Topic

Rape victims justice

7 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Jeff Sessions, John Conyers, Rick Snyder, William Schuett, Gary Peters, Debbie Stabenow, Jack Bergman, Bill Huizenga, Justin Amash, John Moolenaar, Daniel Kildee, Fred Upton, Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, Sander Levin, Paul Mitchell, Dave Trott, Debbie Dingell, Brenda Lawrence, Donald Trump, maria ruiz, Amanda Nguyen, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Remove Judge Gregory S. Ross from the bench

I've included James V. Young and Judge Donald A. Teeple for their culpability in this outrageous crime. Prosecutor James V. Young was the prosecutor on the original case and knew full well the docket that was being handed over to Judge Ross; Mr. Young also only asked for a charge of attempted rape, knowing the victim was pregnant due to being raped by Mirasolo. Judge Donald A. Teeple sentenced Mirasolo for this rape, but when Mirasolo was back in his court for a second rape of a 14 year old girl whom he threatened to kill and was armed with brass knuckles, instead of giving him the maximum sentence of 25 years, only sentenced him to 5, for which he only served 4.  Impeach Judge Gregory S. Ross and restore the rights to rape victims.  Christopher Mirasolo, 27, was convicted of raping a 12 year old girl and two other girls, 13 and 15 in 2008. Mirasolo was sentenced to one year in the county jail but only served six and a half months before early release to care for his sick mother. In March 2010 Mirasolo committed a sex assault on a victim between the ages of 13 and 15 years old. He served four years for this offense.  The 12 year old girl he raped in 2008 got pregnant due to being raped and Mirasolo is now seeking joint custody. THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE! The judge not only is granting custody, but he disclosed the victim's address and forced Mirasolo's name to be on the birth certificate of her now eight year old son WITHOUT HER CONSENT.  This judge needs to be removed from the bench and this victim needs to have herself and her young son protected from this monster. HE IS A PEDOPHILE and a CONVICTED RAPIST! This all began because the victim had applied for government assistance and the prosecutor forced a paternity test. Judge Ross did NOT have to compel custody without the rape victim's consent. Under the Child Custody Act, he could have compelled Mirasolo to pay support without giving custody. This young girl chose to protect the life of her unborn child and now Judge Ross, Judge Donald A. Teeple and prosecutor James V. Young are trying to destroy it.  No victim should have to suffer this atrocity. There should be federal laws in place to protect the rights of victims.   

Marilyn McDermott
140,642 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Narendra Modi, PMO Office, India, Maneka Gandhi, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar

PM Modi & Lawmakers: Make India ZERO TOLERANT to rape crimes. Make India safe.

This is a plea for my fellow Indians and every human out there willing to lend your support for social change. I want the Law and justice system in India to evolve, be stringent and resonate zero tolerance to horrific rape crimes. I shudder every single time I see a headline that mentions rape. Rape of a child, rape of a minor, rape of an elderly pensioner, rape of a student, gang rape of a teen, gang rape, mutilation and death of a woman, woman raped after giving birth, a teenager raped and set on fire- there is no end to this barrage of crimes. No female is spared- no matter the age. This rape epidemic affects every geographical state and every demographic. I refuse to create further divisions based on religion, affluence, caste or any other factor that the media chooses to portray in reporting many a rape crime. No amount of lobbying and campaigns for stringent laws and swift justice post the stomach-churning incident of Nirbhaya seems to have had an impact on the occurrence of rapes across the nation. The men who perpetrate these crimes have no understanding of the gravity of their crimes and neither do they fear the consequences of their action. We as people need our citizens, lawmakers, ministers, judges, doctors, psychiatrists and every influential individual who can affect change; to rally and ask for a system that is zero-tolerant towards rape and violence against women. No bail, no delays in processing, no delays using appeals process, no waiting in jail for parole for rape crime accused and convicts. We need to send a message to every man who even considers rape that he has no future. He needs to understand that he will not get to live like a normal human being after having violated a woman. His right to decent human life gets taken away the moment he rapes a woman.  Indian law and justice system- be it our lawmakers, law enforcers and those organisations that work with the above agencies need to strike fear into the hearts of every man who would resort to rape. Whether one is an accomplice or rapes a woman himself, set a punishment that is rigorous, lifelong and without parole; Not one that puts them in jail and gives them food and a place to live at the cost of the Indian public's tax money. If they'd like to live a free life, let them learn to live and lead a life free from rape and violence against women. I absolutely understand and concede that punishment should fit the crime but with the never-ending barrage of rape crimes, all those who consider rape, need to know the dire consequences that they face afterwards.  Human rights- the right to live and the right to live free of torture would force us to reexamine and rethink the need for the death penalty and other stringent punishments. But, what is being done when the very same rights that exist for a female life is being violated intentionally by rapists and their accomplices repeatedly with no fear of repercussions? An extreme step becomes the sole choice, even if it is a temporary one.  Social change takes its time to reach 100% compliance. I also implore the other members of this petition to undertake a study to understand the root cause and the pattern of sexual violence and rape crimes. Education, awareness and grassroots level implementation of gender equality, gender rights and gender sensitization is the need of the hour. I urge the Ministry of human resource development and all the educational institutions to reexamine our textbooks and what is being taught in schools and colleges to include these vital concepts for enabling the creation of responsible, aware and educated citizens of tomorrow. I cannot get myself to read the facts of rape crimes anymore. They are not stories or reports for me. I know not a single one of those that have been wronged but my blood boils for them and my heart bleeds for them and their loved ones. This petition is being sent to the Prime Minister of India, Ministry of law and justice, Ministry of women and child development, Ministry of human resource development among others.  This is my attempt to initiate change in India. Even if your views differ from mine, I urge you to share this in the hope of creating a positive impact. If you agree with me, sign the petition and do your part so every daughter of India walks on our roads fearlessly.

Shruthi Shankar
197 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to North Carolina State Senate, North Carolina State House

Tell the NC Legislature to Protect Victims of Sexual Assault and Let Women Revoke Consent

In 1979, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled in State V. Way that women can never revoke consent. This precedent has prevented women for almost 40 years from receiving justice. In one case, a woman was raped and when she brought it to the courts, her abuser received 10 months in jail for assault on a female instead of the 5-7 years he should have been sentenced to for a rape charge. Not only is this precedent immoral, but it is preventing women from receiving justice. This common law impacts both women (and men) in North Carolina and has been in place for too long. This law applies in the case that a woman has given her consent to intercourse and then redacts it. In some cases, consent has been redacted due to violence and even though initially consent was given, it is still rape. Senator Jeff Jackson of Mecklenburg County has introduced legislation (Senate Bill 553) to override this precedent, but in the last legislative session it got stuck in the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate. We urge Sen. Jackson to re-sponsor the bill but to make the new bill include all types of sexual assault. In addition to signing this, please call your representatives and senators and urge them to pass an updated version of Senate Bill 553 (otherwise known as 'Revoke Consent for Intercourse'). Sen. Bill Rabon is the chairman of the committee that has current jurisdiction of the matter and needs to hear our voices. Contact him at (919) 733-5963. This court precedent affects all of us and it is imperative that we pressure the NC Legislature to override it as soon as possible. Click here to see our Facebook, what we're doing to push this legislation through, and order one of our stickers online to show your support!

No Means No! NC
49 supporters