30,000 signatures – but Target putting $$ over violence against women: please read and share!
Dec 3, 2014 — Thank you for your ongoing support for this petition. To see the petition rapidly rise to almost 30000 signatures in just a few days gives me hope that the community is willing to speak out against sexualised violence in video games.
I spoke with News.com.au who have published an article about the campaign today. (link: http://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/sex-workers-campaign-to-shut-down-grand-theft-auto-v-due-to-its-sexual-violence/story-e6frfrt9-1227143245292 ) Target spoke to news.com.au as well and has clearly missed the point, preferring to put $ ahead of women and girls rights.
“We’ve got to listen to our customers and there are as many defending the right to buy the game as there are who want it removed,” - Target spokesman Jim Cooper
How can Target possibly compare someone’s “right” to buy a sexually violent video game with women and girls right to live in a culture that is free from sexual violence?
I and others supporting this petition are well aware of those defending the game - we have received their threats, their abusive and intimidating messages. Supporters who have shared the petition online have been astounded at the level of abuse and harassment they have received in response. Some have removed the petition and have avoided engaging with the issue at all, in fear of the consequences.
We need to be more outspoken now than ever. We mustn’t give up now.
Wesfarmers - owner of Target - Managing Director Richard Goyder is a White Ribbon Day ambassador (link? http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/find-ambassadors?state=WA ) - presumably he took an oath to not remain silent or excuse violence against women. Now is the time for him to speak up.
Contact Richard Goyder and ask him to follow through on his oath. Tweet him here: https://twitter.com/RGoyder Message him here: https://www.wesfarmers.com.au/contact.html
Share the petition link widely - post the link to Facebook, Twitter and email to your friends and networks.
Thanks for your support!