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 Government of Sudan, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Justice For Noura | Don't execute Noura for self defense against the man who raped her!
#JusticeForNoura "On Monday morning, just as we set out for our daily walk, my mother told me the story of Noura Hussein : At 16, Noura was forcibly married off by her father. She refused, and in protest left her family home on the outskirts of Khartoum to stay with her aunt in Sinnar, a city almost 250 kilometers away. Noura lived with her relative for three years before her father called to say that the wedding was cancelled, and that she should come home. Upon her arrival, Noura found that she had been tricked, that the wedding to which she had never agreed was still happening, and shortly after was given away to her unchosen husband. According to her testimony, Noura refused to consummate the marriage, resisting him for the first four days. On the fifth, she says her husband raped her, with the help of a number of his male relatives (cousins and some people said the husband's brothers as well), pinned her down while he was raping her right before their eyes.The following day, when her husband attempted to rape her again, she stabbed him in self defence and it killed him. When she told her family, her father delivered her to the police, and then disowned her. That was in 2017. On Sunday, April 29, 2018, Noura was found guilty in court of premeditated murder, the punishment for which is death by hanging. My mother received this article about Noura on WhatsApp, a platform that has grown to be a main “news” source for Sudanese across the world. I say “news” because much of the information shared over WhatsApp should be taken with a grain of salt, as many of the topics shared take on an exaggerated quality. But the platform does prove useful, occasionally exposing us to issues that either don’t make it on international newsdesks (nobody wants to hear about anything from Sudan that isn’t war or terrorism), or provide a look into the corners of our lives that folks (read: government/society) prefer to stay hidden. My reaction to Noura’s story should have been that of many of my compatriots, of healthy – and sometimes unhealthy – skepticism, to loosely quote @Osochil on Instagram. Except that I wasn’t blessed with the bliss of ignorance (or denial). Except that I know that Noura’s story isn’t new, that it isn’t even uncommon. Except that I personally know women who had been married off against their will, who suffered in silence at the hands of their husbands, whose families had all but abandoned them and/or who tacitly or actively supported their husbands’ (and their families’) abuse. Because the truth that we hate to admit is that the only thing that makes Noura’s story extraordinary is that she killed him. Her circumstance is a daily occurrence that the openminded and “enlightened” of us might not approve of, but will put up with because “that’s just an unfortunate part of our culture”. We will put up with it because the enduring silence of the women who suffer this fate allows our feathers to remain unruffled, it keeps our delicate sensibilities unaffected, it allows us to stay complacent. Noura’s story is extraordinary because she killed her abuser, and that is what she is being faulted for in the court of law and public opinion (and from which all of the following throughout this article are real quotes). “She should have reasoned with him”, “she should have told her family”, “she should have gone to court, she should have found another way”. The last four days have been a flood of should-haves, each one more patronizing than the last, each one ignoring the facts of her case, of her circumstance, of her culture. How could she have reasoned with a man who wasn’t reasonable enough to accept her adamant rejection of him? How could she seek refuge in her family, the same people who put her in this position in the first place? The same people who, when she *did* seek refuge, abandoned her? What other way was there for her to find? How does a 19 year old with no family support gain the access and tools needed to navigate her way through the legal system to get autonomy from her husband? And how long does that take? And how many are successful? The last four days have exposed our ignorance, our callousness, our violent misogyny. “She’s guilty, it’s his right, she can’t refuse him”, “He’s not a man for getting his cousins to help….. he should have just drugged her”, “Tf you talking about, [she’s] his wife he can f*ck her daily if he wants, Allah said that.” One news article read, “Bride Kills Husband on Their Honeymoon […] She stabbed him repeatedly after he tried to take his religious right [حقه الشرعي] from her by force.” Our society does not recognize marital rape and uses hadith (narrations) and other religious texts to justify it. Our society holds women accountable for the heinous actions of men, and then tells them to grin and bear it. “She didn’t choose to marry him, but her father chose for her, what can she do?” “Yes, he raped her, but she shouldn’t have killed him.” “Yes, he raped her, but she killed him in an inappropriate way.” (yes, that is the word-for-word quote) Our society does not recognize a woman’s right to her body, to choice, to life. Our society does not want to come to terms with the heinous acts that it practices and values it holds. Our society thinks its ignorance is “fringe”, and hides behind the pristine image of “culture and tradition” that it has painstakingly curated. It digs its head in the sand and shows its ass to the world. “Our men don’t involve other men in rape, and not family. It’s not our culture. There must be more to the story.” To preserve this image, it will tell us to put faith in a justice system that it bashes on a daily basis. Noura was painted by the prosecution as a woman who, unprovoked, “brutally” murdered her husband in cold blood. They denied the rape. They did not provide a counter-motive. Even without cause or motive, they never questioned her mental state or theorized on what drove her to commit such a crime – and the justice system did not ask them to. It was content to cast a quick and dirty guilty verdict. Our country protects the perpetrators and demonizes the victims. It sentences a teenager to death, and gives a convicted rapist a presidential pardon (look it up)." Source : ALUCAN. — That’s when I read this blogpost that I decided to start this petition. I had to do something and not let this happen like it did for Asifa, and Zainab, two little girls that have been recently raped and killed in Pakistan. I am, too, a teenager and i could have faced the same thing as Noura if I was born in Sudan. I’m really emotional and Noura’s story touched me.. I can’t let her be executed, i can’t. Please, help me save her! On the 10th of May (The Day of Decision) the family of the deceased husband decided if they wanted her alive or not, for literally using self defence, against a man who was neither religiously and neither legally her 'husband', she never agreed to that marriage, and he raped her with the help of his cousins and brothers, what a shame, that you have to bring your male relatives to pin down a woman who refused to get married to and you have the gut to rape her, and some people have the atrocity to defend the man. This shows how patriachy and misogyny keep on ruling upon women in a horrible manner, and how Culture is killing innocent people, Islam condems forced marriage aswell as rape, the man had no rights to do this, not one single right! I bet if the man was alive they'd still probably punish Noura. This just show how women are treated so inferiorly, discriminately and with pure misogyny, and inequality and patriarchy, this just show how women are supposed to be only men's sex objects, and women are expected to be quiet baby dolls who never raise their voices, and stand up against which is wrong. "Noura is a Hero and standing up to your oppressor is not a crime. Rape is." -- @ShahdBatal Justice should be served, God is the Most Just, and indeed Justice shall be established, for everyone, every single people who've been oppressed. Let's get this petition a lot of signatures so that these can be printed, please share this petition, Noura mental's state is really serious, she was forced to get married, she was raped, her family disowned her, and reported her to the police, and now here she is, waiting for her death sentence, subhanaAllah, i urge you all my brothers and sisters in humanity, please share this petition, let's raise our voice against oppression, against injustice, against any form of injustice,whether is misogyny, whether it's about discrimination, racism, and any form of injustice that violates Human rights. Noura may have less than a month to live as from now, please help share this petition, and let's raise our voice for Noura using the hashtag " #JusticeForNoura" to get more attention! We want justice for Noura, against this injustice, and for all the rest of women living this nightmare, and we want them free. Let's show how the voice of the public matters, let's all sign against the death penalty of Noura Hussein, and let's all sign for her Justice to be established! #JusticeForNoura #HumanRights #MaritalRape #Rape #Sudan #Justice
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 Adriano Espaillat, Jackie Speier, Justin Amash, Jerrold Nadler, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Paul D. Ryan
Expand the #MeTooAct
TELL CONGRESS: MAKE THE #METOO CONGRESS ACT of 2017 A NATIONWIDE MANDATE AND REVIEW AND IMPROVE SEX LEGISLATION AND MANAGEMENT NATIONWIDE- NOT JUST IN CONGRESS! When I filed a sexual report with my local special victims unit, I waited over eight months for a call from the District Attorney before I began to call them myself. After three weeks of calling with no dialogue, I was detained in jail 15 days for harassing the District Attorney. My complaint was never investigated. The man who violated me lives just a block away and uses the way I was treated by the DA to perpetuate the myth that he is innocent. When I requested a copy of my report, I was denied and forced to appeal, only to find the report was 100% blank. It was as if I had never fought for myself at all. I was railroaded because they wanted me to go away. All traces of my effort vanished at the hands of justice without a word. But it doesn't have to be this way! NO ONE SHOULD BE IGNORED AND BRUSHED ASIDE BECAUSE THEY'VE MADE A SEXUAL COMPLAINT According to RAINN, the Rape Abuse Insect National Network, fewer than 1% of rapists will ever spend a day in jail. This is due to poor, inadequate legislation and a tendency for victims to feel it's not worth pursuing because of stories like mine. https://www.rainn.org/statistics/criminal-justice-system In response to the resignation of several members of Congress and Senate for alleged sexual misconduct, the House recently introduced the Me Too Congress Act of 2017. https://speier.house.gov/sites/speier.house.gov/files/FINAL%20Section%20by%20Section%20ME%20TOO%20CONGRESS%20%28004%29.PDF This bill introduces a procedure to address sexual complaints in the congressional workplace- only, and doesn't consider the nationwide problem all sexual reporters face. We need to protect all citizens from sexual infractions, not just the privileged few in Congress. That's why I'm calling on you to advance this petition to extend the Me Too Congress Act to all government institutions nationwide and that includes the police departments and district attorneys. Highlights of the bill are as follows: 1. Victims Counsel - a special office established to address sexual complaints. 2. Legal advice and counseling for sexual complainants 3. Investigations within 180 days of complaint (currently reports can be ignored and delayed indefinitely- the same is true for law enforcement and justice depts.) 4. A complaints must be investigated 5. Sexual harassment prevention training 6. Ends forced confidentiality clauses This petition asks Congress to extend this protective and preventative legislation for all victims, not just elite institutions like Congress, and to amend to include sex legislation that improves outcomes and resolutions. 1. Extend Act to all governmental institutions nationwide, creating a safe and hospitable environment for people making sexual reports nationwide 2. Create stronger measures for accountability in sexual harassment legislation (punishments are often too severe to not severe enough for sexual crimes). 3. Review and redefine statue of limitations on sex harassment to take into account delay in complaint due to psychological trauma and unforeseen complications. PLEASE HELP TAKE THIS MOVEMENT FORWARD BY SIGNING AND SHARING THE PETITION TO EXPAND THE ME TOO CONGRESS ACT TO ALL GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS NATIONWIDE Thank you! For more information visit millennialsex.org
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Urge Congress to Support Common Sense Rape Survivor Rights
On a brisk October afternoon, I left for an appointment at a rape crisis center. Fifteen minutes later, I faced a challenge more daunting than the rape that brought me there: America's unequal justice system for rape survivors.I struggled to have my basic rights recognized by the criminal justice system. Through my fight, I learned that survivor rights are not equal across the US. Over forty states have backlogs in untested kits. Some states do not cover the full medical expenses of a kit, leaving survivors to pay their own way towards justice.A handful of states don’t even notify the survivor when they permanently dispose of a rape kit. Instead, different states provide different rights. Even worse, no states provide survivors with all of the common-sense rights they deserve.My fight is not mine alone. Instead, it is a crisis for 25 million survivors across America, and I've come together with citizens, advocates, and legislators to do something about it. We're fighting for a comprehensive Bill of Rights for all survivors, including: The right to be notified of your rights in clear language The right to know your own medical information from your own rape kit The right not to have to pay for your own rape kit The right to a copy of your own police report After my experience, I wanted to help others. So I started an organization called Rise, dedicated to protecting the rights of sexual assault survivors. Today, we're close to an important victory. We've introduced legislation in the U.S. Congress that would help protect these rights across our country, so that justice does not depend on geography. But we need your help.Join us by signing this petition and calling on your Senators and Representatives to pass this important legislation now. Amanda Nguyen President & Founder, Rise
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 Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop José H. Gomez, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Justice For The Victims In The Current Scandal Within The Catholic Church
There is a disease within the ranks of the Catholic Clergy, a kabal that must be amputated from the body of clergy. This kabal has taken part in, abetted or remained complacent in the violation of the innocence of its faithful, both children and adults, as well as its seminarians. We would like the Church to cooperate with the Justice System and its laity to provide adequate investigation into all allegations of clerical misconduct and to purge through laicization these broods of vipers who taint not just the Catholic community, but the ecumenical and entire community of the universal church regardless of denomination. To the ordained authority of the Catholic Church who represent the ecumenical line of succession passed down by Christ, through the apostles and the generations following by rite, specifically in the United States: The 6 Cardinals Currently Lead US Archdioceses; Cardinal Blase J. Cupich - Chicago, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo - Galveston-Houston, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan - New York, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley - Boston, Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, CSsR - Newark, as well as Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl - Washington, The 4 US Cardinals Are Not Currently Diocesan Bishops; Cardinal Raymond L. Burke - Patron of the Order of Malta, Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell - Prefect of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Family, and Life, Cardinal James M. Harvey - Archpriest of the Basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls, as well as Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien - Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, The 6 US Cardinals Are Retired; Cardinal William J. Levada - Prefect Emeritus, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony - Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, Cardinal Adam J. Maida - Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit, Cardinal Justin F. Rigali - Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, as well as Cardinal James F. Stafford - Major Penitentiary Emeritus, The Active Bishops; the 6 Cardinal Archbishops, the 29 Archbishops, the 162 Diocesan Bishops, as well as the 74 Auxiliary Bishops, The Retired Bishops; the 7 retired Cardinal Archbishops, the 28 retired Archbishops, the 108 retired Diocesan Bishops, the 42 retired Auxiliary Bishops, the 145 Latin Catholic dioceses, the 33 Latin Catholic archdioceses, the 16 Eastern Catholic dioceses, the 2 Eastern Catholic archdioceses, as well as the 1 Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, The Eastern Rite Eparchies; St Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago (Illinois), Eparchy of St George in Canton for the Romanians (Ohio), Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford (Connecticut), Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic (New Jersey), Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix (Arizona), Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese in the US (New Jersey), Chaldean Eparchy of St Thomas the Apostle of Detroit (Michigan), Chaldean Eparchy of St Peter the Apostle, San Diego (California), Eparchy of Parma, Ohio (Ruthenian), Eparchy of St Maron of Brooklyn (New York), Eparchy of Our Lady of Nareg in New York of Armenian Catholics, Eparchy of Newton, Our Lady of the Annunciation, Boston (Melkite Greek) (Massachusetts), Eparchy of St Nicholas in Chicago for Ukrainians (Illinois), Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon (Maronite), Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St Josaphat, Parma (Ohio), as well as St. Mary, Queen of Peace Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchy in the USA and Canada (New York), The Eastern Rite Archeparchies; Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) as well as Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), The Archdioceses in the US; Archdiocese of Anchorage (Alaska), Archdiocese of Atlanta (Georgia), Archdiocese of Baltimore (Maryland), Archdiocese of Boston (Massachusetts), Archdiocese of Chicago (Illinois), Archdiocese of Cincinnati (Ohio), Archdiocese of Denver (Colorado), Archdiocese of Detroit (Michigan), Archdiocese of Dubuque (Iowa), Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (Texas), Archdiocese of Indianapolis (Indiana), Archdiocese of Hartford (Connecticut), Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Archdiocese of Los Angeles (California), Archdiocese of Louisville (Kentucky), Archdiocese of Miami (Florida), Archdiocese of Milwaukee (Wisconsin), Archdiocese of Mobile (Alabama), Archdiocese of New Orleans (Louisiana), Archdiocese of New York (New York), Archdiocese of Newark (New Jersey), Archdiocese of Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), Archdiocese of Omaha (Nebraska), Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, Archdiocese of San Antonio (Texas), Archdiocese of San Francisco (California), Archdiocese of Santa Fe (New Mexico), Archdiocese of Seattle (Washington), Archdiocese of St Louis(Missouri), Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis (Minnesota), Archdiocese of the Military Services (District of Columbia), as well as the Archdiocese of Washington (District of Columbia), The Dioceses in the US; Diocese of Albany (New York), Diocese of Alexandria (Louisiana), Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Amarillo (Texas), Diocese of Arlington (Virginia), Diocese of Austin (Texas), Diocese of Baker (Oregon), Diocese of Baton Rouge (Louisiana), Diocese of Beaumont (Texas), Diocese of Belleville (Illinois), Diocese of Biloxi (Mississippi), Diocese of Birmingham (Alabama), Diocese of Bismarck (North Dakota), Diocese of Boise (Idaho), Diocese of Bridgeport (Connecticut), Diocese of Brooklyn (New York), Diocese of Brownsville (Texas), Diocese of Buffalo (New York), Diocese of Burlington (Vermont), Diocese of Camden (New Jersey), Diocese of Charleston (South Carolina), Diocese of Charlotte (North Carolina), Diocese of Cheyenne (Wyoming), Diocese of Cleveland (Ohio), Diocese of Colorado Springs (Colorado), Diocese of Columbus (Ohio), Diocese of Corpus Christi (Texas), Diocese of Covington (Kentucky), Diocese of Crookston (Minnesota), Diocese of Dallas (Texas), Diocese of Davenport (Iowa), Diocese of Des Moines (Iowa), Diocese of Dodge City (Kansas), Diocese of Duluth (Minnesota), Diocese of El Paso (Texas), Diocese of Erie (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Evansville (Indiana), Diocese of Fairbanks (Alaska), Diocese of Fall River (Massachusetts), Diocese of Fargo (North Dakota), Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend (Indiana), Diocese of Fort Worth (Texas), Diocese of Fresno (California), Diocese of Gallup (New Mexico), Diocese of Gary (Indiana), Diocese of Gaylord (Michigan), Diocese of Grand Island (Nebraska), Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan), Diocese of Great Falls-Billings (Montana), Diocese of Green Bay (Wisconsin), Diocese of Greensburg (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Harrisburg (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Helena (Montana), Diocese of Honolulu (Hawaii), Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux (Louisiana), Diocese of Jackson (Mississippi), Diocese of Jefferson City (Missouri), Diocese of Joliet (Illinois), Diocese of Juneau (Alaska), Diocese of Kalamazoo (Michigan), Diocese of Kansas City - St Joseph (Missouri), Diocese of Knoxville (Tennessee), Diocese of La Crosse (Wisconsin), Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana, Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana, Diocese of Lake Charles (Louisiana), Diocese of Lansing (Michigan), Diocese of Laredo (Texas), Diocese of Las Cruces (New Mexico), Diocese of Las Vegas (Nevada), Diocese of Lexington (Kentucky), Diocese of Lincoln (Nebraska), Diocese of Little Rock (Arkansas), Diocese of Lubbock (Texas), Diocese of Madison (Wisconsin), Diocese of Manchester (New Hampshire), Diocese of Marquette (Michigan), Diocese of Memphis (Tennessee), Diocese of Metuchen (New Jersey), Diocese of Monterey (California), Diocese of Nashville (Tennessee), Diocese of New Ulm (Minnesota), Diocese of Norwich (Connecticut), Diocese of Oakland (California), Diocese of Ogdensburg (New York), Diocese of Orange (California), Diocese of Orlando (Florida), Diocese of Owensboro (Kentucky), Diocese of Palm Beach (Florida), Diocese of Paterson (New Jersey), Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee (Florida), Diocese of Peoria (Illinois), Diocese of Phoenix (Arizona), Diocese of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Portland in Maine, Diocese of Providence (Rhode Island), Diocese of Pueblo (Colorado), Diocese of Raleigh (North Carolina), Diocese of Rapid City (South Dakota), Diocese of Reno (Nevada), Diocese of Richmond (Virginia), Diocese of Rochester (New York), Diocese of Rockford (Illinois), Diocese of Rockville Centre (New York), Diocese of Sacramento (California), Diocese of Saginaw (Michigan), Diocese of Salina (Kansas), Diocese of Salt Lake City (Utah), Diocese of San Angelo (Texas), Diocese of San Bernardino (California), Diocese of San Diego (California), Diocese of San Jose (California), Diocese of Santa Rosa (California), Diocese of Savannah (Georgia), Diocese of Scranton (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Shreveport (Louisiana), Diocese of Sioux City (Iowa), Diocese of Sioux Falls (South Dakota), Diocese of Spokane (Washington), Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau (Missouri), Diocese of St Augustine (Florida), Diocese of St Cloud (Minnesota), Diocese of St Petersburg (Florida), Diocese of St Thomas, VI (Virgin Islands), Diocese of Steubenville (Ohio), Diocese of Stockton (California), Diocese of Superior (Wisconsin), Diocese of Syracuse (New York), Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Diocese of Trenton (New Jersey), Diocese of Tucson (Tucson), Diocese of Tulsa (Oklahoma), Diocese of Tyler (Texas), Diocese of Venice (Florida), Diocese of Victoria (Texas), Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (West Virginia), Diocese of Wichita (Kansas), Diocese of Wilmington (Delaware), Diocese of Winona (Minnesota), Diocese of Worcester (Massachusetts), Diocese of Yakima (Washington) and the Diocese of Youngstown (Ohio), We, the ecumenical faithful of the universal church, request the cardinal virtue of justice for the seminarians, children and others who have been abused, molested, sexually assaulted and raped by those placed in ecclesial authority over them. We request that the USCCB set the example globally by setting the tone for the pursuit of justice within the Catholic Church in the United States and its territories. We request full state and federal cooperation with law enforcement to investigate any allegation of such injustices allegedly committed at the hands of our ordained leaders as well as those who may have abetted in such instances, covered up such instances or remained complacent in such instances. We request that this cooperation with law enforcement be supplemented with investigation in every parish led by the laity. These investigations should be in cooperation with law enforcement whenever such cases be applicable. We request a purge of leadership within the Catholic Church of those found to be guilty of such crimes against the faithful and innocent. We request that any leadership found guilty either by the courts of man or the investigation of the church to be stripped of their positions through public and transparent laicization in accordance with canon law (CC 1583, CC 290-293). We request this to be done at every level of religious order, from brothers and sisters to the Bishop of Rome, if allegations of these crimes, abetting or complacency prove true. We cite in pursuit of these actions the following catechetical paragraphs: On Virtue - 1804-1811, especially 1807, and On Sexual Morality - 2331-2359. We would also cite Presbyterorum Ordinis, CC 277 and the entirety of the Theology of the Body Homilies as presented by Saint Pope John Paul II. In order to provide an example of righteous anger from Christ Himself, we cite Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-19, Luke 19:45-48 and John 2:13-16. Given Christ’s reaction to matters lesser than those present in the current scandal, we believe justice should be handled proportionately since those involved in these matters are no less than the “brood of vipers” Christ encountered in His time. We request justice in these matters. Sincerely, The ecumenical body that comprises the universal church,
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Don't Cry Wolf Law: Protect DV/SA abuse survivors & prosecute false abuse allegations
Please note: #dontcrywolf was launched of May of 2018 and is not a political organization and does not hold a political stance or party affiliation. The campaign is not a men’s rights or anti-women’s movement effort. What the campaign is about is making process and legislative changes with the goals of stopping false abuse allegations and holding blatant false accusers accountable, as well as providing better protections for real survivors of abuse and encourage them to come forward safely. The problem: Today we are seeing more and more false allegations of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and child abuse made to law enforcement, family courts, and social media. The impact of the allegations can be disastrous. From high legal defense fees, to loss of career, to loss of standing in the community, to loss of child custody, to harassment on social media and being victimized by social justice because of today's social climate, to loss of freedom and civil liberties: the price victims of false abuse allegations pay is high. Yet, today, the accuser rarely faces any legal accountability for their actions. As demonstrated in recent cases, District Attorney Offices illogically refuse to press charges for fear it would deter real victims from coming forward, essentially accepting the falsely accused as acceptable collateral damage. Would be false accusers have the freedom in most instances to abuse the protection from abuse programs and false reporting laws in place with no repercussions. In fact, while there are laws specific to domestic violence and sexual assaults to highlight the seriousness of those offenses, there are no specific laws for knowingly making false allegations of DV or SA, to highlight the seriousness of those offenses. Allowing false allegations gives these wrongdoers incentive to stand on the backs of real victims of abuse and make a false allegation with no risk. More concerning, every false allegation drowns out the voices and stories of real victims and creates public skepticism when a real victim comes forward with their truths. Finally, the false reporting laws of today make it too easy for a real victim of abuse to be charge with false reporting. Domestic violence victims and survivors of sexual abuse who come forward must have protections in place to assure them they will not be charged unless there is clear and convincing evidence that their allegations are false. The solution is two fold: In order to convey the seriousness of the offenses, states should consider adopting the proposed Don't Cry Wolf Law (click to learn more) as part of their criminal statutes, separate from the inconsequential false reporting laws these offenses now fall under, to hold false accusers accountable at a more severe level and to be able to better track these types of offenses in the future. The goals of the law are to provide a clear path of justice and protections for those that have been falsely accused and for those that are real victims of DV/SA, as well as make a real effort to thwart would be false accusers from misusing the system and the current social climate for their own gains. District Attorney offices must abandon their illogical stance that prosecuting malicious, false accusers will deter real victims from coming forward. The illogical practice disregards the victims of false allegations and their right to justice, while at the same time negatively impacting real victims of abuse. They are essentially saying "We won't give you justice because it MAY affect someone else from getting theirs." Real abuse victims are affected long term as allowing false allegations to continue without penalty creates more public skepticism when a real victim comes forward for their justice. Passing the Don't Cry Wolf Law would would show DA offices that States are serious about stopping these offenses. What are the Goals of the Don't Cry Wolf Law? Deter would be false accusers from making False Abuse Allegations Enforce the law and Prosecute criminals who make false abuse allegations without concern that doing so would deter real victims from coming forward in the future for fear they could be falsely prosecuted for making a false report Create a separate statute outside of the general false reporting laws today, as was done for domestic violense and sexaual assault from general assault statutes, to better track the offenses and more importantly, to convey the seriousness of the crimes (Falsely reporting a rape should not carry the same penalty as falsely reporting that a person stole your jacket) Put protections in place for real victims of abuse when they come forward looking for their justice so that they will not be afraid that they could be charged with falsely reporting a crime Help end public skepticism and support when a true victim of abuse comes forward with their truths and provide an unobstructed path for those victims to obtain justice and have their voices heard How you can help: This petition is addressed to the governors in all 50 US States. Sign this petition to let them know the amount of false allegations of abuse and the handling of these allegations by law enforcement and the judicial system is a major issue today and needs to be addressed. Share the petition with your friends and spread the word. The more support this receives the more attention this problem will get. Follow the #dontcrywolf Campaign on twitter at https://twitter.com/donotcrywolf to stay up to date on the campaign. Learn about the proposed Don't Cry Wolf Law and share the information within your social networks. Information on the proposed law is available at https://www.dontcrywolf.org/dontcrywolf-law.html. This site will outline the law, its need and answer the following questions: What is the proposed Don't Cry Wolf Law? When a person knowingly wrongfully accuses someone of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse or Child Abuse, aren't they already prosecuted or held accountable today? But won't prosecuting those that make these false allegations deter real victims from coming forward for fear they will be falsely prosecuted or not believed? If a crime is committed, such as a false report, don't District Attorney offices have to prosecute? Isn't that their job? How can we change this unwritten policy followed by DA offices? Can't those that have been falsely accused of DV/SA abuse/assault take their accuser to civil court and sue them? Won't social movements like #metoo consider this to be an anti-women or anti-victim law? What is the current language used for the proposed Don't Cry Wolf Law?