Penn State: Make Ending Rape Culture a Top Priority (formerly Do not hire alleged gang rape cover up coach James Franklin)
  • Petitioning Penn State Board of Trustees and Football Coach Selection Committee

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Penn State Board of Trustees and Football Coach Selection Committee
Athletic Director
Dave Joyner
PSU Football Coach Selection Committee
Linda Caldwell
PSU Board of Trustees
Paul Silvis
PSU Board of Trustees
Mark Dambly
PSU Board of Trustees
Kathleen Casey
PSU Board of Trustees
Linda Strumpf
Penn State-- VP for Administration
Tom Poole
Penn State
Bob Warming
PSU Board of Trustees
Karen Peetz
Richardson
Wally

Penn State: Make Ending Rape Culture a Top Priority (formerly Do not hire alleged gang rape cover up coach James Franklin)

    1. Michelle Rodino-Colocino
    2. Petition by

      Michelle Rodino-Colocino

      University Park, United States

Now that James Franklin is our new Penn State football coach, this petition is not about asking you not to hire him.  This petition is now an historical document that voices concerns that 650 Penn State employees, students, alumni, and friends had in the days leading up to Franklin's hire and in the hours after his hire was announced.

Now it is time to move forward.  

Key Penn State administrators:  Will you take steps to stop the rape culture at Penn State?  Will you engage with our new coach, coaching team, football players, athletes, students, employees, and all members of the Penn State community in learning how not to commit sexual assault and to create an environment that would discourage sexual assault?

Looking at the comments below, this issue is still an important one.

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We at Penn State do not want a football coach who has allegedly covered up his players' gang rape of another student at Vanderbilt.  Our university needs to stand up for human rights.***

In response to some comments that allegations of a cover up have not been proven, it is important to remember that there has not yet been a trial. Media has reported that defendants' lawyers may subpoena Franklin to testify about his role, if any, in a cover up of the alleged attacks by his players.  If this happens, Penn State will then be embroiled in another set of rape cases.  What if the trial happens during football season?  What about further sanctions?  This does not have to be our fate, Penn State. Do not hire James Franklin.  

Even if all Penn State administrators are focused on is our brand image as a university, do not hire James Franklin.  

But we should be concerned with more than our brand image, we should be concerned with educating model citizens and providing role models for our students. Higher education should be in the business of providiing the best possible role models for our students.  Have we learned nothing from the horrific cases of Jerry Sandusky?  Do we want to restore honor, not just for our reputation, but for our students, athletes, and alumni?  

Finally, we at Penn State should lead the charge against rape culture.  We should have a zero-tolerance policy against rape.  Hiring our next football coach is a highly symbolic act and a public one. We need to send a message that Penn State does not condone rape.  We do not condone rape culture.  We need to create an environment that teaches people not to commit rape.  We need to serve as role models.  Hire someone whose players are not being accused of rape.  It is time for that to really matter in college sports and in institutions of higher learning.

Do the right thing, Penn State.  Do the right thing.

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    • Bruce Wenrick PLEASANT GAP, PA
      • 9 months ago

      I think this is a really bad move on Penn State's part. Hiring someone who may have covered up a rape goes against what I thought Penn State was trying to clean up after the Jerry Sandsusky rapes. I don't think anyone wants this coach there and wouldn't blame members of the football team to leave. I know I wouldn't want to play for a coach like this.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      Being a feminist means that you believe in civil rights and social justice.

      -- Janeane Garofalo

      "Women's rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy."

      -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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    • Heywood Jablome STATE COLLEGE, PA
      • 9 months ago

      "This petition is now an historical document that voices concerns that 650 Penn State employees, students, alumni, and friends had in the days leading up to Franklin's hire and in the hours after his hire was announced."

      Actually it was more like 50 people believing the drivel this "professor" is spouting, and 600 people making fun of her for the uneducated, near-libelous statements she made. The original petition of guilty-until-proven-innocent is no better than what the media did to Joe Paterno, and you should be ashamed of yourself for perpetuating that sort of thing.

      PCAR gave the OK, the DA cleared him, and--as others have already stated--he kicked those guys off his team the minute charges were filed. I don't think you can say "not on my campus" any louder or clearer than that.

      So what's the agenda here, "professor?"

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    • Dominic Collins CAMDEN, NJ
      • 9 months ago

      He kicked the players off the team immediately and when he found out that another player covered it up, he kicked him off immediately as well. You need to get off your soapbox and get your facts straight. I am a proud supporter of Penn State and hope that the students have a wonderful year.

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    • William McCracken OTTAWA, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Since he said that the asst. coaches that he would hire must have(to him) "attractive wives" says it all for me. The apologies and excuses on behalf of Franklin have already begun. PSU needs people like Vicky Triponey and Karen Peetz, not these so-called "men".

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