Petition to Mike Freiberg, Ann Rest
End the statute of limitations on rape in Minnesota.
When I was 17 years old, I was in an abusive relationship with a 21 year old man who raped me multiple times. I finally gained the strength to report him to law enforcement nearly ten years later. My case was investigated in Anoka County and referred for prosecution. Per the Rape, Incest, and Abuse National Network, only about 3% of reported cases make it this far (https://www.rainn.org/statistics/criminal-justice-system The prosecutor was adamant that she believed me. However, she was unable to charge my case due to a loophole in the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations when a person who is under 18 is raped in Minnesota is 9 years from when it happened or 3 years from when the rape is reported (https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=628.26 I reported my rapes in July 2016, which should have meant prosecutors had until July 2019 to charge my rapist. However, when I was in college in the fall of 2007, my rapist sent me unwanted text messages indicating he was coming to see me (four hours away). I reported these to campus security and told them for context that these texts were from my abuser and rapist. This, according to the law right now, counted as reporting my rapes to law enforcement, and started the three year statute of limitations ticking. Put simply, reporting further harassment by my rapist precluded his being charged. I write to ask two things. One, rape should not come with a statute of limitations, even if DNA has not been preserved. Several states do not have statutes of limitations on rape (http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/rape-statutes-of-limitation-maps-table Murder does not have a statute of limitations. Rape affects its survivors for the rest of their lives. PTSD does not have a "statute of limitations." Flashbacks do not end. Time may heal but as a survivor, I can say without a doubt that time does not erase the terror of having your agency violated in such a severe way. Second, campus security should under no circumstances be considered law enforcement. Indeed, campus security does not always (and did not in my case) report rapes it hears about to actual law enforcement. Campus security had no jurisdiction over the crimes committed by my rapist. Furthermore, the subject of my reports was the unwanted text messages - over which it did have control - and not the rapes. For the law to be interpeted in this way hurts survivors and lets perpetrators walk free. Because of the current statute of limitations and interpretation of campus security as law enforcement, my rapist walks free. He has coached high school girls' track and young women's cycling. He is able to continue taking no responsibility and continue perpetrating sexual violence. And this dismissal of charges may embolden him, even though he got off on a technicality. The current statute of limitations hurt me and hurts victims of rape all across our state. Please end the statute of limitations on rape in our state and make it clear that future victims will not be punished for reporting further harassment by their perpetrators. Thank you.
Petition to Steve Daines, Jon Tester, Lindsey Grovom, Dennis Lenz, Austin Knudsen, Montana Judicial Standards Commission, Steve Bullock
Impeach Judge John McKeon
A father raped his daughter multiple times and will only serve 60 days of jail time. Judge John C. McKeon sentenced 40 year-old Martin Blake to only 60 days of incarceration and probation for the admitted, multiple rapes of his 12 year-old. Judge McKeon even gave Blake credit for the 17 days served while awaiting trial, meaning he will only serve 43 days for the brutal sexual assault. This is not what the prosecution wanted. They had made a deal with the father that would give him a 100 year sentence with 75 years suspended for the repeated rapes. That would have put the father in jail for 25 years. Judge McKeon ignored what the prosecution recommended, and did what he thought was best for the rapist instead of the victim. 60 days in prison with a suspended 30 year sentence does not match the crime and fails to acknowledge the horrors the victim had to endure. Judge McKeon did not uphold the responsibility of ensuring justice as he is required to in his elected position. The judge provided a number of reasons for his horrible decision. None of them justify the sentence that was handed down. He is just one of many judges who have been caught handing down light sentences to rapists. This must stop and we can only do that by sending a message. It is time to start punishing the judges who let these monsters walk our streets. Please sign this petition calling for the impeachment of Judge John C. McKeon. Judge McKeon seemed to only listen to those who stood by a man who sexually assaulted his own daughter multiple times. From the victim’s mother to his church, they came out in support of Martin Blake. The victim only had the justice system on her side, and it failed her. Judge McKeon failed her. She deserves justice and together we can help be her voice. The Judicial Standards Commission must review this case to right this wrong, but in the meantime, we can ensure Judge McKeon doesn’t get to retire and collect a paycheck from taxpayers after failing to fulfill his duty as a judge. Please sign and show your support for the impeachment of Judge John C. McKeon.
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 Mark Emmert, L. Jay Lemons, NCAA
Dear NCAA: My Mom Is a Rape Survivor and You Can Help
My mother and I are asking the NCAA to ban violent athletes. Please read my letter and sign our petition. Let the NCAA know that sports are NOT more important than human lives! Dear NCAA, My name is Darius Adams. I’m the son of Brenda Tracy who is a public rape survivor. It was 2010 when my mom first told me that she was raped. I was 17. We were sitting in our car in our driveway. I remember it because it was a life-changing moment for me. She didn’t tell me because she wanted to. She told me because she had to. She was trying to save my life. I was out of control at the time. I was angry and broken and I didn’t care if I lived or not. I remember her crying and struggling to get the words out “I was raped.” She apologized to me over and over and asked me not to hate her. “Please don’t be ashamed of me. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” I still can’t understand why she was apologizing to me, but after that talk, I started to see her as a different person. I saw her as someone who had been hurt, and she was just doing the best she could as a single mother with two kids. It was then that I began to turn my life around — mostly for myself, but also for my mom. I wanted her to be proud of me. I wanted to make sure that what she went through and all the sacrifices she made for me and my brother were not in vain. It was 2014 when my mother went public with her story. I wasn’t prepared. She hadn’t told me the details in 2010, but now every ugly detail was on the internet in an article by John Canzano at the Oregonian. To this day, I haven’t read it all. I can’t. I just can’t. What I do know is that my mom was drugged and gang-raped by four football players in 1998. I know that Oregon State University gave two of them 25 hours community service and Coach Mike Riley gave them a one-game suspension. I know that the police threw away her rape kit and the DA lied to her about her case. I know that Oregon State cared more about football and money than my mom. I know that my mom wanted to kill herself, and I know that she almost did. And all because other people decided that football, money and reputation was more important than me and my brother having a mother. I was scared when the article first came out. I didn’t know how people would react to us. Would they attack my mom? Would they say terrible things about her? Would I have to defend her? And what would I say? But a great thing happened. People reached out to us and they supported us. They expressed their love and gratitude for my mom coming forward and being brave enough to tell her story. I was proud of her. It was the first time I saw her happy. It was like a huge weight had been lifted off of her. I’ve heard her say more than one time, “I walked out of my prison of shame and silence that day,” and she did. I could see it. Ever since then my mom has worked hard to help others. She’s passed five laws in Oregon. She’s won numerous awards. We just went to Washington, DC where she received the National Service Courage Award from the United States Attorney General. She also changed a Pac 12 rule so that athletes with serious misconduct issues can’t transfer into our conference. She’s my hero. And that’s why I’m writing to you. I’m a college athlete, and I watch ESPN religiously. There’s a serious problem in sports. We don’t take sexual violence seriously enough. Seventeen years ago Coach Mike Riley suspended the men that hurt my mom for one game and just yesterday I saw the story about Baylor. Nothing has changed. Schools are still more worried about money and football than people’s lives. I’m a grown man now. I would never hurt a woman that way and I know that most men wouldn’t. Why are we protecting this small group of men? Why are we allowing them to destroy people’s lives? All of these victims have families and they get hurt too. I’m still dealing with what happened to my mom. We need to do something right now, and I think it starts with the NCAA creating a policy that bans violent athletes. Enough is enough. It’s been 17 years and nothing has changed. How many more years do we have to wait for something to happen? As the NCAA you have authority over many schools. YOU can change this. These schools have proven that they are not going to do the right thing. I believe it is your responsibility to step in. And please don’t do it for me or my mom. Do it because it’s the right thing to do. Sincerely, Darius Adams
Petition to Joseph Vallario, Kathleen Dumais, Bobby Zirkin, Thomas Miller, Michael Busch
PASS The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act. Stop Serial Rapists & Child Molesters!
The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act (HB301/SB270) is back in 2018! Tell your legislators #TimesUp on serial predators claiming consent and getting away with it. Thanks to sponsors Senator Jim Brochin and Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary! Did you know? According to the CDC, one out of every five American women will experience rape during their lifetime. Every 98 seconds a person is sexually assaulted in this country. And every 8 minutes, that victim is child. Millions of men in the United States are also victims of rape. 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male. The vast majority of rapists will never be incarcerated. Only SIX out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison. When victims finally get to court, they want to believe that justice is imminent. But the laws are stacked against them. In Maryland, serial predators are able to hide prior instances of rape and child molestation from juries. Today, in 2018, a defendant’s past predatory sex acts are not admitted as evidence during a trial… even if a clear pattern of assault or abuse can be established. · If the defendant has a history of rape and assault, including any convictions—the jury will never know it. · If the defendant is a registered sex offender—the jury will never know it. · If there are other victims willing to testify and share their story—the jury will never know it. And while prosecutors cannot introduce this vital evidence, · Serial rapists can— and WILL— try to reference a victim’s sexual history despite rape shield laws. · Serial rapists can— and WILL—claim consent. · Serial rapists can—and WILL—rape again. We need your support. Help change the unimaginable reality Maryland’s victims of serial rapists and child molesters face every day. At least 35 jurisdictions and the federal government already have laws or rules enabling prosecutors to introduce this critical evidence. It is time Maryland joined these states and stood up for survivors of rape and molestation. Sign this petition and help us to pass critical legislation that will close these loopholes, before serial rapists and child molesters continue victimizing our friends, family members, and neighbors. Sign NOW to tell your representatives in the Maryland General Assembly you won’t wait to help victims. Will they?
Petition to Bill Haslam, Tennessee State Senate, Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Governor, Attorney Charles Bone, Tennessee State House
***HELP DEMAND JUSTICE*** #FREECYNTOIABROWN #JUSTICE
Cyntoia Brown, a 16-year old sentenced to life for the killing of Johnny Allen. Cyntoia Brown had been given up for adoption by her biological mother, Georgina Mitchell, when she was two years old. When Georgina became pregnant with Cyntoia, she continued consuming alcohol which may have resulted in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Georgina began using crack cocaine when Cyntoia was eight months old and Cyntoia was given up to Ellenette Brown. Even though Ellenette Brown provided a generally stable home, Cyntoia had not had sufficient stability in her life for proper emotional development and by 2004 had become a runaway. Sixteen-year-old Cyntoia Brown's sexual encounters had included many rapes, assaults during or before sex, and times when she was under the influence of drugs. Brown had a physically and sexually abusive pimp named "Kutthroat", who brandished guns at her and forced her into prostitution. Brown was picked up by a 43-year-old real estate agent, Johnny Allen and taken to his house on August 6, 2004. Brown stated that for several weeks, she had been repeatedly raped and was on drugs. When she arrived at Allen's house, she found it was full of guns. Brown said that she was afraid that she would be shot, which led her to shoot and kill Allen. Cyntoia Brown was then arrested for Allen's murder. From the day of her arrest she sat for six years until the start of her trial and she was convicted. She requested an assessment by Dr. William Bernet, a juvenile forensic psychiatrist from Vanderbilt University. She was found to have had a difficult childhood, but was considered competent to stand trial, and therefore tried as an adult, at the age of sixteen. She requested to testify on her own behalf at her trial, to tell her own story, but her legal team advised her not to do so. Prosecutors argued that her motive for killing Allen, a child rapist and predator who bought her from her pimp, drugged and raped her daily, was robbery. Brown was sentenced to 51 years to life for first degree murder. The prosecutor of the case had argued for life without parole by stating the importance of ensuring that dangerous and violent people are imprisoned, regardless of the circumstances that may have arisen to make them violent. After her conviction, her story caught the eye of a prominant Tennessee Attorney, Charles Bone, a Nashville attorney, who decided to join Brown's attorneys on the case. They argued for a new trial, particularly to allow Brown to testify on her behalf, something that was discouraged by her attorneys in the original case, to present evidence, and evidence about her developmental delays due to fetal alcohol syndrome. Brown’s new trial is in the appeal process as she sits in adult prison as the VICTIM. Brown is currently serving her sentence at the Tennessee Prison for Women. Did we somehow change the definition of #JUSTICE along the way?? Because.... Something is horribly wrong when the system ENABLES these rapists and the VICTIM is thrown away for life! To each of you responsible for this CHILD’S sentence, I hope to God you don't have children, because this could be your daughter being punished for punishing already!!!!!!!! PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND HELP ME GET JUSTICE FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRL WHO DOES NOT BELONG IN PRISON FOR THE ACTIONS SHE TOOK AGAINST HER PREDATOR/RAPIST. THE TENNESSEE JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS TAKEN AWAY THE REST OF HER CHILDHOOD AND ENTIRE ADULTHOOD, AND SHE WAS ALREADY ROBBED OF HER ENTIRE YOUTH. I WANT THIS CHILD TO KNOW LOVE DOES EXIST AND THE WORLD IS NOT ALL EVIL. I WANT CYNTOIA TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO SAW HER STORY, LISTENED, AND CARE ENOUGH TO DEMAND CHANGE AND JUSTICE FOR HER. PLEASE SIGN, SHARE, POST THE LINK ON YOUR MEDIA PAGES... AND WHEN THERE ARE ENOUGH SIGNATURES THE PETITION WILL BE SENT TO THE TENNESSEE GOVENOR, DEPT OF CORRECTIONS, SENATE REP, HER ATTORNIES, CONGRESS.... THANK YOU!!!! #ISTANDWITHCYNTOIA #JUSTICEFORCYNTOIA#FREECYNTOIABROWN #HOWMANYMORE
Petition to Attorney General
2016!!! Indict Eric D Boyd (#255762)
for the Murders of Channon Christian & Chris Newsom
Knoxville, Tennessee This horrifying story began when Eric Boyd borrowed his cousin, Nicole Mathis’ car, picked up his friends LeMaricus Davidson and Letalvis Cobbins from 2316 Chipman Street. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom had plans to hang out with friends for dinner and a movie. As they shared a kiss, in the parking lot of a friend’s home in the Washington Ridge Apartments, their evening was abruptly interrupted by LeMaricus Davidson and Eric Boyd pointing guns in their faces. LeMaricus Davidson and Eric Boyd forced their way into Channon’s vehicle, Carjacking and Kidnapping the couple for what turned into a weekend of pure evil. Letalvis Cobbins, the half-brother of LeMaricus Davidson, followed Channon’s SUV in the car that Eric Boyd supplied for these crimes, back to the Chipman Street house. Channon Christian was eventually tied up, raped, tortured, had bleach poured down her mouth to erase DNA evidence, a plastic bag wrapped around her head and stuffed into a kitchen trash can where she died of suffocation. Statements made by at least three of the killers involved in these crimes not only place Eric Boyd as an accomplice to the carjacking of the couple but also a vital part of the kidnapping, torture and murder of Christopher Newsom. Christopher Newsom was gagged, his hands were tied and he was raped, tortured, shot three times (Including once execution style) thrown onto train tracks and set on fire. Eric Boyd only received a Two Count 18-year sentence for being an accessory after the fact to the murders. Without this indictment, Eric Boyd will be set free to go home from Federal Prison in a couple of years, when he should be in prison for Life. However, directly because of him, Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom will never see home again. We are less than two months away from the 10 year anniversary of these heinous murders and would greatly appreciate you signing this petition. ●“Don’t you ever think for one second we don’t know what you did” Channon Christians father Gary, told Boyd. “I hate you beyond your comprehension”. Gary Christian 2008 ●“We believe that LeMaricus, George Thomas and possibly Eric Boyd did the shooting”. Hugh Newsom 2014 A petition on Change.Org (Over 320,000 signatures) did help deny Parole to one of the Kidnappers (Vanessa Coleman) in this same crime. YOU, the people, were heard loud and clear. Let’s make them hear you again! Please sign this petition and help us keep Eric Dewayne Boyd exactly where he deserves to be, behind bars! This is the final piece of closure that these two families and the City of Knoxville needs. Thank You for your support! #BringJusticeBackInStyleChannon&Christopher
Petition to Paul Polman
UNILEVER: disinvest from Myanmar! End rape and genocide of Rohingya!
IN RESPONSE TO THE MILITARY RAPE OF ROHINGYA WOMEN AND GIRLS, AND GENOCIDE OF THE ROHINGYA PEOPLE OF MYANMAR UNILEVER MUST IMMEDIATELY WITHDRAW ITS INVESTMENT IN MYANMAR. NO PEACE? NO DOVE! SIGN THE LETTER BELOW AND SEND YOUR OWN to firstname.lastname@example.org Open Letter to Paul Polman, CEO of UNILEVER Unilever House.100 Victoria EmbankmentLondon EC4Y 0DY.Tel. +44 (0)207 822 5252 Dear Mr Polman I support the campaign for UNILEVER to end its investment in Myanmar: “MYANMAR: NO PEACE? NO DOVE!” Women, girls mothers and grandmothers have been telling the world of the brutal rapes and torture they endured by the Myanmar armed forces, most recently in a report by Human Rights Watch “All My Body Was Pain”. Hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been forced to flee and still many remain trapped in dangerous situations in Myanmar. In December 2017, the UN Human Rights Chief Mr Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told the Human Rights Council of the “concordant reports of acts of appalling barbarity committed against the Rohingya”. The reports included allegations of security forces “deliberately burning people to death inside their homes; murders of children and adults; indiscriminate shooting of fleeing civilians; the burning and destruction of houses, schools, markets and mosques and the widespread rapes of women and girls.” The National League for Democracy as the elected government of Myanmar has a responsibility to control their military and be accountable for their failures. \UNILEVER claims to embody principles that respect the dignity and rights of women and girls, especially in your marketing of Dove products. UNILEVER has been so successful in this that the company you represent as CEO, holds the title of “Impact Champion” appointed by UN Women as part of their campaign to advance women’s rights. As an Impact Champion you proclaim that “Unilever aims to improve safety for women and girls in the communities where they operate.” We were encouraged to see that you personally were a signatory on the Open letter to the President of the Security Council and Member Countries of the Council to end the human crisis of Rohingyas in Myanmar, and that eventually the Company endorsed this position via a tweet stating that UNILEVER “stands firm with Nobel Peace laureates calling for action from UN Sec Council to protect the Rohingya”. But despite this stated support for Rohingya women and girls, UNILEVER continues to follow its 10 year investment plan in Myanmar of USD $667 million. This investment provides a veneer of credibility and is an important income stream to the Myanmar government and its military. By providing funds and credibility to the Myanmar government, UNILEVER is complicit with their atrocities, effectively condoning the perpetrators of rape and genocide. Precisely because of its investment, UNILEVER has the responsibility to take tangible action to protect the Rohingya people. It can use its significant economic leverage to live up to its claims of “…ensuring equal rights wherever we operate” . It is totally unacceptable that Unilever prides itself on respecting women’s safety, yet currently is allowing the profits created in Myanmar to condone and contribute to the rape of our sisters as part of the genocide of the Rohingya people. The management, shareholders and consumers of UNILEVER must urgently end their complicity with such crimes against humanity. A failure to act will severely damage the reputation of UNILEVER. Decades of work and billions of dollars invested in creating the image of UNILEVER will have been wasted if UNILEVER products, especially DOVE, become associated with rape, murder, ethnic cleansing and genocide. UNILEVER has the opportunity to be a world leader in defending the lives of girls and women by divesting from rape and killing. It’s time to show that “standing up for human rights” is more than just an advertising slogan. We look forward to UNILEVER divesting in order to end military rape and genocide in Myanmar. No Peace? No Dove! * * * * * * * * * * Sisters of Rohingya is a group of women from Burma, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, UK, USA....so far. Contact us at email@example.com.