instead of the victims. They have repeatedly proven themselves untrustworthy.  We believe that Voice of the Martyrs needs to bring in independent, outside investigators from a well-respected third party to conduct a full investigation and publicly release their findings. Donors need to understand why VOM USA did not fight to end this evil when it was brought to their attention. We need to understand who was involved in allowing this to happen, and how we can have confidence that it will never happen again in VOM USA.    "To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke" - Isaiah 58:6b  "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light." - Ephesians 5:11-13 "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." - John 3:19-21  

Reformation Baptist Church
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