Petition to Maneka Gandhi, Manohar Lal, Kavita Jain, Rekha sharma
Stricter laws in Haryana on crime against women
To Smt. Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women & Child Development Shri. Manohar Lal, Chief Minister of Haryana Smt. Kavita Jain, Minister for Women and Child Development Haryana Government Ms. Rekha Sharma, Chairperson - National Commission for Women The recent Rewari gangrape has shocked the nation. The rape of a 19 year old CBSE topper was a planned crime. This unfortunately, is not the first time such a dreadful crime has taken place in Haryana. The dire situation of women in Haryana is further highlighted by the following stats. As per a Hindustan Times article in September 2016, Haryana recorded 1.6 rapes per lakh women according to the NCRB 2015 report. This was the highest in the country in 2015. The article also stated that Haryana had the second highest rate of dowry deaths in the country at 1.9 women per lakh women. Hindustan Times, reported on Sept 15, 2018, that there has been a 47% increase in rape cases in the state and more than 100% increase in cases of kidnapping of women as compared to 2014-15. These numbers provide a shocking view of the current situation of women in Haryana. Although, the higher numbers may also be a result of more women taking the courage to come out in the open and file an FIR, we still can't ignore the fact that these numbers are real and signify the risk women face in the state. There are a few points which we would like to address via this petition. 1) Fast-tracking of the Rewari gang rape case 2) Imposing stricter laws for crime against women and children in Haryana (with hopes of extending it to the entire country) 3) Change in the education curriculum in Haryana to sensitise children and increase their awareness regarding such crimes and why they occur. 1) The arrest and trial of the accused in the case is the need of the hour. Although, three arrests have been made (at the time of writing of this petition) there are more people involved and we demand that immediate action is taken to ensure the accused are nabbed. The brutal gangrape in Rewari is not the first to happen in the state, but the punishment that would be served to the guilty should be so severe that it makes a powerful statement, which acts as a warning for people planning such terrible crimes in the future. 2) To bring to light the increasing crime against women in the state of Haryana. We want action to be taken to solve the issues of crime against women and children. There need to be stricter laws and quick action that needs to be taken to punish perpatrators of such crimes. Jailing terms need to be made stricter. On 28th Feb 2018, the Hindu reported that the Haryana government had decided to make amendments to Sections 376A, 376D, 354 and 354 D(2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). This is a positive step since it promises to take strict action against such criminals (once proven guilty). The official statement said the following: “In case of rape or gang rape of a girl below 12 years of age, there will be a punishment of death or rigorous imprisonment of not less than 14 years which may extend to imprisonment for life — that is for remainder period of person’s natural life.” We would like for this to be strictly followed and implemented and modified to include ALL rapes and not just rape of girls below 12 years of age. 3) In addition to stricter measures, radical changes need to be made to what children are taught in schools. Students must be made aware of such brutal crimes and what steps need to be taken if they ever face such a horrendous situation. We think there should be compulsory classes for self defence for girls in schools and education must focus on teaching boys and girls how to respect each other. In addition to this, boys and girls must both be taught the importance of consent. Girls must be taught the penalty of filing fake cases and boys must be taught the punishment for committing a crime against a woman. Once we educate our children, teach our men how to behave and impose stricter punishments, we will have a better country and a better living situation for everybody. We need to be able to build a better future for our children in which boys and girls are treated with equal respect.
Petition to Kim Ogg, Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton
Justice for a 15 year old sexual assault survivor.
In 2014, I was sexually assaulted by my best friends father of 14 years. The defendent has a criminal record, multiple injuries to children, family, and friends. I immediately went to the police and filed a report. Upon doing so, I had to undergo medical treatment, costing out of pocket for STD preventatives, rape kits, and therapy. After a few months, the DNA results came in. The defendent harassed me, along with his family, showing up to my work place, passing by my house, vandalizing my personal property. I have a stack of police reports from the defendant violating his bond, but it was never revoked. In 2016, the defendent was sentenced three years in prison, where he was then released from jail a month later on a mistrial, resulting he reside back three houses away from my residence. I was refused my right to file a restraining order against him. It's now 2017 and I have not received justice for something that was proved three years ago. So many rape cases go unsolved for years, this is the issue with sexual assault laws. We need to change the punishment for these crimes. My childhood, at 15, was ripped out from under me. So many children endure the same pain. We need to stand up and make a change! Kim Ogg, and Ken Paxton can put this in motion.
Petition to University of Missouri Kansas City
Remove John Martellaro From the position of Director of Media Relations at UMKC
Recently when asked about the rape of a female student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, John Martellaro, Director of Media Relations at UMKC, in response to concerns about the security at the dorms Martello said, "This is not necessarily a security issue because the victim went out willingly with the suspect. It was after socializing that she was taken advantage of, or raped, whatever you might call it" Current students, faculty, and alumni are appalled by his statements and request he be relieved of his position immediately. Additional Request: 1. Required re-training and educating of employee’s working for the University of Missouri-Kansas City System that addresses the failed implementation of rules and procedures regarding sexual assault and rape on the campus and in campus sanctioned events. 2. Expansion of Title IX training and educating to include mandatory conducting of UMKC specific anti-sexual assault PSAs during transfer and freshman orientation. 3. The creation and full funding of a student led accountability board that is tasked with keeping administration officials in check by reviewing incidents of violence on campus and at campus sanctioned events, lack of response and enforcement of policy by University officials, and also instances of violence caused by university staff. This board will have the ability to hire and fire administrators and university staff based on a set of criteria that will be established at a later date. 4. A re-evaluation of current policy, creation of new policy, and adoption of said policies that addresses the inherent racist biases of responses to patriarchal violence insofar as they hyper-sexualize, hyper-masculinize, and demonize people of color and many oppressed genders. 5. The creation of a UMKC specific study on campus rape and rape culture, with the intention of collecting evidence-based information relevant to fostering effective policies/programs to combat rape culture, sexual assault, and risk factors that nurture an unsafe environment on campus.
Petition to American Eagle Outfitters
American Eagle take down rape culture ad
Above is the advertisement posted by American Eagle. Here is the link to see the full size photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BbU2fOSAEpn/?taken-by=americaneagle American Eagle Outfitters recently posted an advertisement showing a woman standing above a half dressed man with the woman's legs spread apart and the view you get of the woman is only her legs and private areas. This advertisement is provocative and suggestive. Rape culture is real. Rape culture is prevalent. Rape culture victimizes women and devalues survivors and their stories. American Eagle should not condone rape culture along with any other companies on media sources. As a long time customer of American Eagle I am disappointed and angry. I will no longer support this company if they continue to encourage this kind of culture. If American Eagle Outfitters were to take down and remove their advertisement from all media sources and give a public apology it will encourage other companies on media sources to rethink the way they advertise their products and protect women. Women are already degraded in enough ways. Companies like American Eagle Outfitters should be protecting and empowering women; especially when such a large part of their profits come from women. Rape culture is not okay and something needs to be done in the way that media portrays women. Please sign & share this petition to take a stance on this prevalent issue in the United States and all over the world.
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.
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.
Petition to North Carolina Senate
Pass Senate Bill 563 in North Carolina
Since 2015, North Carolina State Sen. Jeff Jackson, D-Mecklenburg, has (and others have) been trying to pass Senate Bill 563. This bill would criminalize/illegalize the continuation of sexual acts if one or more parties revokes consent during said act(s). It could also lead to the criminalization/illegalizing of the rape of a willingly (as in, by their own actions/choice) incapacitated person. It could also lead to the criminalization/illegalizing of the drugging of drinks. As of now, none of those actions are illegal in North Carolina. If these actions, these crimes, remain legal, North Carolina is telling its constituents that their bodies and minds and souls and ABILITY TO CONSENT do not matter. Senate Bill 563 NEEDS to be passed, otherwise rapists will continue to avoid the law, seeing as right now the law benefits them. Please sign this petition to encourage the North Carolina Senate to pass Senate Bill 563. More information
Petition to Congressman John Lewis, Karen Bass, Maxine Waters
JOHN LEWIS & CBC MUST WITHDRAW CO-SPONSORSHIP OF THE GAY EQUALITY ACT OF 2019-2020
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.