Benny Napoleon/ Lisa L. Howze

Mayor of Detroit 2013

Huffington Post wrote: Benny N. Napoleon has dedicated nearly four decades to public service, possesses leadership experience in both law enforcement and county government, and is a practicing attorney. His focus has been on community education and crime prevention, and believes that collaboration among municipalities, businesses, community groups and residents are key to protecting the public during these tough economic times.

The Most Dangerous U.S. Cities per FORBES 2012

1. Detroit

Population: 713,239
Violent crime rate: 2,137 per 100,000 residents
The Motor City tops the list of America’s Most Dangerous Cities for the fourth straight year thanks to a stubborn problem mostly with gang-related violence. Violent crimes — murder, rape, robbery and assault — fell 10% last year but are still running five times the national average.

Detroit needs new thinkers with new solutions. It concerns me that people are thinking in the past and enabling the growth of the city. For too long, we have been a city of who you know, not whats in the best interest for the growth of the city. Benny is a great person, family has a wonderful background in the city for many years. THE CITY NEEDS to step out of the past and allow itself to grow. It needs a new face of growth. The people will speak, we love voting for people we KNOW.

I was in the Mayor’s Task Force on Child Abuse & Neglect meeting on Monday, and an interesting discussion arose. An attendee who was a survivor of sexual abuse reported that when she was 14 she gave birth to a baby at Henry Ford Hospital, and no one questioned her or gave her any information at that time. She disclosed that she is in her 40s now. This sparked discussion of the CPS process now for teen mothers at birth, and education being done in hospitals.

I thought I’d reach out to both of you since you are on our Advisory Board. Surely policies have changed in 30 years. I’m just now quite sure how. Any info you have would be helpful!

The Child Protection Law requires the pregnancy a child less than 12 years of age or the presence of a venereal disease in a child who is over 1 month of age but less than 12 years of age is reasonable cause to suspect child abuse and neglect has occurred and a 3200 must be filed. As far as the situation described, usually hospitals question parental supervision issues and that’s why CPS must investigate. From a law enforcement perspective, the age of consent is 16 so pregnancy under age 16 can be a law enforcement issue. We complete a law enforcement notification when we become aware of a situation but law enforcement does not act unless the parent files a complaint.
MY PARENT WAS MY ABUSER! LAWS have not changed in 40 years.

That survivor was ME! I want to hear about issues that effect our future, our children our grandchildren. Benny you haven’t done a great job of protecting victims of abuse, why should you be handed the key to the city? CHANGE is what we need NOW, not more who you know politics.

SOULutions to heal the SOUL


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