UPDATE: This petition must get 100,000 signatures by December 24th of this year! Boost this as much as you possibly can and make sure to sign!
In 31 states, rapists are allowed to sue victims they’ve impregnated for custody rights.
There’s a case in Boston, MA right now in which a rapist is taking advantage of this. He pleaded guilty of rape in 2011 and was sentenced to 16 years probation; however, this sentence includes 16 years of family court as well, which the victim must also attend. He’s using this to sue for joint custody of her child and will only withdraw his law suit if he is free from paying any form of child support. This entire sentence seems like much more of a punishment for the victim than it is for the rapist, and for the state to allow such a thing, the victim is suing.
As stated in the court complaint, “Even if the family court ruled in the [victim]’s favor on issues currently in dispute, such as whether the criminal defendant should be granted visitation rights to [her] child, [she] will suffer harm from the constant threat of new issues arising in family court until her child reaches adulthood, including, for example, efforts by the criminal defendant to seek to modify child support orders and enforce his parental rights at the trial court level and on appeal.”
If this woman is forced to attend 16 years of family court with her rapist, she is not only forced to confront a traumatic event that she should never have to deal with again, but she is subjected to the possibility of losing pieces of her child to him over and over again for all of those years. In addition to this constant state of fear and anguish she would face, just by being sent to something considered ‘family’ court—for her and her rapist—she’s being disrespected and her rape undermined by even the suggestion that this is a family situation. By doing this, the law is making felony into family.
In 31 states, rapists are actually given rights instead of having much of anything taken away. In being given these rights, they are being given the chance to further torment the woman and possibly abuse the child. It is not okay to reward rapists and further punish victims, and the ignorance of rape and how our justice system is handling it needs to turn around.
Please sign this petition to ban rapists from being able to sue for custody rights. This issue is so little known, yet so important, and I don’t know any better way of trying to make this change.
HOW ARE THERE LESS THAN A HUNDRED SIGNATURES!?!!
There are only 600 signatures. Even if this doesn’t affect anything, at least we can prove that there are people in this world that understand that this is wrong, that regular people know this is unacceptable. Maybe if we show there’s enough of us it’ll mean something to someone, if only cause they want our vote.
yeah locking this down federally would be a really good thing.
Guys, there’s only 19 days left to get over 98,000 signatures. We can get signatures to petition for a Death Star but we can’t get enough to petition our federal government to stop letting rapists continually force themselves into the lives of their victims in a court of law?
Perhaps TPTB are doing its best to eliminate DESTIEL in every sense imaginable
but Jensen and Misha’s rship’s getting intense as fuck by the day… and it goes to show…
all the stares, smirks, seductive looks, winks, checking out, blatant flirting…
it’s so not what it used to be once…it’s not the innocent unsure,fascinated admiring, staring……nope. now it’s a BLATANT FLIRTING with smirks and touches and seductive, suggestive winks and stroking objects and shit like that…
Guys i’m sorry but that ain’t Destiel… That’s why the lines don’t fit.. there is no destiel or if there is any of it left it’s being rapidly eliminated…
And yet Jen and Mish are having a cockles fest, going full on…and nobody can stop that one, apparently…
I mean guys, they got incredibly obvious ever since the season 8, something must’ve happened during season 8 cuz they kept being all over each other, remember Jensen uh, well, asking for /Misha’s/ popsicle????
i mean, whoa….
and everything that’s been there ever since…during the season 9 i mean….destiel’s being ruined yet Mish and Jen are on a cloud nine, behaving like lovestruck teenagers not being able to or unwilling to be a little dicreet about their huge crush……like, Jensen going as far as using Jared’s/Cliff’s twitter to be able to tease Misha, //adding winking smileys// …whoa there, JEn, back in high school? :)))
or Misha “accidentally” tweeting tumblr post about JENSEN AND MISHA’S EPIC LOVE STORY i mean, guys!!!!
or remember when
Jensen bursting into a laughter, hiding his face or adjusting his pants just cuz Misha appears
or the ass grab?
or being a couple, Jensen "brighting up visibly when Misha shows up on set"
or the romantic ‘we’re-a-couple’ hug????
Something’s up……COCKLES intensifies significantly…more and faster than ever before…
They seriously are behaving like an actual couple these days…to a point where they lose their cool while playing Dean and Cas and eventually Cas/Dean end up in situations they’ve never found themselves in before…their lines might be anti-destiel but their bodies are ruining the destiel elimination….crazy…
Really guys…there is something shady about these two…
but can we talk about how jensen “tweeted” misha like twice to make fun of him about something and misha ignored him both times like he was talking to stephen amell and osric and ORLANDO JONES but he just did not have the time for jensen’s pigtail pulling at all