Jordan Riak's letter to Wyoming Governor Geringer, March 14, 2002

Dear Governor Geringer,

Legislation to legitimize the bruising of children is unprecedented in the modern, civilized world. While other nations are moving to give children greater legal protection against violence, the Wyoming legislature seems on the verge of taking a giant leap in the opposite direction. A child who has been bruised is a child who has been abused. Any lawmaker who thinks otherwise should consult with the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Speaking personally and on behalf of this organization, I urge you to veto Senate File 74. It was created for the sole purpose of giving child abusers greater legal cover than they already enjoy. That's retrograde legislation and will be recognized as such by people everywhere.

Jordan Riak, Exec. Dir., Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE), P.O. Box 1033, Alamo CA 94507-7033, Tel.: 925-831-1661; FAX: 925-838-8914. Web Site: "Project NoSpank" at

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