A petition to The Congress of the United States of America
Contested custody cases are often mishandled. They make up 15% of overall divorce cases, and that’s a lot of children. This exposes children who have already been abused to further damaging trauma.
Today many court professionals have been miss trained to be highly skeptical of reports of domestic violence and child abuse in divorce cases. As a result, children are being taken from safe parents and forced by courts to live in the homes where they report being beaten and raped.
Research shows that when batterers request custody, 7 times out of 10 they receive it.
When children report sexual abuse in custody cases more than 9 out of 10 of them are placed in the partial or full custody of their identified perpetrators.
The children are doubly harmed because the critical attachment to their primary caregiver is also broken.
Billions of our taxpayer dollars are wasted needlessly every year when our children are exposed to more abuse. The outcome is always great suffering for these children but as we all know it can also lead to their deaths.
The Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence estimates that 58,000 children are injured each year in this manner. In less that two years a total of 175 children have been killed by their abusers.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) found that the failure of the United States to adequately organize its state structure to protect children was not just discriminatory but also constituted a violation to their right to life.
One recommendation by IACHR is “to adopt multifaceted legislation at the federal and state levels, or reform existing legislation, including protection measures for children in the context of domestic violence. The inter-American system has affirmed for many years that it is not the formal existence of such remedies that demonstrates due diligence, but rather that they are available and effective.
Today they are not.
After hearing testimony on the abject failure of family and divorce courts to keep our children safe Congressman John Conyers was appalled. He later wrote:
At the Congressional briefing, as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, I, John Conyers, called for an oversight hearing to assess where we are in our work on the impact of domestic violence on children, and what more can be done.”
The United States must be proactive in ensuring the physical and sexual safety of abused children of divorce and separation. We demand Congress hold oversight hearings on this matter.
Please sign this petition and share it with your friends. It’s the only thing that works.
The state of America’s children must be something we all care about. Our children are counting on us.