Stop Child Abuse – Advocates for Reform and Safety

WELCOME TO SCAARS

SCAARS is a non-profit corporation which seeks to improve the laws pertaining to child abuse, mandatory reporting, the applicable statutes of limitations, as well as court outcomes in the judicial process.

SCAARS is the result of determined individuals who have dedicated their time to reforming policies which place children in danger. Whether due to religious indoctrination or institutional policies which endanger children, our goal is to make our world a safer place for children.

Changing Laws – Changing Lives

We believe a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals can be united. “Changing Laws – Changing Lives” is a realistic purpose. We do not seek to compete with existing groups who have passionately worked for years in this effort.  SCAARS will support and continue to learn from them.

SCAARS is optimistic that a grassroots movement will promote solutions. As more people comprehend the issues, their passion will grow in support of remedies. The saying, “Half of the solution to a problem is knowing what the problem is”, will factor into the growth of our grassroots activism. Exponential growth occurs when each individual shares knowledge with others.

Reporting abuse is the key to prevention and the beginning of healing.

Child abuse spreads to new victims when the perpetrator is not reported to the authorities.  Our website provides practical information to assist understanding why child abuse is hidden from the authorities.  Why do parents cooperate with an institution’s influence not to report the criminal act of child abuse? How is it possible that parents, by not reporting years of abuse of their children, deny their loved ones the means to deal with the trauma resulting from child sex abuse? We seek to enlighten a grassroots movement.

Mandatory reporting, education, background checks, providing “child safe institutions”, and statutes of limitations, are areas in which laws need to be improved.  Culture change is a necessary step to the solution. SCAARS recognizes that “Changing Laws, Changing Lives” and “Culture Change” are long-term transformations.

With its 501(c)(4) tax status, SCAARS can accept non-deductible contributions to lobby State Legislatures nationwide, as well as Governors and Congress, to enact needed reforms and improvements.  Our teams of attorneys and paralegals will work with staff members in critical offices around the country and the world to refine language and prepare court cases to effect the needed change. We welcome your participation and support, beginning here.

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Blog

An Insider’s Account about How a Report of Child Sex Abuse Is Handled

In November 2016, I made a life-altering decision. After 47 years of association with Jehovah’s Witnesses, many of those spent as an elder in the congregation, I chose to leave. Although there were many reasons for this decision, it was the issue of how child sexual abuse has been mishandled that pushed me to this …

News

Florida AG Pam Bondi launches statewide investigation into sexual abuse by priests

Posted By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 10:45 am

https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/10/05/florida-ag-pam-bondi-launches-statewide-investigation-into-sexual-abuse-by-priests

Montana Jehovah’s Witness sex abuse case underscores church’s worldwide reckoning

https://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/montana-jehovah-s-witness-sex-abuse-case-underscores-church-s/article_fddc41e5-536b-5843-af30-200cc14892d8.html

Sen. Bill could waive statute of limitations

House amendment would open a 2-year window for now-adult victims of childhood abuse to file claims.

http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2018/09/sen-bill-could-waive-statute-of-limitations/

Jehovah’s Witnesses must pay $35M to sex abuse survivor

https://nypost.com/2018/09/29/jehovahs-witnesses-must-pay-35m-to-sex-abuse-survivor/

Pennsylvania AG Shapiro: New information has surfaced since Catholic sex abuse report

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14124858-74/pennsylvania-ag-shapiro-new-information-has-surfaced-since-catholic-sex-abuse-report

Woman Claims Mormon Church’s Cover-Up Culture Protected Her Sexual Predator Dad

The Mormon church has a “culture” that protects sexual predators, Johnson said during the press conference.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mormon-church-cover-up-culture-sexual-predator_us_5b363f35e4b08c3a8f69aff1

Mormon Church in UT State Supreme Court CHALLENGING Reporting about Sex Abuse Victims

This is from 5 years ago.  First Amendment used to defend not reporting abuse to authorities.

Pennsylvania meeting highlights abuse problems among Jehovah’s Witnesses

June 2018 meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania attended by the press, activists, attorneys, and state politicians. Presents Watchtower policy related to Jehovah’s Witness child abusers.

Ways to Show Your Support:

  1. SPEAK UP!
    • Make your voice heard.
    • Be Alert.
    • Report abuse.
    • Change the culture.
  2. VOLUNTEER to help in a variety of ways.
    • Learn the issues and speak about the solutions, with family, friends, co-workers, and your representatives.
    • Volunteer your skills.  Contribute articles, do research, editing, photography, graphic design, make you-tube videos, post on social media.
    • See the Grand Jury page for ideas about initiating action against institutions guilty of systemic abuse. [[]
    • Learn about how laws are made, Learn how a nonprofit organization can build a grassroots movement. Suggested Reading: “The Lobbying and Advocacy Handbook for nonprofit Organizations” and “Advocacy For Social Justice A Global Action And Reflection Guide.”
  3. DONATE.  We are a lobbying non-profit corporation, so contributions are not tax deductible.  Donations will be used for expenses and not salaries.  At present the donations will be used for legal advice and local transportation costs (i.e., commuting to State capitols, parking).  Any specific need for donations will be described in the future. The address and form is below, for contacting us about donations or any other issue.
  4. CONTACT our organization by sending an email or writing to the address below:

scaars.org@gmail.com

SCAARS
P.O. Box 944
Oakley, CA 94561

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