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rape

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Update posted 2 days ago

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.   

Hilary Grant
35,355 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to American Medical Association

Call on the AMA to recommend policies that protect coma patients

An Apache woman in a vegetative state for 14-years just gave birth at the Hacienda HealthCare clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. There’s absolutely no way she could have consented to intercourse. Staff didn’t even know she was pregnant until she was effectively giving birth. Due to disabilities, she's been at this facility for the majority of her life. Her family is devastated and outraged that their daughter was raped at a facility intended to care for her unique needs. The facility is doing genetic testing on male staff to find the father, and requiring male staff be accompanied by a female staff member when dealing with patients. These actions after the fact cannot take away that a woman in a coma was raped and gave birth at this facility. Women in vegetative states shouldn’t be violated. Tell the American Medical Association (AMA) to create policy recommendations that protect coma patients from sexual assault and rape. Noticeably absent is America’s largest medical association. The AMA has no policies requiring male staff be accompanied by female staff when dealing with coma patients. Patients in vegetative states are uniquely vulnerable to sexual assault. Tell the AMA to create recommendations for policies that put coma patients first - protect coma patients from rape. The AMA should create policies for facilities to follow if they are caring for patients in a coma. Those policies could include: requiring male staff be accompanied by female staff, and monitoring who goes in and out of coma patient rooms through sign in sheets and cameras. These patients can’t speak for themselves. Tell the AMA to protect coma patients. This woman is not alone. Other women who have been in comas for half a decade or more have been impregnated at facilities in Massachusetts and New York as well. Coma patients shouldn’t be put into situations that allow them to be violated by caretakers or visitors. Tell the AMA to create a guiding policy that keeps coma patients safe.

Campaigns Lab
644 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Illinois Governor, Illinois State Senate, Illinois State House

Consideration for victims of Sexual Assault.

Victims of sexual assault have suffered tremendously. They rarely report their assault because of fear, stigma, lack of education, lack of support, and lack of Justice.  After reporting my sexual assualt while still within the Illinois Statute of limitations I found out first hand why many don't report or soon drop their case after reporting.  First victims must tell officers and sometimes doctors exactly what happened to file a report. Then they have to go over the details again with the State's Attorney's office if they want a chance of Justice. They are then told it could take months maybe a year to make a decision on whether it can be prosecuted. Then if they want to have protection from the person who sexually assaulted them, they have to petition for an order of protection. To do this after filling out paperwork they have to go over the details of their assault in front of not only a judge, but also other citizens petitioning for orders of protection. There is no separation.  The chances of getting an order of protection are slim because the petitionor has the burder of proof and it is very hard to prove rape. So there is very little legal protection for sexual assault survivors, adding to the fear of retaliation.  Then if they deny the emergency order of protection the victim has to go to court sometimes multiple times for a plenary hearing for an order of protection. At which time the survivor of sexual assault has to go over the details of the assault again with no separation between citizens petitioning and objecting to orders of protection.   They can be harrassed, threatened, and intimidated by their rapist and unless they have evidence such as camera proof no legal protection is afforded to them.  If they actually survive this tramatic experience they might then get their chance at court for the actual sexual assault. The chances are slim though. Very few rape cases ever see the inside of the courtroom but that is another issue.  The problem is before the victim even makes it to the courts for the assault. We need to make it easier for victims to report rapes. It starts with not making them explain everything to a courtroom full of people just to attempt to get an order of protection. It starts with not having a judge say you can't get an order of protection until you prove he raped you since the burden of proof in sexual assault is much higher.  It starts with not being forced to sit less than three feet away from the man who brutally raped you while trying to get protection against him.  We need to have a law in the State of Illinois making sexual assault cases a different class of Orders of Protection under such they should be heard on a single case basis so the victim is not forced to tell a room full of the public the details of their assault. It is also imperative that those who have been assaulted are able to get a temporary order of protection until the assault case is closed. Nobody should have to be forced to sit next to the person that assaulted them. It should be madated that an advocate should be allowed to divide the parties.  Please help me fight for the survivors of sexual assault so they don't become just another statistic. Thank you!  

Sarah Burris
9 supporters