Petition to The Congress
Let The Punishment Fit The Crime
*Phần Tiếng Việt ở bên dưới. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter” (Martin Luther King Jr.). According to the Australian Institution of Criminology 1993, one in three girls are sexually abused and one in five boys shared the same condition. I couldn’t ignore anymore when I saw the penalty send out to the sexual terrorists in Vietnam. N.A.T was ten when she was sexually assaulted by Thuy Khac Nguyen. But she wasn't the only one, there were three more victims. Things are supposed to be easy since the prosecutor already have enough evidence to send him to jail. The problem was his jail time. In July 2016 the mother of one of the victims accused Nguyen of sexual harassment to her eight years old daughter. She also accused him of other inappropriate behaviors to others victims. Through investigation, the police had had enough evidence to accused him with two young girls (they were 15 and 10 years old) sexual harassment. Everybody was talking about the case, how the judges have put out the wrong penalty. This man first trial make him served three years; but then in the second trial, he was sentenced to eighteen months on probation. Because of that, the social media gone wild demanded another trial. Then thanks to the power of the public Nguyen had his third trial, he was charged with child sexual harassment but only served three years. This doesn't justify. Now we have the opportunity to fix that and I want to do everything in my power to make it right. You don't get to touch young girls and get away with it. They are too young to stand up for themselves; especially when they are still afraid of what society may think, so WE HAVE TO STAND UP FOR THEM. What the abusers did was more than “harassment”, it’s sexual terrorism. These people terrorize our girls’ and boys’ mentally and physically. Their action changes these children’s life forever, it can’t be undone. While their action has a negative effect why don't we use our action to make a positive outcome so that justice can be served? This was just one of hundreds and thousands of cases has been and will be mistreated. According to the law in Vietnam, child sexual harassment only served from six months to three years. While the public was furious with the judges, I found out that the inefficiency of the law was the main problem. No punishment can ever be enough but in this way, at least the abusers get what they deserve. Justice can be served when and only when we take action. Innocence was lost, childhood has been destroyed. These girls and boys can be your friends, your children, your sisters, your brothers. We cannot let this injustice happen any longer. As a teenage girl, I was hoping to share this with everyone because the first thing to fix a problem is to acknowledge it. We are living in the time where robbery sentence is as long as child sexual abuse. I'm hoping to get as much attention as I can get to change this injustice system. Let the punishment fit the crime. *Bản tiếng Việt dưới đây không có cùng nội dung như bản tiếng Anh. Việc đưa ra hình phạt quá thấp cho tội lạm dụng tình dục trẻ em sẽ không cản được suy nghĩ đê hèn của những tên tội phạm, mà trái lại còn khiến chúng nghĩ rằng đây chỉ là loại tội phạm không nghiêm trọng như cướp của hay trộm cắp vặt. Dâm ô với trẻ em cũng là một loại trộm cắp; chúng trộm cắp cả một cuộc đời, cả một tuổi thơ. Các em giờ đây phải nhìn đời bằng một con mắt khác. Nếu xã hội muốn bảo vệ trẻ em một cách tốt nhất có thể, thì phải coi tội phạm xâm hại tình dục trẻ em là loại tội phạm nghiêm trọng và đáng khinh bỉ nhất, và do đó, loại tội phạm này phải chịu hình phạt cao như những tội phạm nghiêm trọng khác. "1 trong 3 phụ nữ trên thế giới bị bạo hành về thể chất hoặc tình dục, phần lớn là bởi những người thân quen. Đó là những con số đáng báo động mới được công bố bởi UN Women." Vụ án của ông Nguyễn Khắc Thuỷ đã khép lại nhưng công lý vẫn chưa được thực thi. Tột cùng nỗi đau của cha mẹ là khi thấy đứa con bé bỏng của mình bị hại nhưng không làm gì hơn được. Tuyên án ba năm cho tội dâm ô với trẻ em là không thỏa đáng nhưng gia đình nạn nhân nào có thay đổi được gì. Là một học sinh năm cuối cấp ba, em biết mình không có sức ảnh hướng gì đáng kể nhưng cùng với sự giúp đỡ của mọi người, em mong sẽ sửa đổi được luật pháp Việt Nam. Em biết viết đơn kiến nghị này sẽ chẳng thay đổi được gì nhưng ít ra bước đầu tiên dẫn đến thay đổi là hiểu biết. Như mọi người đã đọc qua trên các trang báo và báo mạng ông Nguyễn Khắc Thuỷ bị buộc tội dâm ô trẻ em với hai bé gái. Trong khi mọi người đang vui mừng vì toà tuyên án mức phạt là ba năm thay vì mười tám tháng như ban đầu thì em vẫn cảm thấy mức án này chưa thoả đáng. Sau khi tìm hiểu em mới phát hiện rằng theo luật pháp Việt Nam tội phạm ấu dâm đi tù từ sáu tháng tới ba năm, và từ ba đến bảy năm trong trường hợp thuộc khoản hai tức là có từ hai nạn nhân trở lên. Tuy rằng không có mức phạt nào có thể bù đắp được so với nỗi đau của nạn nhân và gia đình phải trãi qua nhưng ít ra công lý cũng được thực thi. Xâm hại tình dục không chỉ đơn giản là nỗi đau thể xác mà còn là nỗi đau tinh thần. Tương lai của những đứa trẻ này sẽ bị xáo trộn hoàn toàn và những tên tội phạm ấu dâm này vẫn sẽ tiếp tục tái phạm, những con người tệ hại sẽ lại sa vào lỗi lầm vì bản án quá thấp. Vì luật pháp không chỉ để trừng phạt mà còn để đe doạ. Những đứa trẻ này một ngày nào đó có thể là con, là cháu, là chị, là anh, là em, là bạn của chúng ta nếu việc này cứ tiếp diễn. Ngay cả luật pháp còn sai thì ai sẽ làm điều đúng?
Petition to email@example.com
Cardinal Cupich Must Resign
We, the undersigned, in virtue of the Second Vatican Council’s empowering of the laity to respectfully voice their deeply held concerns to the shepherds in matters of the Church, respectfully beg His Eminence Blase Cardinal Cupich of Chicago to tender his resignation of his archdiocese, effective immediately. In the aftermath of the "Summer of Shame" for the Church regarding the scandal of homosexual clerical predation and the promotion of sodomy at all levels of the Church, His Eminence has demonstrated a woeful lack of pastoral concern for both laity and his own clergy. From his massively insensitive and unpastoral remarks to a Chicago TV station, where he said there is a "bigger agenda" than dealing with priestly sex abuse, to his doubling down on those comments less than a week later to a group of seminarians, which scandalized them, to his handling of the case of Fr. Paul Kalchik, a victim of homosexual rape whom he reportedly threatened to commit to psychiatric treatment, all of this demonstrates a pattern of extreme negligence in the fulfillment of his duties as shepherd, as well as increasing intolerance and lack of respect for faithful Catholics in his charge. His reputation for this is now spreading far and wide throughout not just the Catholic world, bringing shame and scandal on the Church, but also in the secular world, where his comments are now the source of scandal for even non-Catholics. In the face of all this just criticism, he demonstrated an embarrassing lack of humility as well as spiritual immaturity in blaming the TV station for "unfair editing" — a charge they disproved almost immediately. Cardinal Cupich must publicly apologize for his insensitivity, intolerance, lack of transparency, lack of willingness to dialogue and resulting sadness, sorrow and scandal to the People of God that his willful actions have inflicted on them, and he must resign his post immediately. The People of God can no longer endure the reign of a man whose very presence worries the faithful that each new day brings with it the increasing possibility of yet another national embarrassment for the Church. The faithful can no longer endure — nor should they endure — this appointment.
Petition to UMBC Administration
Demands and Grievances Concerning UMBC Rape Coverup
Statement: We are a survivor-centered student coalition demanding a lasting and ongoing change in the way that cases of sexual misconduct and violence are handled within the UMBC community, especially at the administrative and judicial level. In light of the recently filed lawsuits, with thanks to the named plaintiffs, we demand that UMBC heed our listed grievances and demands and actively work to create a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment for survivors. Grievances and Demands: For his failure to enact justice, for his use of fear tactics against survivors, for his disregard for safety: We Demand Paul Dillon, UMBC Chief of Police, be immediately removed from his position in the university, with all new candidates for his position vetted by a task force consisting of representatives from cultural organizations, survivor organizations, social justice organizations, and student government dedicated to auditing the rebuilding process heretoafter referred to as the Rebuilding Committee (RC). For her unwillingness to pursue the full process of justice in Title IX investigations, for her constant mishandling and delay of cases, for her lack of communication: We Demand Bobbie Hoye, Title IX Coordinator, Human Relations Officer, and Assistant General Counsel be immediately suspended, pending investigation, from her position in the university, with all new candidates for her position vetted by the RC. Furthermore, the Title IX office should be expanded and restructured to an extent that it can reliably return an investigation within sixty days. For his incompetent handling of cases under his care, for returning massive and preventable delays in investigations: We Demand Erick Kim, Title IX Investigator, be immediately suspended, pending investigation, from his position in the university, with all new candidates for his position vetted by the RC. Furthermore, the Title IX office should be expanded and restructured to an extent that it can reliably return an investigation within sixty days. For doing nothing as players under his leadership commit gross abuses, for being complicit in the coverup, for allowing rapists to play for his team We Demand Bob Mumma, head coach of the UMBC Retrievers baseball team, be immediately suspended, pending investigation, from his position in the university, with all new candidates for his position vetted by the RC. For knowingly employing a student while said student was the subject of a rape investigation, for continuing to employ that student currently in a position of confidence: We Demand Carlos Alexis Turcios, Program Associate for Diversity and Inclusion, be immediately suspended, pending investigation, from his position in the university, with all new candidates for his position vetted by the RC. Said student must also be removed. For allowing this issue to fester unaddressed, for attempting to brush over this issue with a wholly inadequate and misleading apology: We Demand that the entirety of the upper administration apologize for their failure to handle the situation as well as for their initial statement on Friday, September 14th. We demand the administration hold meetings at a minimum of twice a month with the RC to address the issues in these grievances and promote a survivor-centered climate. In order to properly address the failures highlighted by the current investigation, we demand the following steps are taken to improve the UMBC campus climate for survivors of sexual violence: 1)We Demand a nationally recognized survivors’ group must be paid to consult on and implement new sexual assault response policies at the university. 2)We Demand the implementation of a more comprehensive and mandatory preventative sexual assault education for ALL UMBC paid employees, especially the UMBC Police Department, be discussed and approved by the RC. 3) We Demand the implementation of mandatory preventive in person sexual assault education, approved by the RC, for ALL UMBC students, including undergraduate students, graduate students, and transfer students, and a block on class registration for non-compliant students (who will be provided several opportunities to complete the program). 4) Recognizing that many perpetrators have benefited from and continue to benefit from scholarships both athletic and merit-based, We Demand ANY student accused of sexual misconduct be suspended from all positions within UMBC, leadership roles, paid or otherwise, and sport teams pending investigation and be placed on financial probation until the completion of the investigation. 5) Considering the criteria for an Title IX appeal, the decision process can take longer than a week and a half. Therefore, We Demand the Title IX office informs all individuals going through their process of all deadlines regarding the appeals process within and outside of the Title IX office. 6) In light of the total failure of the Title IX office on campus to deliver justice, We Demand the Title IX office on campus must be expanded to include investigators and advocates who have been approved by the RC as well as participating in a holistic outreach campaign which should include but not be limited to the following: Tabling at all student oriented multi-organizational events, distribution of student health posters on campus, advertisement campaigns in campus circulars, and tabling in high traffic areas on campus. In addition, We Demand the office reinstate the Voices Against Violence Program and hire a full-time coordinator, approved by the RC, who is dedicated to supporting survivors and overseeing sexual assault prevention education programming. 7) As survivors are often left without adequate medical care on campus, We Demand the health services on campus must be overhauled, with a larger better trained and equipped staff including a on-call family practice physician in the UHS as well as nurses trained to administer rape kits. UHS hours must be expanded to a full 24 hour service to include the weekend, and after-hours counselling must be provided at the Counseling Center. Furthermore, We Demand that the UHS and Counseling Center not be moved away from the residential areas of campus. 8) As the safety of students has been routinely disregarded by campus administration, We Demand the number of blue lights be increased, until a blue light can be seen from every other blue light on campus, update antiquated blue light pillars, and a plan for their maintenance must be adopted. 9) Since there are situations where sexual violence occurs in tandem with extralegal activities, in order to encourage the reporting of these incidents and engender a safe environment for those reports, We Demand reporters and survivors of sexual violence must be provided legal amnesty for extralegal activities which occurred tangentially to the incident described in the report 10) To make best use of resources available to students, We Demand the formatting of the information on Red Cards and Residential Life IDs be revamped to add emergency and crisis support phone numbers. We Demand to be Heard. We Demand Change. We Demand Justice.
Petition to SONY, Sony Music, The Orchard
Tell the Music Industry #WeKnow and it's not OK.
All we are asking is that you take a moment to read this and evaluate facts. The history of the accused and the accusers. If you would like to help us have a voice, it starts here. If you would like to help us remove abusive misogynists and sexual predators from the music industry, it starts here. Let promoters, venues, managers, and fans know that #WeKnow and it's NOT OK. Ways you can help: Visit We Know blog to find your local venue, copy and paste our e-mail message to them. Feel free to add your own words, explanations, and feelings about this. Tag or @ your local venue via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to voice your concerns on this issue and why they should no longer book harmful musicians and bands. Post to your own Instagram a photo of your local venue or thoughts on the issue. # the venue to spread the word. Visit We Know Blog to contact The Orchard and Sony Music. Share this!! Over the past few months, you have heard our stories (past few years actually if you’ve been paying close attention). We have come forward with our experiences of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse from Jonny Craig. This is not something we have just recently started talking about. This is something we have all been talking about while still presently in a relationship with him – as far back as 2012. We (for the most part) cannot list specifically a finite number of times the abuse occurred. It was ongoing throughout the entirety of our “relationship”s. Something we had to endure to keep him from intentionally “overdosing” or “quitting music” (as his threats would often go). When these relationships end, he easily manipulates everyone around him, including any new target that we are all “just crazy”. Jealous and bitter we could no longer be together. Through the passing of time and his own actions, the body count of “crazy girls” is mounting. “Crazy girls” via his word choice, when in reality we are simply abuse survivors seeking answers and closure for our trauma. We could go on for pages and detail the accounts of abuse. We have done so on our own social media accounts, for years now. Additionally, Jonny has painted an accurate representation of himself through his own countless social media posts of a misogynistic nature. These can be seen directly in the #WeKnow Instagram Those that know our story more than likely know his. He has done nothing but remain silent on any and all allegations until recently. He has ignored them like the coward he is, hoping they would just go away and he could continue in life with his predatory ways. Unfortunately, that’s not how the world works. The label that has been by his side upwards of a decade (Artery, recently acquired by Warner) chose to drop Slaves. SiriusXM Octane Channel publicly denounced him and permanently removed any Slaves music from its rotation. His band contains 0 of the original members. They cannot tolerate the adult babysitting and consequences required that comes along with the abusive train wreck that is Jonny Craig. He is now signed with The Orchard (Sony), who must somehow be living under a rock to remain unaware of his egregious transgressions. He was given a second chance by Warped Tour in 2015 – just to be kicked off for his sexual misconduct toward their merch girl. Their attempted defense to these claims was to have a previous merch girl write a long “heartfelt” letter about how she never felt harmed by him..one that has stake in her career and wouldn’t dare take a mis-step to fall back down the misogynist ladder. Not to mention anyone that has worked with him in the past has signed a non-disclosure agreement (gee, I wonder why). Anyone with a job in the industry…and hoping to keep a job in the industry…has made some muddy moral decisions to do so. Upon being called out in the “town meeting”, he regurgitated up some sob story about how he was just recently broken up with and will “surely relapse” if kicked off tour. His jury of peers saw through the veil of lies and chose to vote and kick him out. It is time the industry follows suit. Vying for complete and utter unwarranted pity is his go-to move. This is the angle he works when he knows he’s just about used up his current target. He can write vague tweets about how he had ex girlfriends that “stayed anyway even though he was on drugs” while clearly failing to leave out how he falls to the ground and threatens to commit suicide any time his abuse target tries to leave. This is only after his physical, mental, and sexual harm no longer fazes them. This is when he realizes they have started to realize they deserve better, a way out. This is the angle he uses on everyone, his dying number of fans included. His main talking point is STILL that we are all just “crazy bitter exes” that somehow want to be with him and since he “doesn’t want us” anymore…we all just “want to ruin his career” or “want to be relevant online” etc etc etc. He will often point to how all his past mistakes simply occurred because he was high. This in no way alleviates the culpability for his actions while under the influence. Are we to view drunk drivers as blame free because they wouldn’t ever soberly hit and kill someone? He often promises there’s some “new” him surfacing and just needs to be “finally given a chance.” He has been given chances. Countless chances. And proved time and time again what sort of monster lies underneath his exterior. He is nobody without the attention, adoration, or financial support from someone else. When left to his own devices he must look himself in the mirror and see who he is. An empty, unlovable soul that relies on his dwindling musician power to break women. With no real world skills or education, he relies on his “career” as a musician to open these doors for him. He wields a power dynamic of “being known” to weasel his way into advantageous situations with UNDERAGED women, women he randomly targets online, or women he has arranged to meet at his show. He may never take full responsibility for the trail of victims that have come forward, but he will stop when he is forced to. When his victims of opportunity are taken away from him. And we need you to help us make that happen. We have no desired relevance to gain. We have no jealousy card to play. Only a monster to slay. And that monster is him. It is time to let the industry know: WE KNOW. And it’s not OK.
Petition to Mark Rozzi, Judith schwank, Mike Fitzpatrick, Pat Toomey, Page Rothstein
The pa supreme court's recent decision has sided with the predator no registry requirement
Muniz case that our Pa supreme court has called unconstitutional to the predators has allowed my daughter's predator to get only probation and no REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS...none. This decision voted on by majority of affluent white men,is set to limit restrictions on current registry predators and limit the amount of years a predator has to register. The ruling also states that if the sexual abuse occurred before the new Megan's law requiring stricter rules, that retroactive criminal charges can not be applied to the new Megan's law tougher requirements that was enacted in 2012. That it's unconstitutional to retro back any sexual abuse crimes and apply the new Megan's law tougher requirements to that conviction. So in other words, say your daughter was sexually assaulted by her bus driver at 7 and 8 years old and the crime occurred in 2008, but child was scared and ashamed to say anything, than in 2015 when she is old enough to realize what he did to her was wrong, she reports the abuse and realizes there was another girl the bus driver molested years before. That the mother reported that crime, but because it was before the new Megan's law requirements to report any abuse of a child, that the school district and bus company swept it all under the rug and made the conscious decision to allow him to drive bus and have unrestricted access to little children including my baby girl Amanda. Now let this sink in, please. This predator who molested 2 elementary school girls not only gets only 2 years probation, but because of the new Muniz decision has been released from any further requirements and will be free and clear to have unrestricted access to little children. We need to hold these predators accountable for their crimes and protect our innocent children from further fear and harm. There's no statues of limitations for murder or any other violent crime, why not the same across the board and get rid of this Muniz decision? My fears should be your fears if this decision is allowed to stand. Ty. And this is my daughter's voice as well as mine. For this story is not fiction, we are living this nightmare now. I need your signature and voice to stop this. This decision needs to be overturned. This will only cause more fear and axiety to the victims. It will also hurt the victims who have not come forward yet. What message is this decision sending to them. This decision can not be justified. Please help me to get this ruling overturned here.
Petition to Archbishop Wilton Gregory
Abp. Wilton Gregory, be a worthy shepherd for Washington
With the announcement on April 4, Archbishop Wilton Gregory is now the Archbishop of Washington. Catholic Laity continues to ask for a worthy shepherd who will be a robust teacher of the Catholic Faith and defender of Catholic morals. We also continue to seek for the laity better communication with the hierarchy and the Holy See. We are ready to work with Archbishop Gregory to achieve these goals. This appointment is important not only for the residents of the Archdiocese of Washington. The Archbishop of Washington has traditionally been named a Cardinal and is necessarily a leading prelate in the Nation and in the whole Church. His voice will be heard and it can make a difference in the issues of faith and morals that are facing our Church today. We need a strong advocate of the Faith in this crucial position. TO THE SIGNERS: We need to look beyond this appointment and build a network of involved laity who can communicate effectively with our Bishops about the reform of the hierarchy and clergy. All the signers of this petition can be reached by a single email and will be invited to join such a network. Please watch for updates to this petition for more information. We have a huge job to do. The recovery of holiness in the clergy will not happen without the insistence and example of the laity. Thank you for your prayers and support!
Petition to Barbara Ballard, Laura Kelly, Kansas State House, Kansas State Senate, Tom Holland, Marci Francisco, Brenada Dietrich, Ron Ryckman Jr., Richard Hilderbrand
Make Kansas Clergy Mandate Reporters regarding Child Sex Crime and Abuse!!!
We are putting this petition together to have a law made making ALL Kansas clergy mandate reporters of Sexual abuse and abuse in general of a child. It's time to stop silencing a child's voice. It's time for churches to understand and realize they are not above the law. Here is our story and our petition to help stop this from Happening again.How many of you are aware that Clergy are NOT mandated reporters in the state of Kansas?We are sharing Sheldons story to help raise awareness and help stop this from happening to any other family.Unfortunately, we found out through a very difficult situation that ministers in the State of Kansas are not mandated reports. In December of 2017 our 10-year-old son came forward and told my husband and I that he was sexually abused in our church during an overnight stay in October inclusive of a few other incidences in our home. The incidences included various forms of rape and sodomy of my 10-year-old son by older boys.After falling apart and talking with my husband during this gut-wrenching vulnerable time, the plan was to report it to our church leaders to give them a warning first and then to the police next. We felt if we went to our church leaders first then they would go with us as support to the police especially after hearing the horrors of my son’s story.However, this is not what happened… The church leaders asked us to wait 24 hours, so they could pray and come up with a plan on how to handle the situation asking us to speak to no one regarding this matter. Not knowing how to handle this situation while feeling lost and uncertain during this time we agreed. After 24 hours instead of being met with a plan of action on how to move forward regarding my son’s molestation, a text was sent to us telling us we were to meet with the leadership and the families that Sunday after church. By this time, we realized that the leadership instead of supporting us within the legal avenues they were wanting control of the situation. Therefore, we felt the need and were compelled to go to the police ourselves and take care of the situation in a legal fashion.We went to the leadership on a Thursday night and ended up calling the police by Friday night. My son ended up going to Children’s Mercy for a rape kit and blood tests on Saturday as advised by the police and hospital. Later on we found out that if we had waited much later to report this and to do the rape kit that after midnight of that Saturday the results would not have been admissible in court. That evidence was hours away from not being able to be used in court if we had waited until we met on Sunday to meet with the families and listened to the leadership. Consequently. time is of the essence in these types of situations on when things need to be reported not only so they can be used in court but in order to stop these crimes from reoccurring.Therefore, it is very pertinent that ministers are mandated reporters. While my husband and I were talking to the detective after our son gave his statement the detective shared his own frustrations with clergy not being mandated reporters. The detective commented that the police get so frustrated during these situations because the churches want to handle molestations in-house which have prevented getting justice for the children such as in the case of the Catholic churches. A lot of times the perpetrators and victim do not get the help they need, and the crimes carry on damaging countless lives. Right now, about half the states have laws stating clergy are mandated reporters, therefore we need to get more effective laws passed to protect our children beginning with Kansas.Therefore, Larry and I are asking for your help which the first step is to sign the petition yourselves which is shown on the link on the bottom.The second step is to create an awareness of the need for mandated reporting by everyone. Please let your pastor know about the petition and have them sign it as well. In addition, We would appreciate the opportunity to talk about this before congregations or groups to make our son’s story known to help propel a clergy mandated reporting law into existence. The goal is to have at least 5,000 signatures by December before we go present the law to state legislation of January 14, 2019. Please help make an impact on children’s lives! How many times have children gone unheard simply because the church keeps it hidden or tries to handle things "internally"? We are telling Sheldons story not to gain attention or fame but to raise awareness about how close to home the threat can be. How often abuse in the church goes undealt with and the trauma and longterm damage that results from it. Sheldon coming forward sadly doesn't happen in most cases. A staggering 60% of kids who are sexualy molested don't ever come forward. We could have just fallen apart completely and lost our faith and blamed God, but we didn't. Instead we are starting Kids Voice Ministries and Kids Voice Kansas To empower children to speak up and to believe that someone does indeed care and will believe them and most importantly STOP the abuse. Even in the church. Our other mission and focus is educating churches and the religious sec on children's rights and how devastating it is when you cover up or down grade what has been done to a child. Pray that God will work through us to help stop the suffering and free children from the chains of sexual abuse and that their voice WILL be heard!!!
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.