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Petition to Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, Jeff Bezos

Stop cosmetic surgery apps aimed at kids: #surgeryisnotagame

Hi, my name is Danni Rowlands and I am the representative for The Butterfly Foundation, EMBodIED & Endangered Bodies Australia. This is one of eight linked petitions by Endangered Bodies directed at Apple, Google and Amazon. As a mother of a daughter and son, I truly hope that as my children grow, I can teach and show them how to respect their bodies and that they know their appearance does not determine their lovability, success or happiness in life. Parenting has never been easy but with technology constantly advancing and our society’s obsession with appearance and perfection intensifying all the time, I feel it has become even more challenging to raise self-assured, body confident and resilient children.  This became overwhelmingly evident when I stumbled across an app titled ‘Plastic Surgery Simulator’ for kids and I was horrified to learn that it was one of many. These free apps, targeting our children introduce the concept of cosmetic surgery far too young, encouraging children to look for faults and flaws in appearance and to see permanently, surgically changing a person’s features as a solution – as a game - which it most definitely is not.  What upset me most was the accompanying descriptions which in a few words, manage to reduce our girls and boys to meaningless objects, where looking perfect is the most important attribute. These messages 100% contradict the values I am striving to instil in my children. They are not just a bit of fun, or a harmless game. There can be some very serious consequences on a child and their mental health as puberty and adolescence is a time where the risk of body dissatisfaction is great and apps such as these only further reinforce dissatisfaction and insecurities in our young people. Having worked in the prevention of eating disorders for over 10 years, with The Butterfly Foundation and collaborating with the EMBodIED team at La Trobe University, I am passionate, dedicated and committed to challenging the unfair pressures and ideals that our young people – and my own children - are bombarded with.  I am signing this petition as a parent, a person who has a lived experience and an advocate for positive body image, to encourage Apple, Google and Amazon to develop and implement policy and screening tools that prevent apps containing cosmetic surgery being made available to children. The above images are examples of the many plastic surgery apps available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon App Store. These cosmetic surgery apps, which often feature animated characters, are being marketed to kids as young as nine, a target group that is already influenced by our body-toxic culture. Our societies are saturated with images of perfect and unattainable bodies, with over 21 million cosmetic procedures being performed throughout the world in 2015 according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The dissatisfaction many adults face with their bodies has trickled down to our children. Statistics from The National Eating Disorder Association in the U.S. show 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat. In the UK, the 2016 Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey found more than a third of girls aged seven to ten felt women were valued more for their appearance than their abilities. Globally, children deserve to be challenged and inspired by their toys, not to spend their free time worrying about how they look. On January 14, 2014, Endangered Bodies supported the UK-based Twitter account Everyday Sexism in its call to remove plastic surgery apps aimed at children featured on iTunes and the Google Play store. Within 24 hours, both platforms removed the flagged apps. Although neither platform released an official statement, their choice to remove these “games” indicates that they recognize the potential harm they can cause. Deceptively designed as children’s games, the apps encourage users to slice virtual patients apart using scalpels, syringes, and other tools used in surgical settings. By making cosmetic surgery apps available for download, Apple, Google and Amazon are allowing companies to stoke and profit from the insecurities of children. We at Endangered Bodies challenge the toxic culture that promotes negative body image. Cosmetic surgery apps, which promote body dissatisfaction and shame, are not games that should be marketed to vulnerable young people. Although in some cases (where games have age-based ratings) it is possible for parents to limit access to these games through parental controls, we believe that further action is needed. Apple, Google and Amazon need to scrutinise the apps that already feature an age rating to ensure the content isn’t in fact directed at younger children, using the age limit as a way to still offer their app for download. In other words, we don’t want these platforms to use the age rating system as justification to continue to offer these apps, which are clearly designed for children. Please sign this petition to ask Apple, Google and Amazon to implement a policy which is clear to every developer, that they will not accept any such apps that are targeted at children and make a commitment to protect the mental health of their young users.  

Endangered Bodies, The Butterfly Foundation, EMBodiED
20,959 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, Senator George Brandis, Honourable Diana Bryant, Honourable BIll Shorten, Senator Derryn Hinch, The Hon Mark Dreyfus, Ms Megan Mitchell, Professor Gillian Triggs, Mr Edward Santow

Sign Petition! Investigate #Corruption, #ChildAbuse & #ParentAbuse in #FamilyCourt NOW!

FAMILY COURTS' CRIMINAL KID$ 4 CA$H APPROACH The draconian laws of the Family Courts and the administration of these laws manipulated by corrupt legal practitioners and the "Experts" they assign to write Reports to the Court, protect its administrators, report writers, lawyers, barristers, judicial officers and a $5 billion (2008 figures) Family Court Industry that is the envy of all other legal juristictions in Australia both in the amount of money its lawyers and barristers make (at the cost of destruction of young, voiceless, innocent lives) and the outrageous discretion and judicial  impunity enjoyed by its judicial officers.   The forbidding cost (monetary, emotional, physical) of brininging to justice individuals in a corrupt system by those who are already victims of the greed and rampant corruption in the Family Courts of Australia, has allowed this system to continue to abuse innocent people and allow corrupt legal practitioners to pervert the course of justice in its current disgraceful state on a daily basis. Family Courts continue to punish the family violence victims who find the courage against all odds to stand against their abusers.  The currency of Family Court is blood and tears of innocent people.  The results are lining of pockets of corrupt family court solicitors, barristers, report writers and others.   The less good people stand up against the conduct tolerated and supported in the Family Court, the more arrogant the Family Court legal practitioners and its report writers will become. Please stand up and make your voice count against the rampant corruption that is in the texture and DNA of a system that rewards the solicitors, barristers, report writers and judges at the cost of devastation and destruction of the very victims of family violence and abuse who turn to these courts for protection.  Family Court of Australia continues to put at risk the lives and well being of those it is supposed to protect, the Children!  Nothing can be reported to the media. No professional body can Hear complaints in relation to any unlawful or illegal conduct of those that the Famaily Court protects.  Judges have absolute power to make Orders that affect Children under such protectionist system.   They rely on "Expert Reports" to protect themsleves.  No one can question these so called "Experts".  Expert Reports can be purchased.  It seems that Court Orders can be purchased.  It seems justice can be purchased in the Family Court. In its 30 plus years of operation, Australia's youth suicide rate has reached number 1 in the developed world.  The majority of victims of youth suicide in Australia come from broken homes. In 2015, more young people aged 15-24 died of suicide in Australia than of any other cause. How we treat the most volunerable in our country should be the envy of the developed world instead we fail our children time and time in horrific circumstances.  Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2014 CDC WISQARS) Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. (2014 CDC WISQARS) More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED. Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,240 attempts by young people grades 7-12. Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs These are fertile grounds for corruption of the highest degree.  Any allegation of corruption and misconduct within the Court Sydnem can only be investigated by the Family Court itself behind closed doors.   No one knows of the nature and outcome of complaints.   There is no independent body to investigate the complaint about judicial misconduct of a Family Court Judge in our country. Unlike any other State or federal Judge, family Court Judges' misconduct is examined before other judges of the Family Court. Complaints about judicial conduct can not be heard other than in the unforgiving process of Appeal, where other Judges of the Family Court hear the Appeal. There needs to be an independent Royal Commission into the suffering of victims of Family Courts, the conduct of corrupt legal practitioners, the appointment of "Experts" to write reports,..., to alleviate the injustice and harm bestowed upon innocent children and parents for decades.   #EnoughIsEnough

Jack & Jill Sanders
7,495 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton (Australian Immigration Minister), Hon Alex Hawke, Australian Immigration and Border Protection

Minister Peter Dutton, Australia is not a Safe Haven for Crimes against children

I am an Australian child and seeking Justice for two attempts on my life and the accused is a Filipino who is taking refuge in Australia on a Visa to hide from her crimes. Two (2) Warrants have been issued in the Philippines for two (2) counts of Attempted Murder. The accused fled to Australia to avoid prosecution after Sexually Abusing another child in the Philippines, and a Warrant for Child Sexual Abuse is also expected within weeks. Since the second attempt on my life I have suffered traumatic nightmares every night and I need Justice. Under Section 501 (Character Test) of the Australian Migration Act the accused should have had her Visa cancelled. Minister Dutton you recently said, Quote: "I want to concentrate very closely on child sex offenders and people that have committed offences against children... If I do nothing else in my time in parliament, I'd be very proud of just that," Minister Dutton, Australia should not be a refuge for Wanted people to hide from crimes against children. We are waiting for you to act on child sex offenders and people that have committed offences against children. You can start with my Case which involves Child Sexual Abuse and Attempted Murder of a child, protect the Australian community and give us Justice. Name of Accused withheld so she does not get my petition deleted again!

1,026 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to George Brandis, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

End recognition of Scientology as a religion in Australia

It is well known that in Australia, churches are exempt from taxation, due to religious freedom. Less well known is that the Church of Scientology (CoS) is regarded as a religion, rather than a cult, and is therefore also tax-exempt. This petition is intended to call for the removal of Scientology's tax-exempt status. But 'why?', you might ask. Well, the CoS has been found on numerous occasions to have horrifically abused many in the Church, as well as using immoral methods to get their way, such as blackmail. The CoS is no better than an unethical business scheme.   One of the CoS's more notorious methods is their 'Attack the Attacker' policy. Below is L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church, describing the policy. Spot who is attacking us. Start investigating them promptly for felonies or worse using own professionals, not outside agencies. Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them. Start feeding lurid, blood, sex, crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press. Don't ever tamely submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way. You can get "reasonable about it" and lose. Sure we break no laws. Sure we have nothing to hide. BUT attackers are simply an anti-Scientology propaganda agency so far as we are concerned. They have proven they want no facts and will only lie no matter what they discover. So BANISH all ideas that any fair hearing is intended and start our attack with their first breath. Never wait. Never talk about us—only them. Use their blood, sex, crime to get headlines. Don't use us. I speak from 15 years of experience in this. There has never yet been an attacker who was not reeking with crime. All we had to do was look for it and murder would come out.— Attacks on Scientology, "Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter", 25 February 1966   Another tactic used by the CoS is the Fair Game policy. Individuals or groups who are "Fair Game", known as 'suppressive persons' are judged to be a threat to the Church and, according to the policy, can be punished and harassed using any and all means possible. These people "May be deprived of property or injured by any means...May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed" (taken from HCOPL Oct. 18, 1967 Issue IV, Penalties for Lower Conditions). If a relative of a CoS member is judged to be a suppressive person, the Scientologist is barred from coming in contact with them. In some cases, parents haven't seen their children for over 13 years.   Possibly the most disturbing part of CoS doctrine is R2-45. This has been described by Hubbard as "an enormously effective process for exteriorization but its use is frowned upon by this society at this time". In CoS doctrine, exteriorization refers to the separation of the thetan (soul) from the body. R2-45 is said to be a process by which exteriorization could be produced by shooting a person in the head with a .45 pistol.   While the rumor that Hubbard made a bar bet with Robert A. Heinlein that he could start a cult is unproven, many witnesses have reported Hubbard making statements in their presence that starting a religion would be a good way to make money. These statements have led many to believe that Hubbard hid his true intentions and was motivated solely by potential financial rewards. Editor Sam Merwin, for example, recalled a meeting: "I always knew he was exceedingly anxious to hit big money—he used to say he thought the best way to do it would be to start a cult." Writer and publisher Lloyd Arthur Eshbach reported Hubbard saying "I'd like to start a religion. That's where the money is." Writer Theodore Sturgeon reported that Hubbard made a similar statement at the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society. Likewise, writer Sam Moskowitz reported in an affidavit that during an Eastern Science Fiction Association meeting on November 11, 1948, Hubbard had said "You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion." It can be noted that this isn't anti-Scientology slander, as it was stated before the foundation of the CoS. In fact, to rise up the ranks of the CoS and gain more 'knowledge', you must pay money. Some ex-Scientologist celebrities have lost millions to this cult.   These are just some of the CoS's unsavoury actions and policies. Other atrocities even include murder. More of this cult's crimes can be found here. Yet despite all this, the CoS continues to be classified as a religion. Removal of this false label will sound the beginning of the end of this cult in Australia, and mark the beginning of the mental, economic and social liberation of hundreds of vulnerable people.   Please help us, and support this petition.

Andrew Baines
892 supporters