As of 7:14 AM on 12.27.2012, 397 people have signed the petition to the Obama Administration: Establish a National Commission To Investigate Organizational Child Sexual Abuse and Identify Federal Responses
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The petition appears to be starting to take off. It reached 150 signatures yesterday, 12.26,2012 in mid-afternoon, then more than doubled in a few hours. Under White House rules, once it reached 150, the petition became “visible” to anyone who went to the White House website to sign any other petition, especially the Newtown massacre ones.
Because so many Catholics are “missing in action” on this issue, the bishops have gotten away with so much for so long. I have reason to believe that key Obama people are aware of the petition already, which was the main goal. More signatures help. As the numbers climb, and I am confident they will, he and his people will notice, and eventually so will the media. [FJD, based on information from a New York friend].
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WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Establish a National Commission To Investigate Organizational Child Sexual Abuse and Identify Federal Responses
Children are being sexually abused in religious, educational and youth organizations, Federally funded and/or tax exempt. All abuse victims suffer; some commit suicide. A few cases, Penn State, Philly/Boston/K. C. dioceses, Mormon/Boy Scouts, are publicized. Predatory priests, rabbis, ministers, nuns, teachers, coaches, and scout leaders, are secretly protected by unaccountable superiors and abuse again. Local laws are inadequate. Local officials and media are unduly influenced. Victims are denied justice. Prior responses have been inadequate. As with child porn, a Federal response is needed for survivor aid, mandatory reporting and auditing, superior criminal liability and loss of Federal funds/subsidies. Australia now investigates this under oath with subpoenas.
SIGNATURES NEEDED BY DECEMBER 29, 2012 TO REACH GOAL OF 25,000
TOTAL SIGNATURES ON THIS PETITION