rape culture

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Petition to U.S. Senate, President of the United States, Connecticut State Senate, Connecticut State House, Rosa L. DeLauro, Gary A. Winfield, University of New Haven

Demand justice for victims of violent crimes! Reduce the backlog of DNA evidence in CT!

The target audience for this project is American citizens who are unaware of the problems that crime labs face. However, to be able to make the most change we are reaching out to senators who have the power to enact change on the budget. The problem of backlog can affect anyone who happens to be involved in a crime be it the victim or the accused. If there was more awareness surrounding the issue, then there may be more of a push for a resolution. This project will educate people on how detrimental a faulty criminal justice system can be on society. It will also inspire people to request a change in how the funds that are set aside for crime labs Problem statement: Victims of violent crimes are not receiving justice due to the significant backlog of DNA in state crime labs. Problem description: A real problem, detrimental to our criminal justice process, is growing before our eyes. The criminal justice system has been experiencing a concerning trend when it comes to the issue of evidence backlog in crime labs all across the nation. More specifically, DNA evidence is a majority of this problem. At first it was just considered a forensics issue but now it is really a dilemma for a majority of U.S. citizens because everyone from perpetrators to victims are being affected. We know this problem has been growing due to a couple different factors. One being the dramatization of forensic science by shows like CSI that are “aimed at capitalizing on the public’s current fascination with contemporary forensic science,” meaning everyday citizens that serve on juries etc. (Pratt et al. 34). This is the more indirect reason, so it is debated upon in some articles. However, we do know that the CSI effect may lead these people to believe that there needs to be a plethora of evidence and the expectation to be seeing an unrealistic amount of evidence from prosecutors and defense lawyers due to dramatized images they are seeing online, creating more pressure on crime labs at the end of the chain (Call 53). The other major reason that this issue is becoming more and more prevalent backed by research from the Criminal Justice Policy Review which took a look at the time it takes for a piece of evidence to be processed as well as the comparative times that a perpetrator will spend waiting in jail before they can have a trial. When DNA is not run, it is inhibiting a fair and speedy trial to both the offender and victim (Heinecke 85). Multiple collection methods were looked at with DNA collection standards and surveys to crime laboratory administrators showing ̶ ̶ ̶ ̶ just from their survey ̶ ̶ ̶ about 432,179 unsolved homicides and rape cases nationally with over 50% of those cases with some kind of biological evidence that hasn’t even been set out to a lab for testing (Pratt et al. 36). When we think about it, the fact that this figure is displaying shows how serious this problem is with DNA evidence in state crime labs: the evidence is so backed up that there is a separate line to send it to the backed-up lab. Therefore, how can victims receive justice (or even families of victims) if there will be such a long gap before finding a suspect and then prosecuting the potential suspect that might be found not guilty when everything is said and done (Strom 390). So far, we see that the government has tried to make attempts at resolving this problem by inefficiently just putting money towards it without really taking the time and effort to decide what they should really be investing in (Brandt 48-50). We see that looking forward, improving little processes that help speed up testing and analyzing the DNA samples makes the difference. For example, something as simple as standardized paperwork for the laboratory workers can speed things up tremendously. So, we see that is has proven futile when we immediately start to look at the big picture and the issues that lie there with money and workers when we need to start from the ground up (Brandt 49). In the end, there are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to this specific area because we need more research when it comes to “high throughput instruments,” (Nelson 2010) in the automation process, committing Type I errors (getting a false positive), and managing these results in a quicker manner.

Sara Hawa
50 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

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
1,516 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Congressman John Lewis, Karen Bass, Maxine Waters


 Congressman John Lewis (D-GA 5th Cong. Dist.) Must Repudiate the Gay Equality Act H.R. 5 (aka the Lewis-Pelosi Pedophile Amnesty Act) or Resign from Office   Congressman John Lewis' unbiblical, ahistorical, and unscientific decision to promote the diametrically-opposed issues of the Black people being a protected class with the legislative measures taken to remedy concerns of the largely affluent and white Homosexual Rights Movement is a disgrace to America, to African Americans, to Christianity and to women and minors. Lewis' obdurate, turpitudinous, irrational, injudicious, and irreverent decision to make the moral equivalence of persons sexual preference/addiction to those whose skin color is immutably rooted in their DNA  demonstrates a not so subtle contempt for Black Americans, the Constitution, the Christian faith, the canon of Civil Rights Law, and the health, welfare, and safety of women and those not of majority. Furthermore, Lewis' co-sponsorship of H.R. 5 manifest the deep defect in his character, judgment, and sanity--wherein a beloved Civil Rights icon and ordained  Baptist Minister would sully his good name and the true purpose of a movement that he suffered grievous bodily harm is psychiatrically intriguing and both shockingly inappropriate and immoral. For 32 years, Black voters have faithfully voted for John Lewis returning him to Congress 17 times, and this was based on his often overrated valor as a Civil Rights worker in the 1960s. Atlantans favored John over the late Julian Bond whom Lewis had scandalized with allegations of drug abuse in 1986. However, in retrospect, John Lewis' decision to become a prodigal slave to Cultural Marxism has made him a living scandal who has strayed from the orthodoxy of biblical Christianity which designates homosexuality, pedophilia, incest, bestiality, and abortion as abominations. As a member of Congress, Lewis has availed himself to blaspheme the Holy Scriptures in Leviticus 18 and 19, and he  has championed the abominations of homosexuality, abortion, and, now, pedophilia euphemistically called Minor-Attracted Persons (MAP) which come under the rubric of gender expression/gender identity in the Gay Equality Act of 2019-2020 (aka the Lewis-Pelosi Pedophile Amnesty Act).    What is at stake is the destruction of American family life and the American Christian tradition should John Lewis' and Nancy Pelosi's H.R. 5 be ratified into law in 2019. The enacting so-called Equality Act would result in the gross loss of Constitutional Rights for the 97 percent of American citizens which includes the loss of the right of freedom of belief, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, and freedom from undue search and seizure. Furthermore, H.R. 5 destroys all accepted conventions of existing gender/sexuality protocols between men and women and minors and adults. The origin of this so-called Equality Act is rooted in anomie and extremist, anti-family, atheistic, radical post-modernist, Kinseyan, feministic, insatiable homosexual theories lacking any scientific foundation or documented evidence of having any redeeming value. These dangerous and anti-American, anti-family, anti-male, anti-female, anti-child, and anti-Christian ideas would most assuredly foment social chaos and putrify the social fabric of American life as we know it.  Therefore, the Gay Equality Act will place millions of vulnerable children, women, and insecure families at risk of untold increases in sexual and psychological abuse and trauma unnecessarily. Given the fragile state of many American families and the already difficult developmental challenges of our youth,  H.R. 5  sponsored by Rev. John Lewis is a moral ethical bridge too far in the direction of moral declension and societal decay. We demand for the sake of our children and those unborn whom deserve a better America that John Lewis all other Congressional Black Caucus members repudiate the Gay Equality Act or face an enraged and energized Black American voting population that has been awakened by this and other atrocious laws and political malpractice of the so-called "Conscience of the Congress" that long ago sold them out for a mess of lobbyist pottage. John Lewis, we demand that you be a part of saving America, and, herewith, denounce the Gay Equality Act or encounter a collective effort to end your political career. Your years of running unopposed have ended.  The choice is yours whether you wish to be remembered for the yeoman work you did in the 1960s and in politics or be reviled as the patron saint of child molesters and sexually confused bullies. By any means necessary the Congressional Black Caucus will be brought to heel.  

Dr. Randy Short
271 supporters