- PETTITION: Signatures Required ASAP
- By Amelia
- 27/02/2014 Make a Comment (3)
- Contributed by: MichaelK ( 2 articles in 2014 )
LET ME HAVE CONTACT VISITS WITH MY DAD.
TO: JAN SHUARD - COMMISSIONER CORRECTIONS VICTORIA, EDWARD O'DONOHUE - MINISTER FOR CORRECTIONS (VICTORIA), ROBERT CLARK - STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL (VICTORIA)
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Please let me have weekly contact visits with my dad. You have stopped me from having contact visits with my dad since 2009. In that time I have been very sad and depressed. I have missed so much school, I have been bullied and lost friends because dad is in jail and I have thought about killing myself many times. All I want is contact with my dad but you have stopped me and made my life hard to live. I want you to start caring about me and how I feel. I want to be happy and I want to have normal visits with my dad just like the rest of my family. I am 14 years old next month and I want to have a happy birthday.
Why is this important?
My dad went to jail in 2009. When he went to jail, I was nine years old. I felt like I wanted to die when I found out he wasn't coming home. Before he went to jail, he cared and looked after me everyday of my life. He was and is the best dad anyone could want.
Since 2009 I have not had any contact with my dad, except for one time. I am not allowed to cuddle my dad and can only have a visit with glass separating us for an hour, once a week.
My mum has written hundreds of letters to Corrections Victoria, Department of Justice Victoria, Corrections Ministers, the State Attorney General and many other politicians to let them know how not having contact with my dad is damaging me. She has given them all photo evidence to show that he has looked after me since I was born. My mum kept getting letters back saying that I am not allowed contact visits, only box visits with glass separating us. Nothing my mum has done has helped to change their minds. They don't care how hurt I am. Everyone else in my family can have contact visits with him. My mum, brothers and family friends have all written letters asking for them to let me have contact with my dad. It is so unfair, they dont care about me or my wish to have contact with my dad. Birthdays, father's days, religious and other celebrations are all sad days for me because I can only have box visits and no contact with dad.
One time my mum and me went to the jail to have a visit with dad. That day the officer told us that the computer said I was now allowed to have contact visits with my dad. It was the first time in three years I got to cuddle my dad. We had a good visit and I was so excited. I thought that everything would be alright and I could start to be happy again.
About a week later, my mum got a letter from the Commissioner saying the visit we had was a mistake and should not have happened. The letter said I would only be allowed visits with glass separating us and I would not be allowed contact again.
My mum is not well and is exhausted from all the effort to try to get them to understand how not having contact with my dad is affecting me. We can’t afford a lawyer to help me. My mum tried to get someone to help us for free but nobody would help. Since my dad went to jail I have missed so much school. I was too upset to go to school and could not concentrate. I was bullied and lost friends because of dad being in jail. I wanted to kill myself because I felt so bad I did not think I could go on living like this. I have been to psychologists and counsellors but nothing changes because all I want is contact with my dad. I am 14 years old next month and all I want in the world is to be able to hug my dad and spend time with him like every other father and daughter. I want to stop feeling sad and I want everyone to know that my feelings matter too. I think I have a right to have contact with my dad.
Please support me and sign my petition. I need your help. Thank you
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