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Help families of murdered children pass Curtis’s Law
I will never forget the day those policeman came to my door to tell my that my son Curtis was dead. Your world is immediately flipped upside down and the pain grips you like nothing else you can imagine. After the initial shock wears off, you want answers. As a parent, you need basic answers. Answers to questions like: Who is investigating my child’s case, and where are their belongings? As if the pain of losing my child wasn’t enough, I had to take on the additional stress and frustration of attempting to pry these very basic details out of the law enforcement agency investigating my son’s death. In Florida, law enforcement agencies are not required to release any information about on-going murder investigations to anyone. My son’s investigation has been on-going for almost 20 years now. I had to get a lawyer to simply find out who was working on my son’s case! I would later learn that my experience was not unique. Other parents were struggling through the same process. Those who can’t afford legal counsel often give up. This is why I am working with other parents of murdered children to create a law in Florida that would require law enforcement agencies to send a letter to the parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin within 30 days of notifying them of their child’s death. The letter would include information about: Onsite police and paramedics, assigned investigators, coroner’s name, where child’s property and belongings are stored, and any available photos This would NOT be required if the child’s parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin is a suspect or person-of-interest in the child’s murder investigation. When a family faces the unthinkable, all they want is some type of closure. They shouldn’t have to spend weeks or months, or even retain legal counsel to get the basic information about their child’s case that can help our families begin to heal. Please sign this petition today and help families like mine pass Curtis’s Law today.
Stop 32,800 PA kids being sexually abused in 2017 #onetoomany
The details horrified the nation. Over fifty Clergy members were involved. Hundreds of children were abused. Some were drugged. Some were made to wait in line, forced to watch the children in front of them be abused, knowing their turn was coming. The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report about the sexual abuse within the Johnstown-Altoona diocese was shocking. But perhaps the most shocking part is that none of the identified victims can get their day in court. None of those sexually abusive clergy are going to spend a day behind bars. They can still get jobs with children. They can still babysit. And legally, they are still not sex offenders.That’s because none of the victims reported the crime before Pennsylvania’s Statute of Limitations kept them from the courtrooms. Here are some facts: Currently 1 in 5 (22%) children are sexually abused (Source CDC)  It takes survivors an average of 21 years before they can disclose their abuse  Only 1 in 10 (10%) of people who sexually abuse children will see a day behind bars Because they are protected by Pennsylvania State laws called Statutes of Limitations.Statutes of Limitation for child sexual abuse protect sexual predators and endanger children. Based on the CDC’s research, 32,800 children will be sexually abused in Pennsylvania this year. That’s unacceptable.Please, sign this petition and tell our legislators to eliminate the Statute of Limitations for child sexual abuse. Tell them that children deserve protection, and sex offenders deserve punishment. Citations:Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Vincent J Felitti MD, FACPA, , Robert F Anda MD, MSB, Dale Nordenberg MDC, David F Williamson MS, PhDB, Alison M Spitz MS, MPHB, Valerie Edwards BAB, Mary P Koss PhDD, James S Marks MD, MPHBDisclosure of Child Sexual Abuse Among Male Survivors” by Scott D. Easton, December of 2013 Clinical Social Work JournalRobert Baker of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, Massachusetts Office of Public Safety. 2008. Read the report from Attorney General Support our New York State Petition Visit our website Click below to sign the NJ Petition https://www.change.org/p/sol-elimination-window-legislation/c/637726757?recruiter=10507633&utm_source=comment_share&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=facebook_link