- US President and Congress
- United States of America
CHILD ABUSE: Each week, child protective services (CPS) agencies throughout the United States receive more than 50,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. In 2002, 2.6 million reports concerning the welfare of approximately 4.5 million children were made.
In approximately two-thirds (67 percent) of these cases, the information provided in the report was sufficient to prompt an assessment or investigation. As a result of these investigations, approximately 896,000 children were found to have been victims of abuse or neglect—an average of more than 2,450 children per day.
More than half (60 percent) of victims experienced neglect, meaning a caretaker failed to provide for the child's basic needs. Fewer victims experienced physical abuse (nearly 20 percent) or sexual abuse (10 percent), though these cases are typically more likely to be publicized. An average of nearly four children die every day as a result of child abuse or neglect (1,400 in 2002). Children of all ages experience abuse and neglect, but the youngest children are most vulnerable. Children younger than 1 year old accounted for 41 percent of all abuse-related deaths reported in 2002; three-quarters (76 percent) of those killed were younger than 4.
RAPE: Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. Rape is a serious problem in the United States today. The United States has the highest rape rate among countries which report such statistics. It is 4 times higher than that of Germany, 13 times higher than that of England and 20 times higher than that of Japan. 7.6 % of women in the United States have survived a completed or attempted rape. Of these, 21.6% were younger than age 12 when they were first raped, and 32.4% were between the ages of 12 and 17. (Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000) The FBI estimates that only 37% of all rapes are reported to the police. U.S. Justice Department statistics are even lower, with only 26% of all rapes or attempted rapes being reported to law enforcement officials. The National College Women Sexual Victimization Study estimated that between 1 in 4 and 1 in 5 college women experience completed or attempted rape during their college years (Fisher 2000). One out of every six American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
Murder: Crime in the United States is characterized by relatively high levels of gun violence and homicide, compared to other developed countries.In 2005, 24% of the incidents of violent crime, a weapon was present.
Offenders had or used a weapon in 48% of all robberies, compared with 22% of all aggravated assaults and 7% of all rapes/sexual assaults in 2005.
Homicides are most often committed with guns, especially handguns. In 2005, 55% of homicides were committed with handguns, 16% with other guns, 14% with knives, 5% with blunt objects, and 11% with other weapons. # Per every 1,000 persons in that racial group, 32 blacks, 23 whites and 18 persons of other races sustained a violent crime.
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* Per every 1,000 persons in that racial group, 32 blacks, 23 whites and 18 persons of other races sustained a violent crime.
* Black, white, and other races experienced one per 1,000 person rates of rape/sexual assault.
There is a reported 90 guns for every 100 people in the U.S. Out of the 875 million known guns in the world, the U.S. owns 270 million of them.
Within 3 years of being released 67% of the ex-prisoners are rearrested and 52% are actually re-incarcerated.
In 1995 the government allocated 5.1 billion dollars for new prison space. Every $100 million spend in construction will cost $1.6 billion in finance and operational costs over the next 3 decades. Taxpayers spend $60 billion a year for prisons.
Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. Within 3 years of being released 67% of the ex-prisoners are rearrested and 52% are actually re-incarcerated.
Jail is not 'fixing' the problem on a personal level or on a society level. Jail is not a deterrent for a criminal to change their ways once released. With overcrowding a problem, violent criminals are released back into public to commit more violent crimes and destroy more lives.
This petition is to call for the end of any parole for violent offenders of murder, rape and child abuse which results in death or serious injury. there should be no second chance for these violent acts, because a second chance is a second family who will suffer for the laws inadequacies.
We further request the death penalty be used consistently and constantly for murder one, rape and child abuse which leads to death, and child molestation. We request that other crimes such as child porn producers, major drug dealers and child abusers (that does not lead to death but serious injury) get life sentence without parole.
Why is it that a theft can do more time than a murderer? As US citizens we demand that the unbalanced non-justice system that does not work be looked at and fixed. There are countries even today who have severe sentencing for crimes (ie: chop off your hand for theft) which lower the crime rate to almost nothing.
Think about it, if someone was about to steal a car, but remembered seeing another person getting his hand cut off on live TV, would he think twice? Yes of course, consistent use of severe sentencing would be an effective deterrent, however without consistency, it would be far less effective, as it stands today. there are only a handful of scheduled death sentences compared to the thousands and thousands of violent offenses.
As US citizens we are asking you analyze and fix this serious problem.
The Revolving door - Monsters on the loose in America petition to US President and Congress was written by kevin kant and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition.