US Congress: 1000 Men Supporting the Violence Against Women Act
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US Congress: 1000 Men Supporting the Violence Against Women Act

    1. Ben  Atherton-Zeman
    2. Petition by

      Ben Atherton-Zeman

      Maynard, MA

Because people of all genders should support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the work VAWA supports. But many men consider this to be a “woman’s issue.” We are asking people of all genders to sign this petition, but men are especially urged to do so.

Because we men are sons, fathers, brothers and intimate partners of girls and women. Most men are close to at least three women - since statistically one of them will be victimized by violence, it's our job to speak out against violence. It's our job to hold all men accountable for our violence, and work towards a culture of peace and respect. It’s our job to support VAWA reauthorization.

Because every twelve seconds in the United States, a man abuses the woman he has promised to love. Every two minutes in the US, a man rapes a woman – it’s usually a woman he knows. Men perpetrate most violence against women - sexual violence, strangulation, murder, stalking, domestic violence, etc. But most men don’t rape, and most of us don’t abuse. Yet we remain silent, and consider these issues “women’s issues.” It’s long past time for that to change. Since our (male) gender is responsible for most of the perpetration, we should be more active in supporting initiatives such as VAWA to end it.

Because VAWA helps male victims. The primary author of this petition has worked at domestic violence programs and rape crisis centers – all of which help male victims (even the centers with “Women” in their title). VAWA has always helped men, whether heterosexual or gay, bisexual or transgender. The proposed VAWA reauthorization extends protection and resources to all victims, including those in the LGBTQ communities, Native Americans and undocumented immigrants. (For more information about VAWA, go to http://www.4vawa.org.)

Because the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Break the Cycle, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, NOW, the Feminist Majority and many others support VAWA reauthorization. Because the White Ribbon Campaign, Men Can Stop Rape, A Call to Men, Men Stopping Violence, the National Organization for Men Against Sexism and many others support VAWA reauthorization. Because the growing multicultural, multiracial movement of male “aspiring allies” support VAWA reauthorization. We are proud to join that movement, and proud to sign this petition supporting VAWA.

Ben Atherton-Zeman performs a one-man, anti-violence play “Voices of Men” http://www.voicesofmen.org. He performs on campuses and in communities throughout the year.

Recent signatures

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    1. VAWA Reauthorization - serve ALL victims!

      Ben  Atherton-Zeman
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for signing the petition! The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passed the Senate, but the House version cuts services to victims. Representative Adams' version is woefully inadequate - we need to keep pressure on to ensure adequate coverage for LGBTQ victims, immigrants and Native Americans.

      The bill now goes to a conference committee, so contact your Senators and US Representatives - tell them the Adams version hurts victims. Encourage them to include the language that covers *all* victims from the Senate version.

      We also need more people to sign, and more men in particular! Please post the URL to your Facebook along with a personal message to the men that you know. If you're a member of a fraternity or a male sports team, get everyone to sign!

      Thanks so much! - Ben

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. Photo attached to petition

      Ben  Atherton-Zeman
      Petition Organizer

      Hi, folks! Thanks in advance for signing my first Change.org petition! Hopefully we can help the effort to get VAWA reauthorized.

      I picked the photo from a recent Facebook photo, from when I was at the wonderful World Conference for Women's Shelters. It kind of cut me off, but you can see my shoulder on the far left of the frame. I chose it because it's Sue Else (the president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence) whom I respect and like, along with a lot of guys whom I respect and like. If any of you in the photo don't want this to be the photo for the petition, please let me know and I'll change it.

      Thanks - more later!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Margaret Pace ADDISON, TX
      • 10 months ago

      I was raped and sexually abused. I need surgery to recover physically. I am hoping to find the right doctor that will help me one day. No doctor that I have visited has helped me which gives me a grim outlook on our country. I am hoping that this petition will spread the message of hope that maybe there will be hope for victims of a crime to receive medical aid.

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    • Jason Bartlett RIVERSIDE, RI
      • about 1 year ago

      Transgender people are banned from joining the military. Sign this petition to help get the ball rolling: https://www.change.org/petitions/united-states-military-lift-the-ban-on-transgender-people-in-the-military and like the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/transmilitary We need as many people as possible to support this cause in order to show the government this is an important cause. "Don't ask don't tell" isn't over yet. The military still discriminates against transgender people. Don't ask don't tell only affected sexual orientation. Gender Dysphoria is now the classification in the DSW medical book so the military has no reason to discriminate based on the fact that a mental health diagnosis can prevent transgender people from serving in the military. Unfortunately, at this time they can prevent transgender people from serving in the United Stated military. Add transgender people the the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. Let equal rights and safety for all transgender people be possible! Don't ask, don't tell needs to be repealed for all, including transgender individuals. All transgender people deserve the same rights as every other United States citizen serving the country. Be that serving openly in the military, marrying the person they love or just walking down the street without risking being beaten or killed just because we live our lives differently than thinks is the "proper" way.

      Here are some articles about it: The New DADT: The Military's Ban on Transgender Service: http://outservemag.com/2012/01/the-new-dadt-the-militarys-ban-on-transgender-service/ and http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2012/10/for-transgendered-soldiers-dont-ask-dont-tell-carries-on/264225/

      My dad always dreamed of me joining the Coast Guard. As a kid, like passing by, he'd be like "[Jason], that’s the Coast Guard. They pay for school and its fun." So, it stuck. Passing by the Coast Guard with my dad was just as important as going to a nature walk with him, because he was concerned about my future, and those times I’ll never forget. Please sign the petition to help his dream and mine for other transgender people come true.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      Victims of sexual violence, the victims because of their sex and which is the case of women, girls, female children worldwide with an alarming statistic. We can speak of a worldwide epidemic of violence against women, girls and female children here .The causes of sexual violence must be combated and eliminated worldwide.

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    • Orlando Pandolfi WOBURN, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because we must stop any kind of violence in order to evolve as human beings

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    • Mike Bauer JOPLIN, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      Men should want to prevent violence against women because it could happen to their wives, daughters, and girl friends.

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