ISSUES

Following are several issues we must resolve in order to stop abusers, protect victims and dramatically reduce the family violence crime epidemic:

 

Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)/Shaken Baby Syndrome

AHT is the number one cause of death and most common form of child abuse in infants. Also called Shaken Baby Syndrome, we can prevent every one of these deaths and brain injuries by teaching young, inexperienced parents and child care providers that crying is a normal stage of child development and that they should never shake their crying babies.

SEE OUR CAMPAIGN:  STOP AHT/SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME

Bullying:

 

Campus Sexual Assault:

1 in 5 college women are sexually assaulted before they graduate, according to numerous studies. We must punish sexual abusers and better educate women how to protect themselves. Colleges and universities must stop keeping sexual assaults secret to prevent damaging the reputation of their schools. Sexual assaults must be handled by law enforcement and not by student/faculty committees.

Child Abuse:

Child abuse is a national epidemic rarely mentioned by our elected leaders. We must elevate it as a major issue through educational campaigns and by educating political candidates and elected officials. We can bring it to an end by teaching young and inexperienced parents how to properly raise children, by teaching children how to speak out when they are being harmed and by ensuring child abuse victims get the help they need so they can break the cycle of abuse.

SEE OUR INITIATIVE: END CHILD ABUSE

Child Neglect:

Two-thirds of children are removed from homes due to neglect – the failure of parents to provide for basic necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. Since studies show these children are far more likely to be physically and sexually abused in foster care, children would be much safer if we would provide poor parents with financial help rather than placing the children with and giving the money to foster parents.

Child Protective Services (CPS)

CPS workers nationwide are overwhelmed, underpaid and under trained to deal with the child abuse epidemic. To properly protect the millions of abused and neglected children, our state legislatures must dramatically increase CPS funding, increase salaries, appoint better leadership, hire better-qualified staff and provide better training.

SEE OUR INITIATIVE: FIX TEXAS’ BROKEN FOSTER CARE/CPS SYSTEM

Child Sex Trafficking

It’s estimated that 100,000 children and teens are bought, sold and rented every year in the U.S. by men and women who force them to perform sexual acts against their will for monetary gain. We can end it by stopping the use, distribution and production of porn, plus by re-framing the issue as one of abuse and exploitation of children, rather than one of teenage prostitution.

Child Sexual Abuse

The silent epidemic of child sexual abuse has been hidden for too long. We can dramatically reduce child sexual abuse by passing and implementing Erin’s Law in every state, which mandates that public schools teach children, teachers and staff how to report sexual abuse. We should encourage private schools and daycare centers to do the same.

SEE OUR INITIATIVE: CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE EDUCATION INITIATIVE

Crime Victim Compensation

Many crime victims are not aware that compensation from federal VOCA funds and states is available to help them pay for rent, relocation, healthcare, legal and other expenses related to crimes committed against them. We need to ensure victims are informed how to apply for rapid reimbursement.

Date Rape Drugs

Rapists and sex traffickers put illegal drugs such as Rohypnol in the drinks of females and in marijuana to temporarily knock them out and leave them defenseless. They also provide them with large amounts of alcoholic drinks so they will pass out. We must stop the flow of drugs, severely punish those who do this and teach females never to accept a drink or joint from anyone.

Dating Violence

One in three teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. Few ever report it and most parents don’t realize it. We must teach young men that it’s wrong and empower young women never to accept such behavior. Education is the key.

Domestic Violence: 

One in three women have been physically and/or sexually abused by their husbands, boyfriends and exes. Too many men have also been abused. Because the vast majority of abusers were abused, neglected and/or abandoned as children, we can dramatically reduce domestic violence by ending child abuse and ensuring abused and neglected children get the help they need to overcome their fears, rage and desire for revenge.

Drug/Alcohol Abuse

Tens of thousands of children are removed from homes annually because they are neglected and abused by parents who are hooked on prescription drugs – such as pain killers – and less expensive illegal drugs, such as heroin. Studies show that offering treatment to non-violent drug abusers is far more effective and less expensive than jailing them. By helping parents to overcome their addictions, thousands of children and parents can be reunited.

Economy

Research reveals that increased stress caused by financial problems often results in family violence. A strong economy with millions of jobs will help prevent child abuse/neglect.

Early Childhood Education

Children from homes where neglect and abuse occurs generally enter school unprepared to succeed. These children quickly fall further and further behind. Quality early education programs, such as Head Start,  are highly successful for preparing children for school, especially from homes where parents are notvdoing so. We must promote Head Start since it is highly successful and also offers comprehensive services to help children and their families.

Erin’s Law

Every state should pass Erin’s Law, which mandates that all public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program to teach all preK-12 grade students how to tell a trusted adult if they are being sexually abused.

SEE OUR CAMPAIGN: PREVENT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE – PASS ERIN’S LAW IN 22 MORE STATES

Foster Care

Foster care is failing too many children. Long term studies show that most children are safer with their own parents and family members in their home school districts than with foster parents. Since the vast majority of children are only removed because the parents can’t afford to properly feed and clothe them, we should provide financial and educational assistance to the parents. Those who must be removed should be placed with relatives who live in or close to their school district so the children can continue to attend school there and maintain as much stability as possible.

SEE OUR INITIATIVE: FIX TEXAS’ BROKEN FOSTER CARE/CPS SYSTEM

Gun Violence

Although guns are frequently the weapon of choice used by family violence crime perpetrators to harm their victims, they also use many other weapons – including their fists, knives and fire. Since guns are legal for self-defense, and law enforcement across the nation encourage us to learn to protect ourselves until police arrive, we believe that adults who learn to use guns and other forms of self-defense can better protect themselves. 

Home Visiting Programs

Long term studies prove that when trained nurses and social workers regularly visit the homes of young and inexperienced parents to teach them how to properly raise infants, there is far less child abuse and neglect. Inexpensive home visiting programs, such as Nurse-Family Partnership, must be made available and better promoted so more young parents will sign up.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery — a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20 million people around the world. From the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, to the man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will. All trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom.

Jenna’s Law

Texas passed the first law in the nation in 2009 mandating that all public schools and daycare centers offer programs which teach techniques to children and staff how to properly report child sexual abuse. Called Jenna’s Law, it was named after childhood sexual abuse survivor Jenna Quinn. The law must be better understood across the state because few school districts and daycare centers are implementing it.

SEE OUR INITIATIVE: PREVENT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN TEXAS

Jobs

Research reveals that increased stress caused by financial problems often results in family violence. A strong economy with millions of jobs will help prevent child abuse/neglect.

Mental Health

 

 

Military PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Far too many veterans suffer from PTSD, which leads them to have nightmares and flashbacks; feelings of depression, anxiety or guilt; and lose their sense of control – often resulting in family violence. Veterans deserve the best treatment our grateful nation can offer to help them cope with and overcome what they experienced.

Military Sexual Assault:

Service men and women are being sexually assaulted by their colleagues in record numbers. Only 1 in 10 victims report sexual assaults because they fear that either nothing will be done by their commander or, worse yet, that the victim will be retaliated against. A recent study found that service members who reported a sexual assault were 12 times more likely to suffer retaliation than see their offender get convicted for a sex offense. We can solve this problem by having civilian law enforcement prosecute these cases, rather than relying on military courts.

Parenting Classes

The vast majority of abused and neglected children live in homes with inexperienced parents who were raised as abused and neglected children. Research reveals parenting classes help these young parents to break the cycle.

SEE OUR INITIATIVE: STARTING PARENTING CLASSES IN ROCKWALL COUNTY TX

Rape/Sexual Assaults:

Only 2 percent of sex offenders will ever spend a night in jail. That’s largely because two-thirds of sexual assaults are never reported and it’s often so hard to prove. By ending the backlog of tens of thousands of rape kits that have been collecting dust on the shelves of police departments and crime labs for years, thousands of rapists can be brought to justice. 80% of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows.

Rape Kit Backlog

The federal government estimates that hundreds of thousands of rape kits have been collecting dust on the shelves of police departments and crime lab storage facilities for years. Processing the DNA in those kits will reveal the names of thousands of unknown assailants and confirm the presence of known suspects. The kits can also confirm the accounts of victims, connect suspects to other crimes exonerate innocent suspects and prevent countless more sexual assaults.

SEE OUR CAMPAIGN: END THE RAPE KIT BACKLOG

Religion

Far too many religious leaders tell abused women that divorce is wrong and to stay with their abusive partners. We must educate religious leaders how dangerous this counsel is.

Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)

AHT is the number one cause of death and most common form of child abuse in infants. We can prevent every one of these deaths and brain injuries by teaching young and inexperienced parents that crying is a normal stage of child development and to never shake their crying babies.

SEE OUR CAMPAIGN:  STOP AHT/SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME

Teen Pregnancy

Far too many teens are becoming pregnant and giving birth to babies before they are mentally and emotionally prepared to mother children.  Children born to teens are far more likely to have problems, grow up in poverty, plus suffer abuse and neglect. We must ensure teens are properly educated to reduce teen pregnancies and encourage them to put their babies up for adoption to give them a much better chance in life

Unemployment

Research reveals that increased stress caused by financial problems often results in family violence. A strong economy with millions of jobs will help prevent child abuse/neglect.

Women’s Rights

Since women are the primary victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, we must ensure that they are treated fairly, protected properly and receive equal pay for equal work. Mothers must be represented and treated fairly in divorce courts so children are not placed with abusive fathers.

Women’s Shelters

Too many women and children are being turned away from women’s shelters. Most are always full. Dozens more women’s shelters must be built and expanded so abuse victims can find safety.

SEE OUR CAMPAIGN: BUILD MORE WOMENS SHELTERS IN DALLAS

 

 

 

Abusive Head Trauma

Abusive Head Trauma

Bullying

Bullying

Campus Sexual Assault

Campus Sexual Assault

Child Neglect

Child Neglect

Child Protective Services (CPS)

Child Protective Services (CPS)

Child Sex Trafficking

Child Sex Trafficking

Child Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse

Crime Victim Compensation

Crime Victim Compensation

Drug/Alcohol Abuse

Drug/Alcohol Abuse

Early Childhood Education Programs

Early Childhood Education Programs

Economy

Economy

Erin

Erin's Law

Foster Care

Foster Care

Gun Violence

Gun Violence

Homeless

Homeless

Homeless Shelters

Homeless Shelters

Home Visiting Programs

Home Visiting Programs

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

Jenna

Jenna's Law

Jobs

Jobs

Mental Health

Mental Health

Military Sexual Assault

Military Sexual Assault

Parenting Classes

Parenting Classes

Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)

Rape

Rape

Rape Kit Backlog

Rape Kit Backlog

Religion

Religion

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Teen Pregnancy

Teen Pregnancy

Unemployment

Unemployment

Women

Women's Issues

Women

Women's Shelters