Special Alert: Please use your voice

In this country, we are lucky to have the right, the responsibility and the freedom to tell our government representitives what we think. There is a very important bill coming up for a vote soon. And it needs your support.

The Child Safety Act of 2005 H.B. 3132. It’s purpose is to protect our children by increasing criminal penalties against convicted child molestors as well as close loopholes in laws that allow child predators to go free. The following article outlines some of the items in the bill:

  • Improves Sex Offender Registration and Notification Program to ensure that sex offenders register, and keep current, where they reside, work and attend school  
  • Improves verification systems for sex offender information by requiring monthly verification, sex offender in-person verification every six months, and regular notarized verification mailings  
  • Requires States to have a uniform, public access sex offender registration website  
  • Creates Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website to search for sex offender information in each community  
  • Expands sex offenders to include juvenile sex offenders  
  • Requires States to notify each other when sex offender moves from one State to another  
  • Expands sex offenses covered by registration and notification requirements to include military, tribal, foreign, sex crimes, and increases duration of registration requirements to protect the public  
  • Expands community notification requirements to include active efforts to inform law enforcement agencies, schools, public housing, social service agencies and volunteer organizations in area where sex offender resides, works or attends school  
  • Creates new criminal penalty of mandatory minimum of 5 years to maximum of 20 years for sex offender who fails to comply with registration requirements  
  • Expands law enforcement use of DNA to solve sex crimes  
  • Prevents and deters violent crimes against children and sexual exploitation of children  
  • Protects foster children from sexual abuse and exploitation  
  • Increases criminal penalties against child sexual predators
  • http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/060222/20060222005778.html?.v=1

    http://www.ezinearticles.com/?The-Child-Safety-Act-of-2005&id=55067

    Please join me in letting your elected officials know how you feel about this bill, and how you want them to vote. And ask that they provide any funding necessary to implement it. You do have a voice, and the children could sure use your support.

    If you wish to follow the progress of this bill, or any other bills being debated, you can use the following links.

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h109-3132

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/subjects.xpd?type=crs&term=Child%20abuse 

    To view the actual act being considered:

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h109-3132

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    Keep him in the house

    Angela Dane called 911 this morning. She reported she had heard someone on the roof. Moments later, her daughter called 911. She was scared. Her father Michael Dane, 38 had pulled out an AK 47 and begun firing. He hit her mother. When law enforcement arrived, they found Angela Dane dead, killed in front of her children ages 13 years and 4 years of age.

    Michael Dane has been arrested, charged with reckless homicide.  Police found traces of cocaine inside the home and removed full grown marijuana plants from the garage.

    http://www.onnnews.com/Global/story.asp?S=4547301

    When I first read this story, my thought was another parent who was filtering normal life through a drug fueled haze, and reacting with a drug altered mind. But then I found another article, and here the Prosecutor is hinting at a motive for the death. And talking about charges being upgraded. Dane has been held on a $100,000 bond. The prosecution says he asked for a million.

    It also explains the reckless homicide charge. The charge is a 3 rd degree felony. That usually means a sentence of 1-5 year prison sentence. That’s not much time for killing the mother of your children, whether it was intentional or a drug fueled reaction.

    As if that isn’t startling enough, they also give the information that while the dispatcher had the little, scared 13 year old on the line, they told her to keep her father in the home. Just what you want. A 13 year old who just saw her mom being shot and killed, responsible for keeping the man who did this in the home with her and her 4 year old sibling.

     http://www.thepost.ohiou.edu/N.php?article=N2&date=022406

    As if life won’t be hard enough for her now. She is old enough to be too aware of what death means. She has lost her mom. She has lost her father, to jail and trial and then probably to prison. Likely she is missing her mom right now. Preparing for her funeral. Worrying about what she and her sibling will do and where they will go. And what will happen to them. And she can’t talk to her father about the loss, she can’t be guided by him. Because she is too aware that he is the reason she lost her mom. She will most likely be dealing with prosecutors and investigators for a while. Then at some point, she will have to get up in front of a room full of people, and tell them what happened. At her father’s trial. Most likely she will understand that after doing so, her father will be sent to prison.

    4 years old. Old enough that some memories of what happened may linger, at least on some level of conciousness. Probably not really sure of what dead means. But scared because of all the noise, the blood. Probably looking for comfort from the mom who isn’t there, and not really sure why not. Dad isn’t there for comfort either. Just lots of strangers. And a sister who is young, scared and most likely crying a lot.

    Some times it takes a stranger to save a child

    Two young children were heard screaming in a motel room on Feb. 14. Someone called the police. When they arrived they found a 6 year old little girl and her 18 month old cousin who had been beaten and burn with cigarettes and a lighter “all over their bodies”. Police have stated there is evidence that the 18 month old was beaten with an iron bar.

    Terrance Jones the security guard who made the call described what he saw:

    “I went into the hallway and saw this little girl who was beaten really bad.” Guests at the inn told jones they heard children screaming from inside one of the rooms. He soon knew why. Jones said she had, “Two black eyes, her lip was busted in and she said she had been burnt in the face, all over the face.”

    Police arrested the little boy’s mother 22 year old Monique Waples and the children’s grandmother, 49 year-old Gloria Patterson. They have been charged with child abuse, cruelty to a child and child molestation.

    The child molestation charge is a result of the police talking with the 6 year old child, who described in “graphic detail” that the grandmother had sex with auntie’s boyfriend in front of them.

    In the room, police found a dog collar and leash. It is thought that they were used to tie the 18 month old up, as he had ligature marks on his neck.

    Police described the group as vagabond’s who were using these children and three others for welfare fraud.

    http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4527945&nav=0qq6

    The boyfriend was located and he has also been charged with cruelty to a child, child abuse and child molestation.

    http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4542044&nav=0qq6

    Many times people think that child abuse or other crimes in the home are none of their business. Thank goodness the guest who notified the management of the motel, and the security guard realized that isn’t true. Children need the support and protection of parents. If parents won’t do that, or if they are the ones who are harming the child- it is up to strangers who come across the children  to step in.

    I just don’t understand sometimes

    David Connors Rust, 56, apoligised to his wife and family in court yesterday. He was convicted of molested his daughter’s 11 year old friend who had stayed overnight at his home. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

    It seems that David Rust violated his own codes. He had evidently written a “code of conduct” for pedofiles and put it on the internet. On his own code of conduct was the rule that you don’t molest family or close friends. Yet he broke his own rule, when he touched his daughter’s friend. He has not been charged, but allegedly he has admitted to some people that he had also molested his daughter.

    After the 11 year old girl told her mother what happened, Rust was confronted, and he said that he “loved her” but not “in a bad way”.

    The day before the trial began, Rust pleaded guilty to 10 misdemeanor counts of possession of child pornography.

    During the trial, Rust’s wife pleaded for lienency for her husband, and she stated that he had also been abused as a child. She asked for treatment for him.      

    I want to quote the judge:

            Superior Court Judge Runston G. Maino said Wednesday that he believes Rust poses an “extreme danger to society” and is “extraordinarily dangerous.”

    “One of the most disturbing things about this case is Mr. Rust’s mental makeup,” Maino said. “Mr. Rust believes sexual contact with children is not necessarily bad.”
    http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/02/24/news/coastal/21_21_102_22_06.txt

    He touched her. He didn’t rape her, he didn’t hurt her. At least not visibly. But it must have disturbed her, because she told her mother. I have seen others like this who say they have never hurt a child. I have even seen them say the child consented. A child cannot consent. Period. No matter if the child consents, no matter if even the parents consent, it is illegal to touch a child. There is a reason for this law. This event has become one of her childhood memories. It will have some effect on how she views authority figues in the future, it may affect future relationships with men, and it will affect her relationships with her own children. The scars are there, they just won’t be visible.

    A child, most often wants to “mind” adults, wants do as asked because they want their parents to love them, and wants their friend’s parents to like them. A touch like this is confusing, and they often don’t have the skills and experience to know what to do when it happens. When he allowed the child to stay in his home, Rust put himself in a position of a temporary parental role with the child, and that by its very nature doesn’t allow the child to refuse his advances. Most of us tell our kids to mind the adults, right?

    Yet the touch was disturbing enough for the girl to tell her mother. That in itself tells us that it made her uncomfortable. And by his own “code of conduct” Rust admitted that he had some idea that it was wrong. He had written that family members and close friends should be left alone. I am not sure what his reasoning was that it was ok for other kids, just not kids who were close to him.

    The part that just amazes me, is the mother. She asks for lienency for him. He has allegedly admitted to some that he has molested her daughter. I don’t know at what point she became aware of that. But she wants him back in her home?

    I just don’t understand sometimes.