Please look at the petition... Trying to reach 1,000
I have also contact Bill Gates to get some info on starting a non-profit organization.
Cierra's Law; Providing victims of parental child abuse with financial support.
I propose that upon conviction and sentencing of a parent that turned their own child/children into victims, an amount is set for that offender to pay as restitution to the victim and family. The cost of raising a child is approximately $150,000. All children need and deserve financial support. When these children are turned to victims they are not only left behind; They are being left out.
The amount of restitution needs to be based on the age of the child and the extent of abuse inflicted upon the child.
The offenders of this nature need to be placed in a special work program that will allow them the ability to pay as much as possible
toward the restitution.
When a parent is incarcerated for abusing their own child the victim is left to function in this world carrying the scars of trauma inflicted upon them by that parent.
The offender is given to incarceration where he/she will receive three meals a day, a bed to sleep, clothing, health care, dental care, an education, leisure activities, counseling, and any other service deemed as necessary. The program the offender receives is set up to ensure he/she will obtain all services.
The victims and families, on the other hand, are expected to get the services while maintaining performances at school, work, home, and in the community. The primary caregiver is expected to hold this family together while providing for them as well. When children are traumatized they will suffer from an array of emotional disturbances that therapy does not fix quickly enough for the family to function. The caregiver will be faced with several family-work conflicts among finding the time to provide the much needed therapy for the victim and family.
I am sure the legal system is not fully aware of these resultant effects that are, as of now, set up to care for the offender and drop the victim and family. This is happening to our future. We protect them by locking up the offender and then expect them to pick up and move on with no support.
Why is it our business to try and make a change? Let's take a look at the long term effects of parental abuse. We are once again talking about our future. These little victims will become an active part of society. This is our America! If you look at the numbers of prostitutes, alcoholics, drug addicts, murders, prisoners, rapists, robbers, abusive parents, and even women that stay in abusive relationships you will see that most of them were victims of abuse and neglect as children. (Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services; ChildHelp 2006), finds that:
80% of young children that had been abused met
- the diagnostic criteria for at least one psychiatric
disorder at the age of 21 (including depression,
anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic
- Abused children are 25% more likely to
experience teen pregnancy
- Children who experience child abuse and neglect
are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile,
28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and
30% more likely to commit a violent crime
- Nearly 2/3's of the people in treatment for
drug abuse reported being abused as children.
- 36.7% of all women in prison and 14.4% of
all men in prison in the United States were
abused as children
- One third of abused and neglected children
will later abuse their own children, continuing
the horrible cycle of abuse
These victims will become an active part of our society. When we provide financial stability and wrap around services (as the offenders receive) these victims will stand a chance to become a positive force in our society; they can learn to be survivors and thrive on life. They will stand a chance to learn how to give back. Without these services they stand more of chance of taking from our society by drug addiction, welfare, mental illnesses, prostitution, breaking laws, and simply lacking the ability to hold a job and stable life.
Just how many little Americans do you think live a life of abuse and neglect?
(Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services; ChildHelp 2006), finds that:
In 2003, there were 906,000
child abuse convictions
- 1,500 children die every year from
- Of the reported rapes of children
under the age of 12 years old, 90%
of the victims knew their perpetrator
Our children have a right to recover, heal, and grow to be happy people. Our society could only benefit from this type of law. It is a no loose law. Our children and families receive what they deserve to heal and America reaps the benefits of healthier citizens that were once abused children. We, the citizens of America, must pass a law to provide financial and community support in order to change the current, resultant effects of parental incarceration caused by parental child abuse. This is America, Our America!