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Sexual Assault

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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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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 reintroduce legislation that reforms 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. 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!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/For 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
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