Petition to Ernie Chambers, Adam Morfeld, Patty Pansing Brooks
Support the Morfeld, Chambers, and Pansing Brooks Amendments to LB46, Nebraska
Recognizing that 1,825 children are abused and neglected each day, that there are at least four child maltreatment fatalities each day, and that there are at least 9.2 victims per 1,000 children (American SPCC, 2017), we believe that child abuse awareness and prevention is a serious issue which deserves attention and support in Nebraska. Recognizing that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men are victims of rape and sexual assault in their lives, that 60% of reported rapes involve victims under the age of 18, that youths aged 12-17 are two to three times more likely to be victims than adults, that 82% of victims are assaulted or raped by someone they know, and that a rape is reported in the US about once every 5 minutes (Rape Treatment Center, 2017), we further believe that rape culture awareness and prevention is a serious issue which deserves attention and support in Nebraska. Thus, we, the undersigned, support the proposed amendments to LB46 by Senators Chambers, Pansing Brooks, and Morfeld. We, the undersigned, urge the Nebraska Legislature to stand up for victims of rape, sexual assault, child abuse, and neglect by supporting honest and accurate license plate options in Nebraska that contribute to the Nebraska Child Abuse Prevention Fund. References: American SPCC. (2017). Child abuse statistics: Statistics and facts about child abuse in the US (webpage). Retrieved from http://americanspcc.org/child-abuse-statistics/ Rape Treatment Center. (2017). Facts and quotes: Statistics (webpage). Retrieved from http://www.911rape.org/facts-quotes/statistics Referenced Bill and Amendments: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=31032 Petition Written by Board of Suit Up Nebraska http://www.suitupnebraska.org/
Petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Narinder Nath Vohra, rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad
Stop attacks on witnesses & lawyers of India's 8-Year-Old Rape Victim from Kathua
Witnesses and lawyers representing the 8-year-old Muslim girl who was gang-raped and murdered in Kathua, India, this year, are being attacked and intimidated, as the trial unfolds. We need to put a stop to this! Sign this petition and join Apne Aap and Equality Now to ask Prime Minister Modi to ensure that justice is not denied to her family! Despite the brutal nature of the crime committed by powerful men against an innocent child, some groups have politicized the case by presenting it falsely as a case against the Hindu community. They are running media trials, trolling, filing false cases, deflecting blame and holding rallies in support of the perpetrators and against the lawyers. Some of these rallies have been attended by ministers from the Prime Minister's ruling party. They are even hounding the entire nomadic shepherd community of Bakarwals, that the little girl belonged to. Attempts were been made to physically prevent the charges against the accused rapists being filed in court and later to weaken the investigation by shifting it to the CBI. Though an increasing number of rape cases are being reported in India every day, survivors of sexual violence struggle to get justice within the legal system. Between 2015 and 2016 alone there was an 82% spike in reported rapes of children. Another 133,000 rape cases were pending trial in the same year. Please sign the petition and raise your voice to demand a fair and impartial trial in the Kathua case, so that the family of the 8-year-old gets justice. Insist that the Modi government take immediate action to stop the intimidation and to address the larger systemic problem of sexual violence within the country. Thank you. Ruchira, Tinku, Divya with the Apne Aap and Equality Now team
Petition to Jack Dorsey
Conduct a large-scale shut down of accounts that tweet rape threats at women!
“You need to be raped...” This is one of many messages sent to women worldwide on social media every day. I know because I’ve received plenty of these threats. These intolerable comments are traumatic for me because I’ve been raped. I was drugged and brutally gang-raped by four men nearly 20 years ago. I still remember the fear and torment of being unable to take control of my own body or scream for help. I remember the intense pain I felt the next morning when I regained full consciousness. Not just physical pain, but intense mental and emotional pain that made me want to commit suicide. I would never wish that pain on anyone. Not even on my rapists. In 2014, I went public with my story. As a public rape survivor and activist, I use Twitter as a platform to spread my anti-violence message, but that same platform is being used by others to bully, terrorize, and threaten me. Unfortunately, Twitter does not take threats of rape seriously. Women receive the same response over and over when they reach out to Twitter for help: “Thank you for letting us know about your issue... the content doesn’t violate Twitter rules.” This is unacceptable. Threats of rape are used intentionally to terrorize women into submission and silence. Twitter bullies use rape threats because they know it instills a level of fear in women that can only rival the threat of murder. We cannot as a global society accept this kind of behavior. Twitter has block and mute features, but they’re not enough. They don't stop the threats, and they do nothing to stop Twitter from being a platform that fosters violence against women. We know that there are hundreds of thousands of users who have made these threats. I'm all for free speech, but threatening rape and the brutal violation of another's body is NOT something we should protect. Please stand with me and urge Twitter to begin a large scale shutdown of accounts that tweet rape threats. It’s time for Twitter to send the message to their users that the platform will not be used to promote threats of rape. It’s time for Twitter to listen and care about the requests of their female user base. NO ONE “needs to be raped...” Thank you to Chinmayi Sripada, whose petition in India inspired me to stand with her in solidarity and start the same petition in the United States. Join us and this global movement for this important change now.
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 Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Tony Cárdenas, Gavin Newsom
STOP FALSE ALLEGATIONS!
CHILD PROTECTION AGENCY REFORM!!
I SEEK A BILL OR LAW TO STOP THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN FAMILY SERVICES AND CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES FROM ILLEGALLY TAKING CHILDREN FROM THEIR HOMES AND ILLEGALLY ADOPTING THEM DUE TO ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE. I SEEK A NATIONWIDE BILL IN ALL 50 STATES TO STOP THIS WIDESPREAD CORRUPTION. I SEEK A LAW TO CAUSE CRIMINAL ,CIVIL AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND FINES FOR SOCIAL WORKERS,POLICE OFFICERS,JUDGES AND MEDICAL PROVIDERS AND "ANONYMOUS CHILD ABUSE CALLERS"BE JAILED FOR KNOWINGLY LYING,FALSIFYING REPORTS,MISDIAGNOSIS,DOCUMENTS,COURT ORDERS ,NOT NOTIFYING OR GIVING DUE DILIGENCE TO FATHERS OR FAMILIES OF CHILDRENS DETENTION AS WELL AS FOR THE FALSIFICATION OF FALSE BENCH WARRANTS THAT NEVER EXISTED OR FAILURE TO NOTICE PARENTS OF COURT DATES OR HEARINGS AND COMING INTO HOMES ETC WITHOUT WARRANTS. I SEEK FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN FAMILY SERVICES AND CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES BE AUDITED FOR ALL ADOPTIONS DONE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME THESE AGENCIES WERE STARTED UP UNTIL CURRENT TIME AS WELL AS HAVINF FEDERAL CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS AND AUDITING THE FINANCIAL RECORDS,MURDER,MISSING AND ABUSE RECORDS OF CHILDREN UNDER THEIR CARE.I SEEK THAT CHILDRENS COURT BE MADE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC,THAT JURIES BE APPOINTED TO CHILDRENS COURTS AND THE BURDEN OF PROOF BE 100 PERCENT AND INVESTIGATIONS OCCUR PRIOR TO REMOVAL OF A CHILD FROM FAMILY. I SEEK THE UPKEEP OF A LICENSING BOARD FOR SOCIAL WORKERS AND CRIMINAL CHARGES AND LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR OPERATING WITHOUT A LICENSE. I SEEK THE JAILING OF SOCIAL WORKERS WHO MOVE TO FALSELY DETAIN PARENTS AND CHILDREN WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OR UNDER THE FALSE GUISE OF CLAIMS OF BENCH WARRANTS WHICH PARENTS WERE NEVER NOTIFIED FOR. I SEEK TO STOP THE RETALIATORY TACTICS OF SOCIAL WORKERS TO ABUSE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS TO STEAL FUNDS TO MISDIAGNOSE PARENTS FALSELY WITH EMOTIONAL ILLNESS TO TERMINATE PARENTAL RIGHTS TO ILLEGALLY ADOPT CHILDREN IN RETALIATION FOR PARENTS FIGHTING FOR THEIR CHILDRENS RIGHTS.I ALSO SEEK THE JAILING OF SOCIAL WORKERS WHO STEAL OR SEIZE ONES PERSONAL CELLPHONE OR JOURNALS TO USE FOR ILLEGAL PURPOSES TO SEIZE CHILDREN BY ILLEGAL STEALING CELL PHONE DATA OR PHOTOS TO ILLEGALLY SEIZE FAMILY OR FALSIFY REPORTS OR TO COMMIT FALSE IMPERSONATIONS. I ALSO SEEK THE STOP OF ILLEGALLY DETAINING PARENTS IN STATES THEY RELOCATE TO AFTER A CHILD IS ILLEGALLY REMOVED FROM THEM STOPPING THEM FROM WORKING OR GOING TO SCHOOL AS SOCIAL WORKERS ARE TRYING TO INFRINGE UPON PARENTS RIGHTS TO DETAIN THEM FOR FEAR A PARENT WILL GET PREGNANT OR USING PSYCH WARDS AS A MEANS TO DETAIN PARENTS OR TO ILLEGALLY NEUTER OR SPAY PARENTS. I SEEK TO STOP THE ILLEGAL TERMINATION OF PRENTAL RIGHTS AND ADOPTIONS OF CHILDREN BASED ON “ABANDONMENT” AS A CHILD WHO IS ILLEGALLY DETAINED CAN NOT BE SAID TO HAVE BEEN ABANDONED. I SEEK A FINE OF $10,000 FOR THE REPORTING OF FALSE INFORMATION ON THE CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE FOR THOSE THAT MAKE FALSE ALLEGATIONS. I SEEK THE RETURN HOME OF ALL CHILDREN ILLEGALLY REMOVED FROM THEIR HOMES AND OR ILLEGALLY ADOPTED DUE TO FALSE ALLEGATIONS FROM THE START OF D.C.S.F. AND C.P.S. UP UNTIL THE CURRENT TIME. PLEASE CHECK OUT AND SIGN MY PETITIONS AS WELL ON: WWW.FIGHTCPS.COM WWW.CHANGE.ORG SEARCH MY THREE PETITIONS! 1)STOP FALSE ALLEGATIONS!CHILD PROTECTIVE AGENCY REFORM!!! STOP FAMILY SEPERATION WWW.CHANGE.ORG SEARCH 2)STOP ILLEGAL ADOPTIONS! www.CHANGE.ORG SEARCH:STOP FALSE ALLEGATIONS! CHILD PROTECTIVE AGENCY REFORM!! WWW.JUSTIA.ORG SEARCH:ROBINSON VS CPS/DCSF WWW.MOVEON.ORG SEARCH:“STOP ILLEGAL ADOPTIONS/REFORM CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES/DCSF WWW.GOPETITION.COM SEARCH:”DEPARTMENT CHILDDREN FAMILY SERVICES/C.P.S./ILLEGAL ADOPTIONS TO MY CHILDREN:YOU SHOULD KNOW YOU ARE ALWAYS LOVED AND THOUGHT OF.YOU WERE ILLEGALLY TAKEN FROM ME AND I FROM YOU. YOU WERE STOLEN FROM ME.I LEAVE THIS FOR YOU IN THE HOPES YOU FIND THE TRUTH ONE DAY. WE LOST OUT ON TIME AND MORE DUE TO CORRUPTION AND FALSE ALLEGATIONS.NOT A DAY OR SECOND GOES BY THAT I DON’T THINK OF YOU. THEY MAY HIDE THE TRUTH,BUT THEY CANNOT KILL IT. MAY THOSE WHO SEEK TRUTH TAKE INITIATIVE TO FIND IT.MAY JUSTICE BE SERVED TO ALL INNOCENTS.
Petition to The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Donelle Dadigan, Patty Brunton, Cindy Braun, Christine Derenthal
Remove Bill Cosby Star NOW from The Hollywood Walk of Fame
Bill Cosby is a brilliant stand-up comedian, actor, musician, author and community activist. Now, he is also a convicted sex offender. SIGN MY PETITION TO REMOVE BILL COSBY'S STAR FROM THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. After DECADES of whispers and rumors, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault in April 26, 2018. The case involved Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who testified under oath that Cosby drugged and molested her at his Philadelphia home in 2004. At the trial, five other women told about similar encounters. OUTSIDE COURT, MORE THAN **60 OTHER WOMEN ** HAVE COME FORWARD with stories that are much the same, but include rape. SOME of the victims were minors when they were assaulted. MANY of their horrific encounters took place decades ago. On September 25, 2018, a silent Cosby heard his sentence: three to 10 years in prison. Despite his attorney's protest, Cosby was handcuffed and transported directly to prison immediately after Judge Steven T. O’Neill made the ruling. This dramatic fall from grace has been tough for the millions of fans--including myself--who adored Bill Cosby. First, there were his terrific comedy albums, and then he was Scotty, the uber-cool agent on "I, Spy." Later, Cosby was high school coach Chet Kincaid and a happy-go-lucky spokesperson for Jell-O Pudding Pops. For many, he was also the wise and funny Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," a loving family man and The All American Dad. BUT, the real Bill Cosby hid behind every one of these characters. In reality, Cosby was a cunning sexual predator and serial rapist, serving up alcohol and pills to unsuspecting women and then assaulting them. NOW, it's TIME for The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to DO THE RIGHT THING. SIGN MY PETITION TO REMOVE BILL COSBY'S STAR FROM THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. Despite the sentence--which includes Judge O'Neill making Cosby register as a sexually violent predator--the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has so far refused to remove the star. While rescinding a star has no precedent, taking away an honor from Cosby has already happened dozens of times this past year. In a one-two punch in early May, Bill Cosby’s name and statue were removed from the prestigious Television Academy Hall of Fame AND the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame. As of July, **Nearly 30 colleges and universities across the United States have revoked honorary degrees from Cosby,** including Yale University, an action the college has never taken in its 300 year history. Some other prestigious schools are USC, Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, Notre Dame and Boston College. At least half a dozen other colleges are recommending to their boards that their Cosby degrees be revoked. When the verdict was announced, Cosby shouted expletives in the courtroom. Unlike others who have apologized and taken responsibility for their reprehensible behavior, Cosby continues to say he has done nothing wrong. To keep the Bill Cosby star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame is to agree with Bill Cosby. For the sake of millions of tourists who visit the Walk of Fame every year--especially families with young children--NOW is the time to remove Bill Cosby's star. Together, we can encourage The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to DO THE RIGHT THING. REMOVE BILL COSBY'S STAR. THANK YOU.
Petition to Rabbi Hara Person
Get CCAR to Reform Their Sexual Misconduct Reporting Standards
In 2014, CCAR secretly Reprimanded my Rabbi rapist-abuser for sexual misconduct and facilitated his move to a new community where he harmed me. In 2018, they tried to cover up his misconduct again. My story is not unusual. The Reform movement has a history of enabling rabbinic sexual misconduct. History & Significance: Reform Judaism in the United States can be divided into two principal organizations: the rabbinical arm (CCAR) and the congregational arm (URJ). Founded in 1889, the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) is the world's oldest and largest rabbinical organization. Long history of sexual misconduct mishandling. CCAR has a long and unsettling history of mishandling of sexual misconduct cases. Most recently, a Texas rabbi was secretly Reprimanded and then moved to a North Carolina congregation where he re-offended within 36 months and was then secretly Censured. The allegations against him included rape, sexual abuse, and physical, spiritual, and psychological abuse of multiple people. Earlier, in 2015, a Seattle rabbi was expelled but his congregation was left uninformed. Inadequate procedures to protect communities. In addition to outright cover-ups and lack of timely warning, the CCAR has come under fire for their "unheard of" ethics committee procedures. When a victim reports a rabbi for sexual misconduct, the next steps are decided upon by a committee of other rabbis. If an investigation is deemed warranted, a three-person "fact-gathering-team" of untrained rabbis and laity get to determine what happened. Regardless, the rabbi in question receives a copy of the written complaint and is able to respond to it. The process may result in an adjudication without any investigation or "fact-gathering-team" at all, which occurred in two of three known adjudications for the aforementioned Texas rabbi, both resulting in secret slaps on the wrist for the rabbi despite severe, life-altering consequences for his victim(s). No justice. If the rabbi is Censured or Suspended, he may utilize a "Teshuvah Rehabilitation and Counseling Team (TRaC Team)" consisting of other rabbis. It is unknown how many rabbis actually utilize this resource or how effective it is at preventing recidivism. Note that victims are never given any form of free support. The rabbi is offered free counseling while the victim drowns in trauma therapy bills. Tikkun olam? I think not. No closure for victims. If Censured without Publication, he may remain in the pulpit with no deadline or impetus to utilize his TRaC team or to rehabilitate at all. If Suspended, the rabbi may return to the pulpit, but the standards for this are unclear and victims' questions remain unanswered. In their written communication with me, CCAR has stated that my rapist-abuser would not be able to come out of Suspension without an apology to me. They said that I would hear from them (CCAR) about such an apology if it were ever offered. They were unable to answer my questions, including, "What if I don't accept his apology? Does my rapist-abuser still get to return to the pulpit then?" This question should sound ridiculous because it is; my abuser re-entering the pulpit should not even be a consideration, and any reasonable person would say that he should be Expelled. Victims must live day-to-day knowing that they may receive an e-mail from CCAR saying that their rapist-abuser wants to "apologize" to them so that he can re-enter the pulpit, and also knowing that their rapist or abuser could re-enter a major Reform pulpit if the CCAR deems it so by some unknown, mysterious standards. This is a reality that I live every single day. What is worse than an abuser re-entering the pulpit? Re-entering the pulpit with the backing and support of their major rabbinical organization despite the victim's pleading for this not to happen. Rabbis are not Expelled. In their e-mail and telephone correspondence with me, I was told that CCAR does not Expel rabbis for sexual misconduct. Their view is that Suspension allows them to have more control over the rabbi in question. How could this be so when rabbis such as the aforementioned Texas rabbi were not put off by a Reprimand and prior forced resignation? CCAR also implied in their written correspondence that the only reason they ever did outright Expel a rabbi was because he was in prison and unable to function (not because he murdered his wife?): "CCAR avoids expulsion, except in cases where the rabbi refuses to cooperate with the EC or when the rabbi is otherwise unable to practice (prison)."--Rabbi Andi Berlin, CCAR Ethics Chair, Tue 8/21/2018 This lack of regard for the value of human life should not be surprising given that the CCAR's ethics committee originally named themselves the "well-oiled zipper committee." Enough said. Bottom line. We must completely reform the Reform ethics process to reflect the professed values of the Reform movement, especially the sacred value of justice. I believe the only way that this can happen is to literally embarrass them into doing it, as they seem not to care about sanctity and safety as much as they care about their own image. Journalistic efforts and this petition can help with this. Many self-professed "Reform Jews" are wholly unaware of these issues. My hope is that this petition will raise awareness so that they can hold their rabbinate to higher standards. For all Jews, not just Reform, this issue is of great consequence considering the size and political power of Reform Judaism, and the sheer number of fellow Jews and people of Jewish descent affected. This may not be your movement, but these are your brethren. For non-Jews, this is your world too. By holding religious organizations to a higher standard, you are standing with victims of sexual misconduct and taking a stand for justice and conscience, goodness and light. Demands: We ask that the CCAR reform their ethics process to include the following improvements: (1a) Abolish the unqualified "fact-gathering-team" and bring in actual, trained investigators. Investigators should be intimately familiar with the multi-layered nature of trauma and trauma recovery and how this affects the reporting process. (1b) Replace the current ethics process with a process that is up to current best practices standards, including in-person interviews by unbiased, trained investigators, and NOT providing the rabbi in question with written allegations to dream up manipulative responses to. (2) Immediately alert congregation leadership when a rabbi is reported for sexual misconduct. (3) As soon as allegations are found to be plausible, notify all other Jewish organizations that the rabbi is affiliated with (e.g., JStreet, Rabbis without Borders, Institute for Jewish Spirituality). (4) Place limitations on permitted activities for rabbis that are currently under investigation. A rabbi should not be able to attend a 5-night spiritual retreat that mixes clergy and laity when he has had two sexual misconduct adjudications and is under investigation for his third. (5) Hire an external agency with no ties to your organization to publicize the following as cumulative and annual statistics: (a) How many rabbis were reported for sexual misconduct, in total and as a percentage of CCAR's qualified membership. (b) How many rabbis formally investigated ("fact-gathering-team"), in total and as a percentage of those reported. (c) How many rabbis were adjudicated, in total and as a percentage of those reported. (d) How many adjudications of each outcome (e.g., Reprimand, Censure, Suspend, Expel), in total and as a percentage of those reported. (e) How many rabbis utilized the TRaC team, by adjudication category, in total and as a percentage of those in each category. (f) How many rabbis successfully utilized the TRaC team or other means to come out of Censure or Suspension. (g) How many and what proportion of Suspended rabbis came out of Suspension? And went back to work? (h) How many and what proportion of Suspended rabbis who went back to work re-offended? (i) How many and what proportion of previously adjudicated rabbis were reported again to have re-offended? On average, how quickly do they re-offend? (j) How many victims contacted CCAR in total? How many went through with the reporting process? (k) How long did the adjudication processes take, stratified by outcome? Provide the minimum, maximum, mean, median, and mode, in weekly units. (l) Publicize these statistics on the CCAR website so that they are easy to access, in newsletters, and present them at the CCAR annual and URJ biennial conferences. (6) Give actual victim-survivors a seat at your table. Include them as leaders in your organizational decisions and ethics process, as they are "experts by necessity." Respect their hard-won expertise. (7) Take full accountability for prior cover-ups, including financial restoration for victims/complainants with no nondisclosure agreements or other limitations. (8) Create a victim-fund to help support victims of even first-time offenders, to pay for their therapy. It is a known fact that predators are attracted to careers as clergy and your organization should build this reality into your annual budget. (9) Abolish the TRaC team and bring in licensed psychologists with expertise in Narcissism, Sociopathy, Psychopathy, Antisocial Personality Disorder, and in rehabilitating sex offenders. Or... (10) Better yet, do not be in the business of "rehabilitating" sexual predators and actually Expel them. (11) Make a genuine public apology for prior wrongdoing, including making light of sexual misconduct in the ethics committee's original name, and for prior cover-ups, laxity in creating consequences for perpetrators, incompetence, negligence, abuse of power, narcissism, and chronic denial and minimization and other forms of enabling. This apology should only come after or alongside strong actions that show real change (teshuvah). (12) Make sexual misconduct and sexual misconduct annual summaries a regular part of your annual meeting, as a plenary session that is attended by all, optimally at the beginning or end of a keynote speaker session. Consider giving victims speaking opportunities and offering workshops on this topic and how rabbis can avoid becoming perpetrators or enablers, and how they can be supportive of victims-survivors who disclose. There will be perpetrators and there will be victims. The only question is: what are you going to do about it? Cover it up, remain in denial, and continue to enable it? Or facilitate the very justice that your movement professes to care about so deeply, and preserve the sanctity and safety of the pulpit? Personal Connection:In 2014, CCAR secretly Reprimanded my abuser for sexual misconduct and facilitated his move to a new community where he abused me. In 2018, despite his continued misconduct, CCAR secretly Censured him and did not immediately tell his congregation of his prior reprimand or current investigation. In 2018, he was finally Suspended, but the door remains open for him to return to the pulpit. The 6 month long adjudicatory process was extremely traumatic because the ethics committee consisted of other rabbis, and the investigators were not investigators but two rabbis and a random lay person who had no knowledge regarding sexual violence or trauma. Despite serious rape allegations, the CCAR filed a claim with their insurance company for an "extramarital affair" which of course was not covered. CCAR's CEO Rabbi Steven A. Fox refused to take any responsibility for my rape and abuse, and I have had no help or support with therapy bills nor have I received any other form of reparation for the abuse that they enabled. My story can be found here.
Petition to Mac McCutcheon, Del Marsh, Kay Ivey
End Rapist Visitation and Custody Rights in Alabama
In a recent news report made by KNOE (CBS affiliate) and echoed by Fox News, a woman named Jessica has brought to light the fact that she is forced by her rapist, her mother's half-brother, to allow him to visit her sons under law. This same disgusting law (or lack thereof) has also been elaborated upon in a Washington Post article, in greater depth than the first two. Child molestation charges and convictions aside, the fact that the law allows for a DNA-tested and confirmed incestuous parent to visit children - against the mother's will - is an abomination and a gross grievance against her personal rights. It is unconstitutional, as it prevents her from pursuing life, liberty, and happiness to her fullest extent. It is a disgusting perversion of justice against her human rights, as she is forced to see her rapist over and over.The state of Alabama must replace this law and in so doing, bring justice to Jessica and those others who have assuredly suffered under similar circumstances. The law at hand is also in effect in Minnesota as well, but the Alabama law under question must be amended immediately. It was almost repaired, but the legislature failed the people of Alabama. State Sen.'s Clyde Chambliss and Vivian Figures have both put forth legislation or discussed doing so that would make this abominable practice a thing of the past. We, the people of the United States, Alabama residents or otherwise, are calling upon the top legislators and the governor of Alabama to change this law.