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Teen Ashley Billasano Tweets of Abuse 144 Times, Kills Herself

Ashley Billasano Final Twitter Tweets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 report, a spokesman for Texas Child Protective Services said privacy policies keep the agency from confirming if an investigation followed Billasano’s claims.Ashley Billasano

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.

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Posted by admin - November 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm

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Clery Act

Clery Act

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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Pennsylvania Governor Wants a Child Sex Abuse Reporting Law

The Pennsylvania Legislature is likely to pass a child sex abuse reporting law by the end of the year in reaction to the Penn State University scandal, Governor Tom Corbett said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, 67, was charged Nov. 5 with the sexual assault of eight boys from 1994 to 2009. Athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz have also been arrested on charges that they failed to notify authorities after being told about an incident of sexual abuse in 2002 and that they lied about it to a grand jury.

At that time, a graduate assistant reported seeing Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy, the grand jury says. The assistant, Mike McQueary, testified that he reported the incident to head coach Joe Paterno, who notified Schultz and Curley.

University president Graham B. Spanier and Paterno were fired last week by the university’s board of trustees. The legendary coach has not been charged, but the state police commissioner had cited a lapse of “moral responsibility” for not doing more to stop Sandusky. Corbett said on Fox News Sunday that the Board members fired Paterno and school President Graham B. Spanier “because they lost confidence in their ability to lead.”

Over the last year, Kiss said the federal Department of Education has started to enforce the Clery Act more by reviewing complaints and auditing university crime statistics.

But compliance with the act varies among universities, Kiss said.

Penn State reported nine forcible sex offenses on its main campus in 2008, eight in 2009, and five in 2010, according to the Department of Education.

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Jesuit Priest Sexual Abuse Victims

In the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Jesuit priests and brothers around the Northwest physically and sexually abused children and teens at Jesuit-run schools and missions. The abuse perpetrated on victims ranged from inappropriate touching to rape.

The perpetrators of the abuse worked for the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, a religious order based in Portland, Oregon. The Province operated schools, missions, and churches throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska for decades, going back to the 1940′s. Many of these schools, missions, and churches were on Indian reservations, and many of the victims were Native Americans. However, the race, age, and gender of the victims varied greatly.

The number of children and teens abused is estimated to be in the hundreds, perhaps thousands, over several decades. The abuse perpetrated by these Jesuits was pervasive and damaged many lives. The evidence revealed to date indicates that the Province failed to monitor sexual perpetrators and in some cases knowingly transferred the perpetrators to other locations, allowing them to abuse again.

Get help if you have been abused by a Jesuit priest here: http://www.priestabuselaw.com/

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Posted by admin - September 14, 2010 at 5:23 am

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