Restore the Rights to Rape Victims

Impeach Judge Gregory S. Ross and restore the rights to rape victims. 

Christopher Mirasolo, 27, was convicted of raping a 12 year old girl and two other girls, 13 and 15 in 2008. Mirasolo was sentenced to one year in the county jail but only served six and a half months before early release to care for his sick mother. In March 2010 Mirasolo committed a sex assault on a victim between the ages of 13 and 15 years old. He served four years for this offense.

The 12 year old girl he raped in 2008 got pregnant due to being raped and Mirasolo is now seeking joint custody. THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE! The judge not only is granting custody, but he disclosed the victim’s address and forced Mirasolo’s name to be on the birth certificate of her now eight year old son WITHOUT HER CONSENT.  This judge needs to be removed from the bench and this victim needs to have herself and her young son protected from this monster. HE IS A PEDOPHILE and a CONVICTED RAPIST!

This all began because the victim had applied for government assistance and the prosecutor forced a paternity test. Judge Ross did NOT have to compel custody without the rape victim’s consent. Under the Child Custody Act, he could have compelled Mirasolo to pay support without giving custody. Read more here:

This young girl chose to protect her unborn child and now Judge Ross is trying to destroy it.

No victim should have to suffer this atrocity. There should be federal laws in place to protect the rights of victims.

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This petition will be delivered to:

  • U.S. Attorney General
    Jeff Sessions
  • Representative
    John Conyers
  • Governor
    Rick Snyder

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    The judge was supposed to have been apprised of the details of the circumstances of the child being conceived from the rape Mirasolo pled guilty to and was convicted of, however, he wasn’t. He has since halted the…
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Reasons for signing

A rapist shouldn’t be given rights to the child born from said rape. Also, someone convicted of child molestation shouldn’t be given rights to any child! You would think that would be common sense.

Ryan Scott, Loveland, United States
1 wk ago


A pedophile rapist should not be granted custody of his child and access to his victim’s home. He forfeited the right when he kidnapped, raped and impregnated a twelve year old child. The rapist needs to be brought to justice and be placed behind bars, and Judge Ross needs to be removed from the bench immediately for magnifying the victim’s trauma. Shame on the judge for his horrifically regressive and damaging patriarchal judicial decisions. He is unfit to be a judge.

Reiko Ando, San Francisco, CA
1 wk ago


Absolutely awful! Shame on you judge. You will stand before God one day and the blood of the child you subjected to that evil man, Christopher Mirasolo is stained on your hands.
This is the worst injustice I have ever seen! The immediate and permanent removal of Judge Gregory S. Ross is the necessary first step to ensuring this sick man does not destroy anyone else’s children.

Carole Seely, Boerne, TX
1 wk ago


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Children’s Bureau: Law and Policies

Laws & Policies

The Children’s Bureau provides guidance to states, tribes, child welfare agencies, and more on the complex and varied federal laws as they relate to child welfare.

What’s New in Laws & Policies

This page provides resources and information about new federal legislation, regulations, and Children’s Bureau policies.

Child Welfare Policy Manual

The Child Welfare Policy Manual contains mandatory policies that are based in federal law and/or program regulations. It also provides interpretations of federal laws and program regulations initiated by inquiries from state and tribal child welfare agencies or ACF Regional Offices.

Policy/Program Issuances

The Children’s Bureau issues guidance to title IV-E and title IV-B agencies on the administration of child welfare grant programs in the following formats:

  • Action Transmittals (AT)
  • Information Memoranda (IM)
  • Policy Guides and Manuals (PGM)
  • Program Instructions (PI)
  • Program Regulations (PR)
  • Federal Register Notices

Federal Laws

Title IV-E and IV-B agencies are primarily responsible for implementing their own child welfare programs; however, federal laws and regulations provide guidance and structure for their child welfare policies and practices.

Technical Bulletins

The Children’s Bureau develops technical bulletins to supplement official guidance and assist states and tribes in implementing child welfare policies and practices. Technical bulletins cover a variety of topics, and currently include: the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD), the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS), and child welfare monitoring.

Policy Resources

These resources provide additional information about federal legislation as well as state and tribal statutes.

Last Reviewed: June 26, 2017

Are you tending your internal garden?

Spring Gardening


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I love her poetry and believe you will to. She is awesome, every post stops me in my tracks to think, soak in her message. Please visit her blog. 🙂


Though we were afraid
We stood

Though we trembled

We reached

Though we feared falling

We let go

Though you are far

You caught me

Though you were struggling

You held on

Though we both felt we couldn’t

We did

And the light that bathed our rebirth

Was a mute white

And the song in our mouths

Was of gratitude

And my loved ones passed over

Clambored from their soil and Ash

As beautiful as children again

Clasping my empiness

They claimed me anew

Standing on the bridge

One side darkness and dusk

Extinguisher of all I was

The other side golden

You have been so missed they chorused

And at first I couldn’t bear the feeling

Surging in me like a hundred hands

But they held firm, did not let me run, did not excuse me

No death did not stop us

No life is not meant to be…

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Our Community

Thank you for sharing Robert. Profound quote. Hugs.

Art by Rob Goldstein

We pass through this world but once.  Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.  ~Stephen Jay Gould, The Mismeasure of Man

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Yale Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

If you’re looking to increase your own awareness, join learners around the globe in Dr. Anees Chagpar’s “Introduction to Breast Cancer.” The course caters to a wide audience ranging from medical professionals to those personally affected by the disease.

Dr. Chagpar says “by understanding breast cancer better, people can breathe easier and the process may become less scary.”

Read more about Dr. Chagpar’s background in breast cancer surgery and her motivation for creating this online course.

Enroll today!


Me Too ?

If you have a Twitter account please check out the #metoo campaign.
Liberating for me. M 🙂


There is a form of collective PTSD that has emerged from the Twitter campaign started by actress Alyssa Milano, #Me Too.

Millions of women and many men have responded. It is not just about Hollywood’s casting couch culture.

My Facebook feed has blown up with the two word admission by friends, family, internet acquaintances.

Image. Getty/

It has stirred up a lot of unresolved pain, memories long buried but not forgotten.

It is not something we were comfortable talking about, not decades past, not today.

But if we are being honest, in some form, we have all experienced this.

Many are still not ready to admit it, few are willing to deal with the consequences.

For me, it happened in the most conservative of work environments, a community of professionals, an office of engineers and architects. Harassment led to rejection, loss of opportunity, work transfers. I moved on, but never…

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Lightly child, lightly.

Thank you David! You’re the best. God Bless You!!!!! M

Live & Learn

‘What did you mean by saying that you were psychic?’

‘What did you think I meant?’

‘Spiritualism?’ ‘Infantilism.’ ‘That’s what I think.’

‘Of course.’

I could just make out his face in the light from the doorway. He could see more of mine, because I had swung round during that last exchange. ‘You haven’t really answered my question.’

‘Your first reaction is the characteristic one of your contrasuggestible century: to disbelieve, to disprove. I see this very clearly underneath your politeness. You are like a porcupine. When that animal has its spines erect, it cannot eat. If you do not eat, you will starve. And your prickles will die with the rest of your body.’

~ John Fowles, The Magus


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Sincerely X, by TED Talks *EX-CON*

Episode 3: Ex-Con

Released   Aug 03, 2017

A remorseful insider brings us a hard-earned truth: prison is effective. While his years behind bars helped him see where his life went off the rails, it also helped him create a system for how former inmates can get back on track.

Survivors Blog Here Welcomes Alyssa from Fight MS Daily

We’re excited to welcome Alyssa from Fight MS Daily to the Survivors Blog Here team. Diagnosed with MS at age 19, she fights to keep her illness in check, has a full life and she a Southerner.

Please stop by to say hello and be sure to follow her journey.  M



Triple Shot Thursday *When We Stand Together*

I picked a few special tunes this week, my hope is they sooth the soul. Around the world people are having hard times, please know I acknowledge your pain, feel empathy with and for you. We are one. Human.  M


WordPress Instructions on Republishing a Post

Republishing a Post

Sometimes, you may want to republish an old post. If this is your goal, you have a few different options:

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Seeking The Truth In Fake News

She is one Journalist who I still respect. Lack on trust goes with the times.  M


Don’t Suffer From Your Depression In Silence

Another Great TED Talk. Enjoy. M


October’s Featured Blogger: Looking for the Light

Thank you Robert,
My first interview, on your blog no less. You’re the best. I hope it wasn’t to corny! M

Art by Rob Goldstein

Our featured blogger for October is blogger, artist and mental health advocate, Melinda Sandor of the Looking for the Light Blog.

Melinda is also the driving force behindSURVIVORS BLOG HERE, a collaborative of online mental health advocates who write and make art.

If you have questions about in joining the Survivors Blog, send a tweet to @SurvivorsBlog2.

Digital painting of a bridgr in muted tones by Melinda SandorHarbor Bridge by Melinda Sandor

When did you decide to start your blog?

I started my first blog, Defining Memories, in 2005 when my Granny had a stroke. Defining Memories was an outlet for the pain and frustration of caring for my grandmother.

Why did you name your blog the ‘Looking for the Light Blog’?

I wanted to find me. I have a psychiatric diagnosis, heart disease and for the last four years Chronic Lyme disease. To move beyond illness I decided to write about other topics. I…

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Throw Back Thursday *Rock Out With Fleetwood Mac, Eagles and Peter Frampton*

Looking For The Light Blog

July 7, 2014 Throw Back Thursday startled to lighten the mood as we slide into the weekend. One day to kick back, for that short time lose yourself. Three years later it’s evolved to Triple Shot Thursday. I look forward to Thursday the same as I did in the beginning. I hope you enjoy three of my fav’s.  M

The music world would not be the same without Fleetwood Mac, the greatest band in the world! Watch Lindsey Buckingham make his guitar scream. Those were the 1970’s.  Enjoy.   Warrior

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Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Women Driving


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In a surprise decision earlier this week, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia announced that he will lift the country’s infamous ban on female drivers. Beginning in 2018, women in Saudi Arabia will finally be able to apply for driver’s licenses and legally get behind the wheel.

The controversial driving ban – the only of its kind in the world – has faced criticism from a younger generation of Saudi Muslims who are resistant to the ultraconservative Wahhabi interpretation of Islam that controls nearly everything in the country.

The long-awaited change comes after years of protests dating back to the 1990s, during which countless women were charged steep fines, thrown in jail, or given the “official sentence” of 10 lashes – all for the high crime of driving a car.

Women React

For Saudi women, the news was almost surreal. Under the oppressive Wahhabi system, women are allowed few freedoms and remain largely subservient to men. Given how deeply embedded these cultural attitudes are, the government’s decision took many people off guard. Although activists were pleased with the decision, many insist it should have come far earlier.

“It’s been 27 years of demanding and asking, but a whole lifetime of suffering,” said Dalal Kaaki, a woman who participated in protests against the ban. “I can’t really celebrate because every time I come to celebrate I remember all the years of suffocation. … Of trying to arrange transportation to work and having to beg people at home to take me to run errands.”

“Things have to change. People are demanding it,” another woman pointed out. “Young people don’t want to live the way we lived. They want to live better. They want to live how other people are living.”


The ultraconservative factions of the country levied heavy criticism toward the move, calling it unthinkable to allow women behind the wheel. In fact, many Saudi men are determined to ignore the new law — Twitter feeds were alight with a hashtag that translates to “The women of my house won’t drive.”

Some expressed serious concerns for road safety – arguing that putting so many brand-new drivers on the roads will cause accidents to skyrocket. Others echoed the sentiment, but using different reasoning: that female drivers will be major distraction to men, who might pay more attention to women driving in the vicinity than the road in front of them.

Progress Yet to Be Made

Despite this recent victory, the fight for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia is far from over. Aziza Youssef, a female professor at a Saudi university and a prominent critic of Wahhabism, had this to say: “This is a good step forward for women’s rights, but it’s the first step in 1,000 miles to go.”

She makes a good point. While in public, women are still required to wear a full-length garment called an abaya in addition to the traditional head scarf. They must seek permission from a male family member before traveling abroad, getting married, or talking to the police (which makes domestic abuse cases nearly impossible to investigate). Saudi women are even prohibited from walking down the street without a male guardian.

The end of the driving ban brings hope that other oppressive policies will begin to fall. However, such changes will require challenging the deep-seated belief in Saudi culture that women are inferior to men. For now, that looks to be an uphill battle.




See Charity Navigator Before You Donate

Charity Navigator will guide you to Charities who are physically responsible. The information provided is enough to make a sound decision on how much of your donation will go to people supported by the Charity.

It was and eye opener when I started researching charities to support, some were spending 85% on the CEO salary and administrative cost. Your money is not going very far. Administrative cost is a line item to look at, if a Charity spends more on advertising than supporting the community, I’m passing. Not to say CEO’s are not entitled to large salaries, they are, if the Charity is high functioning with the money going to the people you want to help. They are earning the salary.

Charity Navigator has a Four Star rating system, Four Stars being the highest score a Charity can receive. With the Holidays around the corner, Charity Navigator could help spread your donation further. The most important message is every donation no matter how small matters. They all add up.  M
 You + Charity Navigator = More Good

Charity Navigator is here when you need us. Like the charities you research on our site, we’re a nonprofit that relies on the support of our users to continue providing our service. Please consider making a gift to support our work today. Together we can do more good.

Update: Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

Over the past month, Charity Navigator has witnessed the incredible generosity of Americans first hand and we are absolutely blown away!

Our team worked quickly to put together lists of top-rated charities responding in the wake of both storms to empower donors to make more informed giving decisions. We saw record-breaking website traffic, Giving Basket use, and media attention. More than 10,000 donors used Charity Navigator’s Giving Basket to donate nearly $4.5 million, and countless others used our lists to confirm their gifts before supporting the organizations directly.

From all of us at Charity Navigator, thank you for using our tools and service to make more informed giving decisions during this important time. We hope you will continue make us part of your charitable giving process.

Disaster recovery in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean will take months, even years, and many of the charities that were quick to respond will continue their work long after the TV cameras have moved on. If you’re still looking for a way to support those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma please check out our Hot Topics pages to find lists of highly rated organizations providing recovery support.


No Person Should Have To Be So Alone

No Person, trying to take responsibility for her or his identity, should have to be so alone. There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be counted as warriors.

Adrienne Rich “Sources”


Opioid Patients Beware: Caremark/CVS Has “God Complex”

Earlier in the year CVS changed it’s prescription policy, certain drugs could only be refilled two days before the prescription ran out. Patients were not informed nor is a list of drugs available, at my location.

This second change is huge! If you have a Chronic illness, addicted to Opioids with limited access to transpiration you’re life drastically changes February 1, 2018.

This isn’t about me, it’s about you. How will the policy change affect you? Will having only a seven-day supply of Opioid medication create hardship. The policy changes are not Local Laws, State Laws or Federal laws.

I’m mad as hell for the people whose lives are negatively affected. If you are mad as hell, good it’s your right. I am starting a Petition against CareMark/CVS and hope you will take time to sign when released.


(CNN) Friday September 22, 2017

In a new effort to tackle the deadly opioid addiction crisis in the United States, pharmacy giant CVS announced Friday that it will limit opioid prescriptions to seven days for certain conditions. This restriction will apply to patients who are new to pain therapy.

The new pharmacy program will also limit the daily dosage of pain pills based on their strength and will require use of immediate-release formulations before extended-release opioids — intended for severe, long-term pain treatment — are dispensed.
The changes will roll out February 1 and cover all commercial, health plan, employer and Medicaid clients.

Love Hard, Love Wide, Love Long


No matter where life takes you…the place where you stand at any moment is holy ground. Love hard and wide and love long, and you will find the goodness in it.

Susan Vreeland  Lisette’s List


Tom Petty RIP

Forever missed, never replaced



Why People Of Different Faiths Are Painting Their Houses Of Worship Yellow

TED Talks


What I Learned As A Prisoner In North Korea

TED Talks has outdone themselves on Euna’s presentation.

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