Ashley Billasano, a distraught 18 year old high school student with at least 500 TWITTER followers took her life AFTER she sent a series of shocking messages. No one stopped her. No one called the authorities.
“I went to the bathroom and locked the door,” 18-year-old Ashley Billasano tweeted.
“I took apart a razor. I did what I had to do to forget. I swear after that night I was never the same.”
Billasano told her painful story through the popular social networking site, Twitter. Soon after, she had committed suicide.
In her 144 tweets over 6 hours, Billasano allegedly claimed that she had been molested by a family member and forced into prostitution. She also detailed her unsuccessful attempt at seeking justice.
“It is my understanding she made an outcry apparently a year ago in Williamson County up close to Austin about some allegations of sexual abuse,” Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department Chief Craig Brady told FOX News. “My understanding, that was looked into the sheriff’s office there, the D.A’S office and a grand jury. There was no indictment issued.”
Close friend Ashly Escamilla told the Houston Chronicle that Billasano’s death was the high schooler’s last attempt to be heard.
“This wasn’t random. She planned this for a reason. She made a decision that this was what she was going to do to get attention if she was not going to get justice.”
Billasano’s mother, Tiffany Ruiz Leskinen, told the paper that being denied help from authorities was too much for her daughter to cope with.
“The detective told her that she had trouble believing her,” her mother told the Houston Chronicle. “Here is someone who has been abused and is forced to be silent for so long. Then the one person you go to looking for help says they might not believe you. The CPS caseworker was a rookie right out of college. She did not know anything and kept saying she had to check with her supervisor.”
According to the Austin-Statesman, Billasano’s Twitter account was taken down.
An important question, as ABC news noted, is why none of Billasano’s 500 followers called the police, or reached out to help her.
Some people on Facebook and Twitter are wondering why the media are focusing on the 500 Twitter followers who did not do anything. They feel that Texas Children’s Protective Services did not do their job.
The group administrator of a Facebook group, Stop Mental Child Abuse, posted this: “IT’S NOT ABOUT THE TWEETS, IT’s WHY DIDN’T TEXAS CPS DO SOMETHING? 18 years of reported abused and they did nothing! Media only reports on why didn’t twitter friends do something, but the real story is why didn’t CPS do something in 18 years?”
On her last day Ashley Billasano tweeted ‘Weeks passed, then I got the call. They said sorry but there isn’t enough evidence I hung up.’
‘That’s when I changed. I didn’t care anymore and the people I was meeting gave me no reason to.’
Police said they didn’t want a lot of detail about her death to be published to avoid encouraging copy cats, but said it might not be the first time the teen had tried to take her own life.
Authorities believe this was not the first time she had attempted suicide. She had learned the method on the Internet.
During the early morning hours of April 5, 1986, 18 year old Jeanne Ann Clery, was tortured, raped, sodomized and murdered in her dormitory room at Lehigh University. Her killer was a drug and alcohol abuser, a Lehigh student whom Jeanne had never met. He gained access to her room by proceeding, unopposed, through three propped-open doors, each of which should have been locked. He was convicted and sentenced to death.
Jeanne’s parents, Connie Clery and Howard Clery, discovered that students hadn’t been told about 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years before her murder. They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact this law, which was originally known as the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990″.
Among other requirements, schools must make timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose an ongoing threat to students and employees. The Department of Education can fine schools that fail to comply.
Security On Campus, Inc., was founded by Jeanne’s parents as the first national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of criminal violence at colleges and to assisting campus victims nationwide.
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The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of post-secondary education participating in federal student-aid programs are subject to it. The act includes:
Publishing an annual report disclosing campus security policies and three years’ worth of selected crime statistics.
Making timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose an ongoing threat.
Keeping a public crime log.
Upholding basic rights to victims of sexual assault.
Making accurate crime statistics available to the U.S. Department of Education, which centrally collects and disseminates campus crime statistics at the national level.
Facing possible fines from the U.S. Department of Education when schools fail to comply with the Clery Act.
Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to NMU Public Safety and Police Services, as well as designated campus officials including, but not limited to, directors, deans, department heads, designated student support staff, advisers to students and student organizations, athletic coaches and local law enforcement agencies.
The “Clery Act” is named in memory of 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery, who was raped and murdered on April 5, 1986, while asleep in her residence hall room.
Her parents, Connie and Howard Clery, later discovered that students hadn’t been told about 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years before her murder. They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact this law, which was originally known as the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.” A 1998 amendment formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.
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Child Molesters: A Behavioral Analysis
“Adults with an added authority (e.g., teachers, camp counselors, coaches, religious leaders, law-enforcement officers, doctors, judges [DA and child protection attorneys]) present even greater problems in the investigation of these cases. Such offenders are in a better position to seduce and manipulate victims and escape responsibility.
The most difficult case of all involves a subject who has an ideal occupation for any child molester: a therapist who specializes in treating troubled children. This offender need only sit in his office while society preselects the most vulnerable victims and brings them to him. The victims are by definition “troubled” and unlikely to be believed if they do make an allegation.
“Eighty-one percent of all abuse last year was neglect, a percentage that has changed little in recent years. Neglect refers to a denial of critical care, defined as the failure of a caretaker to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing or other care necessary for the child’s health and welfare when the caretaker is financially able to do so or is offered financial or other reasonable means to do so”.* –LEE ROOD 4-2-2011 (*A.K.A “Reasonable Efforts”, which IS NOT HAPPENING)
“As many as 75 percent of all children in foster care, upon leaving the system, will have experienced sexual abuse. One study by Johns Hopkins University found that the rate of sexual abuse within the foster-care system is more than four times as high as in the general population; in group homes, the rate of sexual abuse is more than 28 times that of the general population.” –Sexual Abuse: An Epidemic in Foster Care Settings? -By Orlow, Orlow & Orlow July 17, 2009
“There are more than half a million children and youth in the U.S. foster care system today. Studies reveal that children are 11 times more likely to be abused in state care than they are in their own homes, and 7 times more likely to die as a result of abuse in the foster care system.” -John Walsh Show April 16, 2003
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SEXUAL ABUSE AND HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL INSIDE
Sexual abuse affects every part of your body,
It affects your heart, mind, body, spirit and also your soul.
It affects your relationships and your relationship with God.
It stops you from trusting, and asking for help.
It stops you from believing in yourself or anything for that matter.
It makes you feel a failure.
It stops you from being able to function properly.
It stops you from speaking, hearing, seeing.
It deceives you, blinds you too the truth.
It blames you also it entraps you, and binds you.
It makes you feel guilty.
It makes you feel dirty.
It takes away your security it also takes away love in your life.
It causes you constant strife throughout your life.
It causes you to be directed wrongly.
It causes you to fear the worst.
It causes you to want to kill yourself.
It causes you to be bitter.
It causes you to have stinking thinking.
It causes you to want revenge.
It causes you anger.
It causes you rage.
It causes you hurt
It causes you pain.
It cause you shame.
It causes you rejection.
It causes you to be abandoned.
It causes you to feel insane.
How can I get off this ongoing train you may say, my advice to you is look to the cross, Jesus died for all of this, he wants to exchange all this for his spirit. Love joy peace patience kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control wow you may say this is true I am living it, that’s why I share it with those hurting!!!! Jesus is no respecter or of persons what He has and is doing for me He can also do for you!!!!
- § 2251. Sexual exploitation of children
- § 2251A. Selling or buying of children
- § 2252. Certain activities relating to material involving the sexual exploitation of minors
- § 2252A. Certain activities relating to material constituting or containing child pornography
- § 2252B. Misleading domain names on the Internet
- § 2252C. Misleading words or digital images on the Internet
- § 2253. Criminal forfeiture
- § 2254. Civil forfeiture
- § 2255. Civil remedy for personal injuries
- § 2256. Definitions for chapter
- § 2257. Record keeping requirements
- § 2257A. Record keeping requirements for simulated sexual conduct
- § 2258. Failure to report child abuse
- § 2258A. Reporting requirements of electronic communication service providers and remote computing service providers
- § 2258B. Limited liability for electronic communication service providers, remote computing service providers, or domain name registrar?1
- § 2258C. Use to combat child pornography of technical elements relating to images reported to the CyberTipline
- § 2258D. Limited liability for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- § 2258E. Definitions
- § 2259. Mandatory restitution
- § 2260. Production of sexually explicit depictions of a minor for importation into the United States
- § 2260A. Penalties for registered sex offenders
Sexual Abuse Laws
Links to Sexual Abuse Laws:
US Codes: Sexual Exploitation and Other Abuse of Children
~ Title 18, Part I, Chapter 110 [offsite]
US Codes: Sexual Abuse
~ Title 18, Part I, Chapter 109A [offsite]
US Codes: Sexual Exploitation & Other Child Abuse
~ US Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 110, Section 2252 [offsite]
US Codes: Transportation for Illegal Sexual Activity
~ Title 18, Part I, Chapter 117 [offsite]
State Websites [search state laws].
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Sexual Abuse Laws – US Codes