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Sexual Assault

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Petition to Hon. Judge Daniel Goldstein, annette irving

Ex-San Diego Sheriff-Sexual Predator Victims Demand Justice

A former San Diego County sheriff’s deputy pled guilty Sept 9, to assaulting 16 women while on duty and in uniform, including women who had called the department for help. The women accuse Fischer of hugging or kissing them without consent, groping their bodies and even forcing them to perform oral copulation during incidents between 2015 and 2017 in several communities including Vista, Lakeside, El Cajon and San Marcos. Prosecutors said Fischer would return to victims' homes late at night after the call had been cleared from dispatch records and no other deputies were present. A plea agreement was reached on the day the trial was scheduled to begin. Until his guilty plea, Fischer had repeatedly denied he assaulted women while under the color of authority calling the victims liars and holding a news conference where he stated "These false allegations are extremely hurtful and disheartening". An amended criminal complaint was filed with seven charges against 16 women, far fewer and less severe than the 20 charges the District Attorney's Office had at one point filed against the former deputy; all charges of sexual assault were dropped. The charges included in the plea agreement were four felony counts of assault and battery by an officer, two counts of misdemeanor assault by an officer and one count of misdemeanor false imprisonment. The maximum penalty Fischer is facing is five years behind bars, but the minimum is probation. If the case would have made it to trial and no plea agreement was reached Fischer faced more than 25 years in state prison if convicted on all counts. Sentencing is due to start December 10,2019. Fischer's plea deal could open the door for the ex-deputy to once again serve in law enforcement. When sentenced, If Fischer was granted probation and successfully complete it, he would be able to petition to have his felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors. If the felony convictions are reduced and Fischer does not have to register as a sex offender, there's a chance Fischer could return to law enforcement!!!!!!! As a sworn officer, authority and a badge is something you are honored to have. In return the community invests trust in you and depends on you for protection. What happens when the one who is supposed to provide us with protection has no integrity and we end up needing to be protected from them? Richard Fischer should be held accountable to the highest extent of the law based solely on the fact that he was in a position of authority and used his badge to take advantage of myself and multiple other woman. Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, wives... We should not be fearful of being sexually violated by a law enforcement officer. We cant reverse the plea agreement that has already been put in place, but we can ask Judge Daniel Goldstein to sentence him accordingly. With all the evidence of what he put us through and the fact that his charges have been so dramatically reduced due to the plea agreement he should serve the maximum 5 years in prison and due to the nature of his crimes SEX REGISTRATION SHOULD BE MANDATORY!! Without being required to register as a sex offender we are risking the possibility of this predator being placed back into a position of authority and also showing other predators that all you will be punished with is a slap on the hand. Please help us put Richard Fischer's trail of psychological coercion and sexual assaults on woman to an end,. Thank you  

Kathy Pillman
341 supporters
Update posted 23 hours 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 expands or eliminates the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse. 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. 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/One 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-burdensFor 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
473 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Congress, President of the United States

'One of the worst days of my life:' Stop sham 'Start By Believing' investigations

MATT ROLPH WAS BRANDED A RAPIST, EXPELLED FROM COLLEGE, AND FORCED TO SPEND $$$ TO RESTORE HIS GOOD NAME. Matt Rolph, above, was accused of sexually assaulting his long-term girlfriend, “Jane Roe.” His case went to court, and the jury cleared him of all charges. Must-see video: https://13wham.com/news/special-reports/college-discredit-acquitted-of-rape-still-shamed  Even though the jury found Matt innocent, Hobart College in Geneva, NY decided to make an example of him. So Hobart hired an investigator who...1. Did not record any of the interviews.2. Failed to review innocence-proving text messages sent by Jane.3. Failed to get records supporting Jane’s claim of medical problems caused by the incident.4. Did not resolve inconsistencies among witness statements. No surprise, based on the investigator’s biased report, the school expelled Matt. He later described it as "one of the worst days of my life." So he filed a lawsuit against the College. Several months later, Judge Elizabeth Wolford ruled in favor of Matt Rolph’s claims of investigative bias. ISN'T OUR LEGAL SYSTEM BASED ON THE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE? Investigators are supposed to conduct investigations that are objective, neutral, and honest. But now, investigators are being told to “Start By Believing" the accuser and use "trauma-informed" and "victim-centered" methods. "Start By Believing" tells investigators to investigate cases from an “initial presumption" of merit, to slant their report to “corroborate the victim’s account,” and to even make sure the sexual encounter does “not look like a consensual sexual experience."  Matt Rolph is just one of the many thousands of Americans who have been victimized by “victim-centered” investigations. Amazingly, the U.S. Department of Justice has spent millions of taxpayer dollars to support "Believe the Victim" programs around the country. DON’T LET ‘BELIEVE THE VICTIM’ HAPPEN TO YOU! TELL ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR TO STOP FUNDING 'BELIEVE THE VICTIM' PROGRAMS.    

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