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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

Amanda Nguyen
140,304 supporters
Update posted 1 week 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
1,473 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

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,

Daniel McKenzie
388 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

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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 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 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?

#dontcrywolf Campaign
1,934 supporters