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Important Petitions to Fight Abuse

The following petitions have been writtened by a variety of people concerned about the abuse of children in the USA today.  We ask that you review them and signed those you agree with.  While a petition is not a law or even a bill, it is a way of a large number of people to join together and sign that they are concerned for the children and seek change. 
 
Please note that many petitions are made as an attempt at legislation to be made to prevent what happened to that child from happening to another child. 

We, the Undersigned, endorse the following petition:

Protect Protective Parents and their abused children

 U.S.Senate
Sponsor: Defend Children

 

We the undersigned

Demand a child's voice be heard

Demand that a child's best interest and safety takes precedence over
parental rights.


Demand an end to vilification and destroying of Protective Parents, (good nonabusive parents who defend the child)..

Demand parents be allowed to protect their children

Demand a parent cannot lose custody for reporting child abuse

Demand no parent be forced to send that child to be with an abusive person.


Demand that PAS cannot be used as a defense unless it is proven to be a valid in court and that  the defense cannot use it use it against a protective parent unless it has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the protective parent is guilty of it.





 
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Child Abuse Prevention Act
 
3962 Signatures
Category: Children's Rights
Region: United States of America
Target: U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
Description/History:
This petition was inspired by a 4 year old little girl named Summer Phelps. Summer was basically invisible to everyone since she was only 4 and did not attend school.

Summer endured months of horrifying torture and abuse at the hands of her father and stepmother, who were eventually arrested and charged with her murder by abuse. You can learn more about Summer's case by going to these sites:
http://www.myspace.com/summerswish07
http://www.krem.com/news/local/stories/krem2_042607_lytletrial.e90a58b.html
Petition:
We, the undersigned, call on the U.S. Senate and House of Representative to pass a comprehensive Federal Law that would protect children from Child Abuse and would put more restrictive measures on those agencies whose job it is to protect children.

In addition, we propose that further background checks be made on any childcare provider to ensure that they meet the qualifications to have children in their care.

Finally, the following MANDATORY SENTENCES should be applied for anyone found guilty of abusing a child:

*Minimum 10 years for serious injury to a child; no chance of parole

*25 year-life for for injury to a child that results in death of child; no chance for parole.
 
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Evelynn was critically injured when she was beaten by her own father at 11 weeks of age.  Support the maximum sentence for Joshua Cohen.

Maximum Sentencing for Joshua Cohen, Child Abuser

Target:
maximum penalties of abusers of children, friends of Evelynn Biondo

Dear Friends and Family Members,

On June 24th 2007 my precious 10 week old granddaughter Evelynn Marie Biondo was viscously and brutally attacked at the hands of her so called %u201Cfather%u201D when she became fussy because it was time for her to be fed. Her father Joshua Cohen responded by elbowing her off the bed they fell asleep on. Naturally she hit the floor and screamed in pain after hitting her head on the bed post on the way down. Again he chose to punish her with 5 blows to her head. He kicked her to the point of near unconsciousness.  As he picked her up off the floor she began to come to and screamed in pain. This cry for help cost her a normal life forever. That animal shook her for what he admitted to Suffolk County detectives for 30 seconds. That criminal act changed baby Evelynn forever. He shook her until Evelynn went unconscious. Her eyes rolled behind her head and she began to have difficulty breathing. Instead of calling 911 he dressed her and rolled her in her stroller to my daughter%u2019s place of employment. When Alicia saw Evelynn she immediately called 911. When they arrived at the hospital Doctors placed Evelynn on life support and told us she would probably not make it. A spinal tap showed blood in her cerebral spinal fluid. This indicated head trauma. Later that evening Joshua Cohen was placed under arrest after he confessed to the crime. He gave chilling and descriptive accounts of what happened in a cold and matter of fact fashion.

Today Evelynn has a moderate seizure disorder that so far has required 2 surgeries in an attempt to better control them. Her brain has shrunk. Her eyes developed hemorrhages behind them due to blunt force trauma causing severe loss of vision. At only 5 months old now Evelynn's fight to live has only just begun. My sweet innocent granddaughter is at risk for cerebral palsy and will always have a learning disability.  At this time Evelynn has extremely low muscle tone and control. She can%u2019t even hold her head up. All she does is sleep, cry as if she was in pain and barely takes any formula. Our once happy little princess will never be the same. All because she was hungry!!

Over the past few months I have had to watch my daughter struggle while coming to terms with what has happened with her child. I have had to watch an innocent baby struggle just to live. I have seen pain and sadness in both there eyes. My heart bleeds for them and many days the pain I feel for them overwhelms me.

Meanwhile that animal resides in Riverhead Correctional facility on $500,000. Bail or million dollar bond. He gets 3 square meals, recreation, he gets to live, laugh and breathe with out any problems other than being confined. He gets to do, realistically only about 15 years in jail and on good behavior less than that. Meanwhile my poor sweet and innocent Granddaughter has a life sentence of handicaps, surgeries, medications, doctor%u2019s appointments, expenses and is deprived of ever living a normal life.

That God given right was taken away by a so called %u201Cman%u201D who deserves a more suitable punishment than only 15 years or less.

Unfortunately cases such as this one has become more and more prevalent. Many times results are actually worse. Sometimes a child is brutally killed.

Two things that could stop these senseless crimes are education and tougher laws.

This petition is to ask our law makers to make it mandatory for people like Joshua Cohen to serve a mandatory 25 year sentence with no chance of bail or early parole. If you kill a child that same sentence increases to 35 years imprisonment%u2026.


PLEASE SIGN AND PRINT YOUR NAME TO HELP PASS EVELYNNS LAW.

WE HAVE THE POWER TO STOP CHILD ABUSE ONCE AND FOR ALL. LET%u2019S GET THIS DONE BEFORE CHILD ABUSE EFFECTS YOUR FAMILY.


                                                                     Kindest Regards,

                                                                   Anthony R. Biondo



WWW.EVELYNNMARIEBIONDO.COM

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For all the Johanna's
 
My daughter JoHanna was 7 years old when her father started molesting her, and was 13 when she finally reported the abuse. JoHanna turned 15 today. We had a semi-positive outcome, but the whole ordeal was a judicial nightmare, and unfair to JoHanna. The case was at risk
from the beginning, and my daughter was continually victimized by the defendant, as well as victimized by the system that is in place to protect her. Even though the defendant is innocent until proven guilty, JoHanna is still the victim and should have been treated as such. JoHanna should have had maximum protection against the perpetrator (defendant) during investigation, indictment, trial phase, and finally settlement, and have the right to a speedy trial as afforded to the defendant.
We all knew that what Lloyd did was wrong, and something had to be done, but the nightmare that ensued after the charges were filed many times had JoHanna in tears wondering if pursuing was even worth the risk. We quickly learned that the laws that are intact do nothing when it comes to protecting JoHanna's rights afforded to her by the words of Alexander Hamilton in the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. JoHanna's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness should include all matters at all times, and one the justice system should do everything in their power to uphold and honor.
I understand that once allegations of this magnitude are brought forth, that life as we know ceases. What I don't understand is how the defendant can endlessly have all the rights of liberty even when he is infringing on our rights of safety and the protection it should guarantee? From the time the investigation started until he was sentenced and taken away, Lloyd Parks called, assaulted, stalked, and wrote JoHanna, causing her to continually look over her shoulder in the midst of trying to lead a normal teenage life. I had filed for divorce one week before the allegations were brought forth, so I was unable to get a protective order. This left us totally and utterly unprotected. Because the case was transferred to three different courts in the 16 months it took us to bring this to fruition, not one assistant district assigned to the case knew anything about Lloyd's previous infractions. What should have transpired is that each citing, each reprimand, and each transcript should have gone with the file and immediately reviewed. I can't understand how a system can properly prosecute the defendant, and hold him accountable as well and not care what has transpired during the course of the investigation, arrest, and subsequent preparation for trial.
After Lloyd Parks was arrested on March 21, 2006, and released on $150,000 bond five weeks later, things only grew worse. Every time we got transferred to another court, each new court brought a new Assistant District Attorney, who was unprepared and unaware of what had previously transpired. They were unable to prosecute infractions fairly because they had no knowledge of any previous proceedings. Each time Lloyd was not held accountable, JoHanna's paranoia increased.
Lloyd violated his curfew restriction 17 times. He continually came within his 100 yard limit, and intimidated the situation he controlled by sitting, stalking, and watching. He came on our property and lured JoHanna outside, and assaulted her twice. He physically came to my property at 1:30am at the end of March (6 weeks before final trial setting) and yelled at JoHanna from outside her window. It was this incident that the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department Detective told me point blank that they could not arrest Lloyd Parks on the spot, even if they were called and confronted him face to face.
JoHanna told me many times that she wished I had never told the police. That I should have just kept quiet. Even though we all knew that the silence had to be broken, we also knew that without some kind of a conviction we had no recourse in the future. If Lloyd Parks was not convicted, then we lost the chance to block any attempts at unsupervised visitation with his kids. Something needs to be done, for the rights of immediate protection for the victim of a felony criminal act caused by another person. Never should anyone be continually and flagrantly violated by the perpetrator/defendant. What I am asking for is simple; in fact, it is already in place and handed to every victim of a crime. According to the 950.04 basic Bill of Rights for Victims and Witnesses, we have the right:
To exercise our rights of freedom of speech to complain about the treatment of crime victims, and to request review by the crime victims rights board of the complaint. I would also like my right to a speedy disposition of the case in which I am involved in as the victim enforced, in order to minimize the length of time we must endure the stress. I also would like our right to provide statements concerning sentencing, disposition or parole, and the right to provide information pertaining to the hardships this has had on my family. And last, but not least, I ask that you mandate stricter sentencing for convicted sexual predators. For those molesters' whose charges stem from molestation occurring over years I would like to see a two for one rule enacted, which would give the perpetrator two years for every one year he molested.

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Baby James' Law
Published by Renee Hutchinson on May 09, 2007
Category: Law Reform
Region: United States of America
Target: Child Abuse
Description/History:
Children are placed back into the hands of their abuser to only end up being abused again, or worse, deceased. These abusers have more children, walk our streets, become babysitters, sometimes teachers and coaches, generally remaining a presence in our communities and in the lives of our young people.



James' Law
Category: Law Reform
Region: United States of America
Target: Child Abuse
Description/History:
Children are placed back into the hands of their abuser to only end up being abused again, or worse, deceased. These abusers have more children, walk our streets, become babysitters, sometimes teachers and coaches, generally remaining a presence in our communities and in the lives of our young people.
Petition:
The new law will state that if a person has had two physicians or psychiatrists who have indicated they are mentally unable to care for a child, they are not allowed to parent more children. They will have their own child removed from their home, and are never able to have them returned.

These evaluations need to be done within a month apart and clarify why this person is not capable of taking care of a child. A criminal court and a jury by the individual’s peers will then review the case and make the final decision.

When an abuser has been found guilty for abuse they are then forced to register for life, and are never able to be left alone with a child under the age of 18 years.

A child abuser found guilty serves minimum of 10 years for a child case not deceased, 25 years for a child case that has permanent physical damage, and 50 years for a child case that involves death of a child. In none of these cases is there a possibility of parole.

A child abuser found guilty never is allowed access to a computer hooked up to internet access.

A child abuser that has been found guilty must not reside within 500 feet of a park, daycare facility, school, or any functions involving children, and at no time should they go to these places for visiting purposes.

The abuser that is found guilty will receive mental evaluation as well as a weekly counseling appointment that MUST be kept.

In the event where a person or persons witnesses a child abuse case and does not report it to the authorities within 8 hours of the incident they can be convicted of 5 years with no possibility of parole.

The term Abuser shall include and not limited to the following: a person whom has caused physical, sexual, mental harm, to one or more children under there care and under the age of 18years. Abuser shall also constitute, neglect or subjecting the child to drug or alcohol use.

The Baby James' Law petition to Child Abuse was written by Renee Hutchinson and is hosted free of charge at GoPetition.

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Support Oscar's Law

Target:
Federal Legislators
Created by:

On February 18, 2007, in San Jose, CA, a beautiful and precocious 6-year-old boy, Oscar Jimenez Jr., was brutally murdered by his mothers boyfriend, Samuel Corona.  After his death, Corona took little Oscars body to Arizona where he buried him in a make-shift grave and covered it with cement.

Unfortunately, the tragedy and the horror does not end there.  The man responsible for stomping this little boy, nicknamed 4x4 by his father because he liked to climb things, to death has a long criminal history for domestic violence against several women.  It was not a matter of if he would kill someone; it was only a matter of when and who. 

Even Coronas former mother-in-law said in a recent news article that she knew this would happen%u2026It was just a matter of time.  In fact, the only time Corona was not in trouble with the law was during the times he was incarcerated for other offenses.

In 2002, Corona attacked his estranged wife as she tried to leave him, despite her having a restraining order against him.  When three officers arrived on the scene, he turned his anger on them.  He shattered a window of a police cruiser, kicked one officer in the chest while trying to escape, and spit on two more officers.  He was convicted of felony aggravated assault and sentenced to two years in prison.

While out on bail for his attack on the officers, he kicked in the door of his estranged wife and beat her severely.  What is unconscionable is that for this offense, he was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and sentenced to probation.

How a man who had already been convicted of felony assault on the same woman and three police officers was only charged with a misdemeanor and given probation is unfathomable. 

In 2006, when his probation was revoked, he went on the run.  It was then that he met Oscars mother and became a part of their lives.

According to witness statements and court records, Corona renewed his pattern of abuse.  He maintained his power over these women by threatening their lives and the lives of their children.  He would not allow contact with their family members.  He would not allow them to shower unless he was in the bathroom with them.  He would threaten the lives and welfare of the children to maintain control over the women.

The justice system failed little Oscar and his family.  The justice system failed his first wife and her family.  The justice system has failed every woman this monster has ever been involved with. 

He never should have been given probation after being convicted of the exact same crime.  He should have never been charged with misdemeanor assault when the assault occurred while there was a valid restraining order on record.  In fact, his bail should have been immediately revoked and he should have been held without bond after showing the courts that nothing would stop his reign of terror on his ex-wife. 

He should never have been able to become a part of Oscar Jr.s life because he should have been in prison.

To many times we hear about cases similar to this happening.  It is time that we put a stop to this.  For this reason, we are asking that you pass Oscars Law.

Oscars Law would change the current laws in several ways that would help protect future victims of domestic violence and child abuse:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->1)      <!--[endif]-->Violation of a restraining order that results in the resumed violence against those protected by the order %u2013 whether through physical violence, verbal threats, written threats, and/or stalking %u2013 would become punishable by no less than ten (10) years behind bars.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2)      <!--[endif]-->Any violation of a restraining order while bail is in effect would result in the immediate revocation of the offenders bail.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->3)      <!--[endif]-->Threatening a childs life or welfare %u2013 even if no physical violence occurs against the child -- during the course of a domestic dispute as a method of controlling the other party would result in an enhancement that would add an additional five (5) years to the offenders sentence if convicted.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->4)      <!--[endif]-->Subsequent charges of violence against a spouse or significant other would automatically be elevated to a felony.  This would include any future spouses or significant others as well as the original complainant.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->5)      <!--[endif]-->Those arrested for the killing of a child through the course of a domestic dispute would be charged with a capital crime which would be punishable by no less than life in prison without the possibility of parole.

If our justice system had worked the way it should have, Corona would have been in prison long before he met little Oscar.  As tragic as his death is, we should take this opportunity to help ensure that it does not happen again.  It is time that we start getting rid of the loop-holes that allow judges to give monsters like Corona a slap-on-the-wrist.

That is why we are all in support of passing Oscars Law. 

We the undersigned are heart-broken by the inexcusable death of 6-year-old Oscar Jimenez Jr. at the hands of a man who had a history of domestic violence and should have been in prison. 

That is why we are asking you to support the passage of "Oscar's Law".  With it, we hope to close some of the loopholes that allowed this man the opportunity to meet Oscar's mother and to come into his life.

We understand that the law is not perfect.  However, that does not mean that we should sit back and wait for this to happen to someone else's baby.  It is our duty, as citizens of this country, to change the system when we see that it is not working the way it should.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and we hope that you will support "Oscar's Law".

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Joshua's Law
 
 
Category: Children's Rights
Region: United States of America
Target: Child Abuse Prevention
Description/History:
My son Joshua was shaken 10 - 15 times on January 1st 2006. He has suffered severe permanent brain injury; everything except his brain stem was permanently damaged. He had two front sub-dural hematomias, and an old bleeding the back of his brain. He also suffered a skull fracture, and severe retinal bleeding. The retinal bleeding was so severe that Josh is now only able to see shadows.

A feeding tube had to be surgically placed into his belly, due to the injury leaving him unable to coordinate swallowing with breathing. Joshua also ended up having two Craniotomies, and needed a Ventricular shunt placed into his head. The shunt is a tube with a one way valve that drains all reoccurring extra fluid from his head into his bladder so he can urinate it out. This way he doesn’t need to have doctors continuously going into his head, and giving him opportunities to get infections. Joshua’s overall prognosis is grim, doctors predict that he will keep getting ill due to his weak immune system, and will never live beyond his twentieth birthday. No Mother should have to look at her child and know that her days with him are numbered. Joshua was injured on January first 2006; it’s now fifteen months later and he is eighteen months old. He was recently evaluated to be at a two-three month developmental level.

He cannot hold up his own head, sit, roll over, stand, walk, talk, or see anything more than shadows. Doctor suspect that Joshua will be frozen at this level and may not develop any farther. Even though Joshua didn’t die, he was still robbed of his life. He has lost the chance to enjoy playing with his sister and brother. I don’t get to tuck my baby in at night, because he needs 24 hour nursing care and has to live in a nursing facility. He will never be able to speak, I will never hear him say “I love you mom”. I will never get the chance to see him get married, and he will never have the joy of having children. He has also been robbed time for nurturing; I can not play with my baby.

He can not grow up in a loving home; instead he has to grow up with nurses and doctors. Suffering trying to do the simple things, like picking up his arms, and holding things. No mother should ever have to see her child on a respirator, evaluate her child’s quality of life, make a decision to sign a Do Not Resuscitate document, or have their child be given last rights for an injury that could have been prevented.

This is way I'm proposing "Joshua's Law." Joshua's Law would make all convicted child abusers become nationally registered. We have a right to know who is safe around our children and who is not!
Petition:
Their is currently no law that states child abusers have to be nationally registered. Please help me make Joshua's Law a reality. How would you feel if your child was shaken to death and someone came up to you and said "I know how you feel, he / she shook my baby too."

We urge Congress to pass this law as soon as possible.
 
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