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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  

Zaynub AFINNIH
819,568 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks ago

Petition to Joseph Vallario, Kathleen Dumais, Bobby Zirkin, Mike 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?

Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City
4,226 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

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

Kelvin Cowans
4,525 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Everyone, Highland High School, bannock county police

is a rapist

I would like to apologize in advance that this will likely be full of typos. Though this is obviously not ideal, the fact that I have to write this in the first place causes me a lot of distress and I’d like to get it over with quickly. My first interaction with was in class where he threatened to rape me. My second interaction with him was him tasing me, forcing me down, and shoving his hands in my pants while I bit him, yelled and tried to shove him off of me. Two of his friends were present. I asked one of them, “Aren’t you going to help me?” simply replied, “He knows if he does anything I’ll kick his ass.” It took me about a year to work up the courage to report what did to me. My therapist implored me to, but I brushed it off. I told him that it didn’t matter and that I’d be okay. He didn’t doubt this, but offered me something that put things in perspective — How would I feel if he did this to my little sister instead? That, in conjunction with the fact that every time I would hear of him it was about him sexually harassing girls, pushed me to report him. Since happened to be in my second hour, I was kicked out, tossed into credit recovery, and told to complete the online equivalent of the class. My teacher and I confronted the vice principal about how this made me feel. We were both just shrugged off multiple times. I frankly felt like I was being punished for being raped. friend and I were interviewed forensically and our stories matched up. pleaded guilty. I was told I could write a victim statement for the hearing and attend it. Then, the day before the hearing, they informed me I couldn’t come anymore and that my letter wouldn’t be needed. The next day, they told me that they needed my letter again. My mom brought them my rough draft because I had not gotten the chance to type up a better version due to the miscommunication. Upon arrival, they asked if she wanted to stay for the hearing. She started bawling. She was very understandably frustrated with the handling situation. After everything, was only given probation. I am beyond frustrated. has not only assaulted me, but so many other girls. The evidence is undeniable and still the justice system has done nothing. I truly don’t know what to do from here, so I’m starting this to make noise. Sometimes you can’t fix things on your own. All you can do is yell about things until someone listens and helps you fix it.  If you or someone you know has been impacted negatively by and would like to join me in voicing your grievances, I would greatly appreciate it.

Lexi Azzola
512 supporters