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!?!!
Come on, people!
Please for the love of cthulu sign this petition and reblog this post I almost have 2,000 fallowers if you all reblog and sign this will hopefully get the reach it needs to pull through if you dont i’ll disown you as a fallower
Hey fellow Americans-welcome to another day of “SENSELESS JUSTICE SYSTEM”
Today we get to sign a petition regulating common sense! And valuing the sanctity of not giving rights to people who don’t deserve them! Whoa new concept! But putting all that aside- I’m so livid right now I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.
Coming from someone who is crying thinking back on all the shit I went through dealing with a rapist who did circle back to torment me between the ages of 21-22 at my job, I can tell you folks; it’s not a position of power you feel. It’s absolutely terrifying. Seeing that person’s face again, hearing their voice, you’re just scared beyond reason and you can barely talk. Much less defend yourself. It’s something I wish I had gone without, and something I haven’t even really spoken about because it’s so harsh to think it even happened to me. I have trouble believing it myself.
Things I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
Please don’t just reblog this, I know it’s kind of annoying to create an account and sign in, but there are people out there who need you.
Don’t just read this and forget, do something.
Underwater Room - Manta Resort
The Underwater Room is a three-storey floating platform by Manta Resort. The bottommost part is submerged under water, whilst the upper roof functions as a place for stargazing and sunbathing.
iconic video of my childhood
I still regularly quote this.
I can’t reblog this without providing a link in case anyone doesn’t know what this is. Because everyone should know what this is, I feel.
still say “HOKAY” and “well have a nap ZEN FIRE ZE MISSILES” it is 2013
this is how I learned English
but i am le tired
the thing is though i dont think i’ve ever met a single dude who genuinely made an effort not to be misogynistic but still actually takes offense when a woman says “urg, men”
and pretty much every white person who is able to recognise and unpack their privilege gets what i mean when i say “urg, white people”
and straight people who are legit supporters do not get huffy when i say “urg, straight people”
and like im cis, but when trans people say “urg, cis people” im not horribly wounded
because when you’re aware of the system you also understand that it’s not about you
and i understand that nobody hates me for being cis, they hate the power that i have over them because im cis (or light-skinned, or able-bodied, etc)
like remember that quote that was like “no, i didn’t say all white people, but since that’s what you took away from it, yes, all white people”? pretty much, the more angry and confrontational you are about blanket comments, the more those comments are directed at you
which makes them a really convenient and effective thing