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Petition to Secretary of Education

Release the Names of Secondary Schools Under Investigation for Mishandling Cases of Sexual Assault

Last year multiple teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped by the same classmate and then bullied out of their school. Their peers blamed and shamed them, and the school administration was ill-equipped to handle these cases. The perpetrator wasn’t arrested until we formed the group Yes All Daughters and staged a protest in response to the school administration's mishandling of these cases. We must hold schools like Norman High accountable for their inaction. Sign our petition to tell the Department of Education it is time they release the names of secondary schools under investigation for the criminal negligence of sexual assault cases. High school girls are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual assault, yet too many schools nationwide are not being proactive in combating rape and sexual violence among their students. After our protest at Norman High School, Oklahoma passed a law to train teachers and administrators on how to respond to survivors of sexual assault to prevent further re-victimization. This year we helped pass key provisions of the Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015 – a law that requires schools to implement education programs to prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Under Title IX, every student has the right to go to school free from sexual harassment and gender-based violence and discrimination. This includes bullying of sexual assault survivors. In most cases administrators fail to understand their obligation under the law to protect victims. Incompetence in sexual assault cases is far too common. It is the responsibility of administrators to protect our children, and when they fail to do so they must be held accountable. Over the past few years the epidemic of sexual assault at colleges and universities has become national news. The Department of Education released a list of colleges and universities under investigation for Title IX violations in their handling of sexual assault cases -- but this information is not available publicly for middle and high schools. Join us in demanding the Department of Education publish the list of high schools being investigated for violating Title IX. Learn more about Yes All Daughters Learn more about SafeBAE  

Yes All Daughters
66,709 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to Mary Fallin, Lee Denney, Jeffrey Hickman

Hear Oklahoma House Bill 1362

We are a group of mothers, fathers, students, and concerned citizens in Oklahoma. We urgently need your help to make sure that a crucial bill to help stop the rape and victimization of young girls in our state is heard in the Oklahoma State House. HB 1362 is a vital bill that will ensure that victims have support, that school officials are trained to handle these situations, and that our students are effectively taught about consent and proper boundaries. It is essential that this bill is passed, not just for the safety of Oklahoma’s students, but also as a signal to the rest of the country that this type of legislation is needed to protect all of our young people. House Bill 1362 successfully made it out of the Common Education Committee on Tuesday, February 24th -- but now the real fight begins. The next step is a vote on the house floor, and if the bill is voted down it will be two more years before this essential legislation can be reintroduced.  Last fall, we organized the group Yes All Daughters after three teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped by the same classmate and then bullied out of school after they reported their assaults.We organized a peaceful protest and the school district responded by creating a task force to address issues related to victimization and bullying. The perpetrator was arrested following our protest and is currently awaiting trial on First Degree Rape charges. HB 1362 was introduced as a direct result of the assaults on these three girls, and our work to bring their stories to light. But the work is not done. There is no guarantee that the Oklahoma State House will pass this legislation, even though the rape and sexual assault of minors is still an enormous problem in Oklahoma. Last week, in the town just over from Norman, four more students (all aged 18 and 19) were arrested for the alleged gang rape of a girl under the age of 16. We cannot continue to let this problem go unchecked in our state. Girls ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault, yet this bill was not on the agenda until our last-ditch effort compelled legislators to read it in committee. We must demand that House Bill 1362 become a priority among the Oklahoma State Legislators. Sign the petition. Stand with us against sexual violence. No more silence. No more shame.

Yes All Daughters
36,473 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Protect Our Kids from Sexual Violence: Pass the Teach Safe Relationships Act

*Updated July 28th, 2015 Last fall, we organized the group Yes All Daughters and led a protest after multiple teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped by the same classmate and then bullied out of their school. The administration was ill-equipped to handle these cases, and their peers blamed and shamed them. The perpetrator was arrested following our protest and pled no contest to two counts of first degree rape on Monday, May 18, 2015. According to the Department of Justice, nearly 300,000 Americans are victims of rape and sexual assault each year.  Young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence. WE CAN DO BETTER. As a direct result of our effort, the state legislature introduced a bill addressing Sexual Assault Prevention Education in Oklahoma. Last week, our governor signed the legislation into law. THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015 requires schools across the nation to create curriculum that teaches kids about healthy relationships, how to spot abusive behavior, and promotes understanding of consent and sexual assault. It will teach teens where to turn for help, and ensures that help will be there when they do. It is imperative Congress passes this important legislation. We demand Congress provide funding for this legislation, including funding to coordinate this crucial initiative’s program development with state-level resources. The Bill has been added as a provision to the Every Child Achieves Act. We ask that you contact your legislators immediately to demand they support Title IV; Section D of the Every Child Achieves Act and that this language remains intact as the bill moves through Congress.   THIS CANNOT WAIT. Girls ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.  Educating teens about issues of consent and healthy relationships is essential to reversing these horrifying statistics. EDUCATION IS PREVENTION Sign Our Petition. Stand with us against Sexual Violence.  No more Silence. No more Shame.

Stacey Wright
97,776 supporters
Started 14 hours ago

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Protest Cuts to Lecturer Positions Effective May 2018 at the University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire has just made significant cuts to lecturer positions in several departments in the College of Liberal Arts.  Cuts to lecturer positions will directly affect the quality of education at the University as well as the course options available to students.  Students at UNH should expect to have access to a wide-range of courses that will prepare them to succeed in an increasingly global economy.  Long-serving and committed lecturers in French, Spanish, Arabic, ESL, English, History, and Political Science have been informed that their contracts will not be renewed.  It is not yet clear what other programs have been affected.  We must make our voices heard, so that students can take the courses they need with the qualified teachers they deserve. Steps you can take to help: 1.  Sign this petition and share it on social media with as many people as possible.  You can add a personalized comment.   2.  Send a personal message by email, phone, or regular mail (especially important for alumni and donors) to express your concern with these cuts. Board Of Trustees: System of New Hampshire5 Chenell Drive, Suite 301Concord, NH 03301(603) 862 0963 Chancellor: Todd Leach: todd.leach@usnh.eduUniversity System of New Hampshire5 Chenell Drive, Suite 301Concord, NH 03301(603) 862 0963 President Mark Huddleston: of the PresidentUniversity of New HampshireThompson Hall105 Main StreetDurham, NH 03824 USA(603) 862 2450 UNH Provost Nancy Targett: Academic.Affairs@unh.edu105 Main StreetThompson Hall 207Durham, NH 03824(603) 862 - 3290 Dean of COLA: Heidi Bostic: heidi.bostic@unh.eduCollege of Liberal ArtsUniversity of New Hampshire110 Murkland Hall15 Library WayDurham, NH 03824(603) 862-2062 3.  For NH tax payers: Please write to to request the COLA/UNH budget, so you can see for yourself where the money is going. To Whom It May Concern:I have recently learned that the University of New Hampshire is cutting important teaching positions in the humanities and especially in languages.  I am a concerned citizen and taxpayer in New Hampshire and I'm writing to request information on the COLA budget and the University as a whole.  I need to understand why positions that directly affect students’ learning are being cut when it appears that the University has funds for projects that do not directly affect education.  Please send information about the budget to:Your name, address, and e-mail.   4.  Contact your state senators and representatives to remind them of the importance of studying a language and having qualified teachers to help students reach their goals.- Who is your Executive Councilor? Who are your representatives and senators?

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