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Petition to American Medical Association

Call on the AMA to recommend policies that protect patients in comas and vegetative states

An Apache woman in a vegetative state for 14-years just gave birth at the Hacienda HealthCare clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. There’s absolutely no way she could have consented to intercourse. Staff didn’t even know she was pregnant until she was effectively giving birth. Due to disabilities, she's been at this facility for the majority of her life. Her family is devastated and outraged that their daughter was raped at a facility intended to care for her unique needs. The facility is doing genetic testing on male staff to find the father, and requiring male staff be accompanied by a female staff member when dealing with patients. These actions after the fact cannot take away that a woman in a coma was raped and gave birth at this facility. Women in vegetative states shouldn’t be violated. Tell the American Medical Association (AMA) to create policy recommendations that protect patients in vegetative states and comas from sexual assault and rape. Noticeably absent is America’s largest medical association. The AMA has no policies requiring male staff be accompanied by female staff when dealing with coma patients. Coma patients and those in vegetative states are uniquely vulnerable to sexual assault. Tell the AMA to create recommendations for policies that put coma patients first - protect coma patients from rape. The AMA should create policies for facilities to follow if they are caring for patients in comas or vegetative states. Those policies could include: requiring male staff be accompanied by female staff, and monitoring who goes in and out of patient rooms through sign in sheets and cameras. These patients can’t speak for themselves. Tell the AMA to protect patients in vegetative states and comas. This woman is not alone. Other women who have been in comas for half a decade or more have been impregnated at facilities in Massachusetts and New York as well. Coma patients and patients in vegetative states shouldn’t be put into situations that allow them to be violated by caretakers or visitors. Tell the AMA to create a guiding policy that keeps these patients safe.  

Linda McNamara
1,444 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Nicholas S. Zeppos, Jeffrey Balser

Vanderbilt: Don’t fire Prof. BethAnn McLaughlin for standing against sexual harassment

Professor BethAnn McLaughlin is a leader in the movement to end sexual assault and harassment in higher education. She launched, where women have posted their experience of being harassed by colleagues; she’s personally councled over 200 survivors and witnesses of assault; she’s been a witness in cases of sexual harassment at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches. But because of her courageous stance against sexual harassment, Professor McLaughlin's is poised to lose her job on February 28. Sign now to tell Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos to immediately reverse the decision to fire Professor McLaughlin. After Prof. McLaughlin became a witness in a sexual harassment complaint against a member of her department, the accused professor called for an investigation into Prof. McLaughlin herself. He stated that she has posted anonymous, derogatory tweets about colleagues. This probe stalled her promotion process for nearly a year and a half. The probe into Prof. McLaughlin was closed without any formal discipline, and soon after Prof. McLaughlin was finally approved for tenure by a committee of her own peers. The Dean of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Jeffrey Balser, then asked the committee to reconsider. Prof. McLaughlin’s promotion recommendation was ultimately reversed, putting her job at immediate risk. The tenure process is the means by which a professor's contributions to the academic community recognize the scholarship, teaching, and service to their peers. When administrators pressure faculty to reverse their decision on tenure, they bring politics and fear into a process that should be objective and independent. Even the appearance of administrative interference strikes a blow against academic freedom and the expectation of scholarly independence. As a professor of Physiology & Biophysics, I know that gender harassment is the norm in academic sciences. Women in my profession and students who aspire to join it are facing a culture of retaliation at every turn. BethAnn McLaughlin has challenged this culture at her own university and far beyond, evening winning the Disobedience Award for ethical, nonviolent civil disobedience. Her work has been an inspiration to me and other women in STEM across the country. BethAnn is every one of us. Nicholas Zeppos, Chancellor of Vanderbilt University, must support the continuation of Prof. McLaughlin as faculty. The impact of his decision will be felt by the nearly two thirds of women in academic sciences who have recently experienced sexual harassment and by those who support them. Prof. McLaughlin has embodied the values of fairness, accountability, and stewardship in her activism. Now we ask Chancellor to adopt these values and allow her to keep her job.

Sharona Gordon
11,025 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Valve Corporation

Tell Steam Software to Ban the "Rape Day" video game

Valve Corporation creators of the Steam gaming platform announced it would permit any software that was not illegal or "straight up trolling" on its gaming platform. Though this may have enabled software and game developers great latitude in creativity and expression of freedom of speech it should not be done without a moral and socially just conscious. "Rape Day" an adult only title (which has not yet been released) allows players to "verbally harass, kill and rape women" through storyline gameplay. In a time when our country is fighting to protect immigrants, women, young adults and the general public from sexual assault, violence and human trafficking video games should not encourage this lude, unlawful and disgusting subject matter to be a source of profit. “You can’t reasonable [sic] consider banning rape in fiction without banning murder and torture,” the developer says. Though violent games are intended for adult and mature audience, WE THE PEOPLE disavow this socially irresponsible action which breaches the social trust and responsibility of good corporate citizenship values of Valve Corporation. As such, we demand that the Steam network and Valve Corporation amend its policies to prohibit such horrific content from its gaming platforms. Rape is not a joke, it's not a game and certainly not an opportunity for profit. Rape is a horrific crime against humanity. Sincerely, Brett Kokinadis and PetitionersFounder, New Mexico Democrats for Democracy Ref:

New Mexico Democrats for Democracy
73 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to White House, President of the United States

Support The Protection Of Women By Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act

The hashtag “WhyIDidn’tReport” was trending on Twitter in September. A few memorable Tweets talk about how victims had reported… and then been disparaged, dismissed, and blamed. As the topic of rape becomes more and more discussed among the American people, it’s important to consider how legislation can help to prevent further crimes against victims of harassment and sexual assault, especially women, who experience 91% of rape and sexual assault ( )( ) On September 30th, 2018, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), first enacted in 1994 and most recently renewed in 2013, expired ( ) What this means is that the effects this law had on the American people and the ways that it protected them no longer apply, putting roughly 51% of the American population at great risk. Prior to the expiry of this act, Texas House Representative Jackson Lee proposed the bill titled Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018 on July 26th, 2018 ( ) The most recent action on this bill was taken on September 19th, 2018, referring it to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. Unfortunately for American women, this means that the bill has not yet been passed into law, and as of today, February 22nd, 2018, the women of our nation no longer have VAWA to “hold[…] rapists accountable for their crimes by strengthening federal penalties for repeat sex offenders and creating a federal “rape shield law,” which is intended to prevent offenders from using victims’ past sexual conduct against them during a rape trial; • mandat[e…] that victims, no matter their income levels, are not forced to bear the expense of their own rape exams or for service of a protection order”, not to mention the other purposes for VAWA that no longer protect women after its expiration ( ) Without this act in place, American women will continue to fail to report rape or harassment, or be discounted, threatened, attacked, or further harassed if they do report.

Madeleine B
5 supporters