Monday, September 9, 2013

A Rallying Cry for Justice for Issy!

An update on Issy Stapleton... 

According to a recent post on her father's Facebook page, that has been reposted in various newspapers today and online, "A posting on Matt Stapleton's Facebook page says Isabelle is breathing on her own, walking, talking, and out of the critical care unit at a Grand Rapids hospital after doctors decided Friday to remove her from a ventilator."   

I am so very happy that Issy survived this heinous crime.  This proves that Issy is one tough little girl, not all victims of attempted murder are as lucky.  I can only hope that her mother, in addition to her current charge of attempted murder, also gets charged with a hate crime.   

The current federal law regarding hate crimes deals with crimes where the offender is motivated by bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or ethnicity/national origin.”  Issy was attacked because she is Autistic, this does constitute a hate crime under Michigan and federal law and should be prosecuted as such, Issy deserves no less. 
I therefore appeal to all who live in Michigan, and those who do not as well, to contact the Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crime, on Issy Stapleton’s behalf and on behalf of all future Autistic victims of potential hate crimes, and push for a hate crime charge to be added: 

Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crime
c/o MDCR-Community Relations Division
110 West Michigan Avenue
Capital Tower Building, Ste. 900
Lansing, MI 48933 

Statewide Crisis Response: 1-800-482-3604
Main Line: 517-335-3165
Fax: 517-241-0546 - for general inquiries - to reach the Victim Support Sub-Committee - for the Community Response Sub-Committee

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