Petition to Jay Costa, Pennsylvania State Senate, Robert Casey, Tom Wolf, Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania State House, Andrew Dinniman, Patricia Vance, Stan Saylor, Brendan Boyle, Frank Farry, Glenn Thompson, Mike Kelly, Tim Murphy, Tom Marino, Mike Doyle, Dan Miller, Robert Freeman, Marguerite Quinn, Matthew Cartwright, Lou Barletta, Scott Perry, Charlie Dent, Bill Shuster, Florindo Fabrizio, Robert Brady
Support Safe Harbor Legislation for Sexually Exploited Children
The average age of commercially sexually exploited children is 14. Juvenile victims of sexual exploitation face a life continually threatened by torture, rape, broken bones, fractures, and extreme psychological manipulation to such an extent that most victims develop symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome as a result of having been trafficked. According to the International Labor Organization, 4.5 million illegally trafficked individuals are forcibly sexually exploited, and 21% of those individuals are estimated to be less than 18 years of age. Children who are victimized in the illegal sex trade are still criminalized in the state of Pennsylvania. The state contends that it is legal for juvenile victims of sex trafficking to receive criminal charges for prostitution, public indecency, obstruction of highways and other public passages. According to the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania, Shared Hope’s Protected Innocence Challenge conducted a study of state laws in 2015 that addressed domestic minor sex trafficking. They found that Pennsylvania ranked 35th on the effectiveness of 41 legislative components addressing domestic minor sex trafficking. In regards to Pennsylvania’s attempts to address protective provisions for juvenile victims, it ranked 45th out of 51 states, with the addition of Washington D.C. Senate Bill No. 554, the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund, which proposes to provide special relief for juvenile victims of sexual exploitation in order to restore dignity, provide necessary services, ensure safety, and provide a safe harbor for sexually exploited children. Provisions proposed by the bill include: reimbursement of funds for the costs of removing a tattoo or identifying mark left on the victim by their pimp, safe and stable housing, access to education, employment and life-skills training, comprehensive case management, healthcare and trauma-based therapy, access to personal care items and adequate clothing, treatment for drug and/or alcohol dependency, and other supportive services. Supporting this petition will make a difference in the lives of children who have experienced severe trauma and chronic emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. The sexual exploitation of juveniles is both an international and domestic issue. Supporting Safe Harbor Legislation in the State of Pennsylvania will make provisions for vulnerable children who have been exposed to extremely traumatic and chronic abuse. Additionally, this legislation has the potential to create a societal paradigm shift in which victims of forced prostitution can be rightly understood and cared for as victims, rather than as criminals. I urge you to support this bill and encourage Pennsylvania to join the two thirds of the United States that have taken a stance against the sexual exploitation of minors. I have both volunteered and worked professionally with individuals who have experienced crises related to trauma, domestic violence, and sexual assault. This form of trauma shakes people to the foundation of their being. We will not be able to foster and sustain an exploitation-free society, if we are not empowering people to heal. The ramifications of criminalizing children who have experienced trauma in the form of violence and sexual exploitation are severe in terms of the implications they carry for the future of rape culture and the social acceptability of violence.
Petition to Bill Haslam
Re-Trial for Cyntoia Brown
Cyntoia Brown was only 16 years old when she received a prison sentence of 51 years for first-degree murder. She murdered a man named Johnny Allen, who had been sexually abusing her. She was a victim of sex trafficking and was later sold to the man she had killed. She feared for her life and believed that he would kill her first, so she killed him before he could kill her. I pray that this petition helps Cyntoia get a re-trial, her case dismissed, or a shorter sentence with time served. Please sign this petition calling for a re-trial of her case. This is a very sad story, especially due to the fact that she was only a child when it happened. Going through the things she went through at such a young age is very traumatizing. Physically, mentally, and emotionally, no one can ever understand what that does to a child’s mindset. If she didn't build up the courage and take a risk to save herself, she would still be going through the same thing or sadly, dead. Our laws really need to change to stop letting people like Johnny get away with things like this. Cyntoia needed help after what she went through, not her life taken away from her once again. Sign this petition calling for her re-trial! #JusticeForCyntoiaBrown
Petition to USA Gymnastics, Proctor & Gamble, United States Olympic Committee, AT&T, Under Armour, The Hershey Company, NBC
Change USA Gymnastics Leadership in Wake of Sex Abuse Scandal
Please sign our petition to protect children from sexual abuse. In March of 2017 we appeared on CBS 60 Minutes and told the nation our very personal stories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse inflicted upon us by USA Gymnastics and their former National Team Doctor Larry Nassar. Since then more than 140 girls and women have come forward to report alleged incidents of sexual abuse that are strikingly similar to ours. The current leadership of USA Gymnastics failed in its responsibility to protect child athletes from sexual predators and failed to alert authorities to reports of sexual abuse as required by law. Olympic level gymnastics has become a big business funded by some of America’s largest corporations and overseen by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Change is being made in the leadership in major companies when sex abuse survivors step forward and say, “Me too,” but this hasn’t happened yet in USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley have focused their attention on money and medals while USA Gymnastics is attempting to cover up the largest child sex abuse scandal in the history of sports. They must be replaced by people who will put the health and safety of athletes first. Please sign this petition now. Demand a leadership change at USA Gymnastics. Jamie Dantzscher - 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Artistic Gymnastic Jessica Howard - 3 Time National Champion, Rhythmic Gymnastics Jeanette Antolin - Former USA National Team Member, Artistic Gymnastics This petition will be delivered to: United States Olympic Committee USA Gymnastics Proctor & Gamble AT&T Under Armour Hershey’s NBC Sports United Airlines
Petition to Massage Envy Corporation
Massage Envy needs to support individuals sexually assaulted at their stores
Countless women have come forward to report being sexually assaulted at Massage Envy. For me, it happened on a Sunday afternoon at a Massage Envy in Richmond, VA in a crowded family shopping center. I endured a long, humiliating, and painful trial, and the masseuse was convicted of a felony sexual assault. But equally traumatizing was the way that Massage Envy handled the situation. I immediately reported the assault and told the manager on duty that we needed to call the police. She told me that was not necessary because Massage Envy would handle it internally. They refused to allow me to get on the phone with the supervisor. That person did call the next day – to tell me that they understood that I was “unhappy with my massage experience”, so they would not charge me for the massage. I never heard from anyone at Massage Envy ever again. Not through the 11 months of the trial and court proceedings. Not when their employee admitted to everything and was convicted of a felony sexual assault. Not one person from Massage Envy, not from the local franchise or the national Massage Envy corporation, ever checked in with me to see how I was doing, or to apologize for what happened to me when I was at their national establishment. In fact, I continue to get advertisements in the mail for the local Massage Envy where I was assaulted. Only after my assault did I discover that this has happened before. Countless times. The company has even released a boilerplate “Statement from Massage Envy on Sexual Assault in their Stores” (http://www.doctoroz.com/page/statement-massage-envy-sexual-assault-their-stores) in which they state “Our hearts go out to anyone who has been through this terrible act. We and our franchisees are firmly committed to delivering the therapeutic benefits of massage in a safe environment, and we applaud those who are bringing these issues to light.” But other than issuing a statement “applauding” those who bring these issues to light, my experience clearly indicates that Massage Envy has no practices in place to support individuals who are victimized in their stores. The way they handled my assault was horrific. Let's change that for others. Let's send a message to Massage Envy that they need to change their corporate policy to put in place better procedures to protect their clients and to support individuals who are sexually assaulted at Massage Envy stores.
Petition to email@example.com
Join us in calling for U.S. Senator Al Franken to resign. Harassment is NOT funny.
VOICES of Conservative Women is organizing a petition calling on U.S. Senator Al Franken to resign. U.S. Senator Al Franken (MN) has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting a female news reporter while they both were on a USO Trip. While U.S. Senator Al Franken acknowledges the photo, he claims he did it to be "funny." A sleeping woman can never give consent to being sexually touched or propositioned. Sexual harassment and assault is never funny and never acceptable. When a woman says no, she means no. It is important for individuals to take a strong stand against such conduct and demand that those that represent them in elected office #DoBetter. Add your voice below and demand U.S. Senator Al Franken resign immediately. Read the full story and original account from Leeann Tweeden below. http://www.kabc.com/2017/11/16/leeann-tweeden-on-senator-al-franken/ NEWS SOURCE and Photo Credit, Leeann Tweeden
Petition to USC School of Cinematic Arts, Dean Elizabeth Daley, Vice Dean of Students Akira Lippit, Cinema and Media Studies Chair Anikó Imre
Remove Bryan Singer's Name from the USC School of Cinematic Arts
We, the students of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, are formally requesting that Bryan Singer’s name be removed from our Division of Cinema and Media Studies. It is completely unacceptable that this prestigious department within our school still carries the name of Bryan Singer, a man accused multiple times of sexual harassment, assault, and pedophilia. Despite Singer’s philanthropic work for SCA, having his name attached to a division of the School of Cinematic Arts gives the impression that we, both as an institution and as members of the entertainment industry, value his financial contributions over the safety, respect and future of students. It sets a precedent of lenience for sexual criminals and further undermines the visibility and respect that victims of harassment and assault deserve. Sexual harassment and assault are prevalent issues in Hollywood, the entertainment industry, and the American workplace as a whole, and they require action to catalyze change, little by little. By continuing to associate Mr. Singer’s name with our university, USC is openly supporting a man who has been publicly accused of reprehensible sexual misconduct. As USC students and alumni, we hold ourselves to a standard of respect, and the SCA administration’s actions are not representative of that standard. We applaud USC and SCA for refusing Harvey Weinstein’s donation; however, this division name change is overdue, and it is a gross administrative error that it has been allowed to remain. It is only consistent with our institutional morality to make this change. As students of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, we implore Dean Elizabeth Daley and the appropriate administration to change the name of the Bryan Singer Division of Cinema & Media Studies to simply the SCA Division of Cinema & Media Studies. Our university should promote education, respect, and consent, as well as prepare its students to be model members of the USC and entertainment communities, and this continued relationship with Mr. Singer publicly negates those values. With all due respect, The Students of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Adrian Vega-Albela Osorio, Division of Film and Television Production Emily Halaka, Division of Animation and Digital Arts Ben Montez, Division of Cinema and Media Studies Jennifer Smart, Division of Cinema and Media Studies Tara Shivkumar, Division of Writing for Screen and Television Carolyn DiLoreto, Division of Media Arts + Practice Bartow Weiss, Division of Interactive Media and Games
Petition to PA Senate Pro Temp Joe Scarnati (R)
Protect 32,800 PA kids from sexual abuse #OneIsTooMany
We all know what happens when a child is sexually abused, right? They tell someone who believes them. That person calls the police. There is an investigation and a trial. It’s a long and stressful ordeal, but the bad guy goes to prison and the child experiences justice. Right? Unfortunately, that rarely happens. Researchers know survivors need, on average, 21 years to talk about their abuse. And most states, like Pennsylvania, have Statutes of Limitation (SOL) on the crime that keep most victims out of court and keep most abusers on the streets, around kids. It has to stop. And removing the SOL and allowing adult victims one year to seek convictions in civil court is a crucial first step. Please, sign this petition to tell our elected officials to end PA’s SOL for child sexual abuse and allow one year for retroactive justice.
Petition to Reed Hastings
Cancel Danny Masterson's Netflix Contract
There is credible and overwhelming evidence that Danny Masterson raped four different women in the early 2000's. This evidence has been sitting in the Los Angeles District Attorney's office but no action has been taken. In the light of recent revelations about sexual abuse and harassment in the entertainment industry, and the immediate fallout from allegations of misconduct, it is reasonable to expect Netflix to distance itself from Masterson. It was clear that Netflix wasn't going to tolerate this kind of unacceptable and, in this case, criminal behavior, when it got rid of Kevin Spacey. There cannot be two standards. Do the right thing.