#Children's Rights
The State and Federal Governments of the United States
United States of America

At the close of the year 2006, there were 689 reported and confirmed cases of severe child abuse and neglect in York County, South Carolina. This includes only this one county, and doesn't account for the multitude of cases that likely went unreported.

Not a single one of these cases resulted in a prison sentence for the perpetrator greater than 11 years. More significant sentences have been granted for the abuse of animals, which is demonstrated by the attached documentation.

Child abuse and neglect is an epidemic in our country, and one that must be stopped. Most of us have heard the phrase "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" (Exodus 21:23-27). This idea represents exact retribution, insisting that the perpetrator should suffer exactly what the victim has suffered.

As we present this petition before the court and its people, we argue for exact retribution for all victims of child abuse. The effects of such abuse do not go away; they may be nummed, but follow an individual throughout the rest of their lives.

Thus, since the victim will suffer until their life ends, so should the offender. We insist that a fair sentence for such a crime should last for a lifetime as well.

We, the undersigned, call on the government to take action upon the increasing rates of child abuse across our country.

We propose that each individual successfully prosecuted for the crime of child abuse, which has been further defined above, be sentenced to a minimum of one life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.

It is our intention to use this tactic to aid the elimination of child abuse in this nation, whether it be by fear of punishment from offenders, or further awareness and openess toward discussing this tragic epidemic our country suffers from every minute of every day.

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The I, too, "am fearfully and wonderfully made" petition to The State and Federal Governments of the United States was written by Melissa and is in the category Children's Rights at GoPetition.