Sexual Assault

244 petitions

Started 2 days ago

Petition to Editors , Editors

Verso Books & the New Left Review, Stop Supporting Gopal Balakrishnan

As this Buzzfeed article makes clear, Professor Gopal Balakrishnan of the University of California Santa Cruz has a terrible record of abuse of power, with at least two people speaking on the record about sexual assaults, many more speaking to harassment and classroom misogyny, and a string of Title IX complaints dating back to at least 2006. Verso Books and New Left Review, we the undersigned ask that you stop supporting Professor Balakrishnan and remove him from the New Left Review's Editorial Committee. If you do not make this change, we pledge to boycott both Verso and NLR: we cannot, in good conscience, support institutions that stand with abusers, however radical they purport to be. As the "largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world" Verso Books and its parent organization the New Left Review have a responsibility to radicals and agitators worldwide. As publishers of major feminist and Marxist feminist work, you have the opportunity to show leadership and that you can "walk the walk" by withdrawing support from a known serial abuser. Continuing to support Gopal Balakrishnan sends a clear message that you are on the side of the powerful and comfortable, of institutional repression, and of injustice. We ask you to make the right decision, remove Professor Balakrishnan from the New Left Review Committee, no longer publish him at Verso Books, and stop giving him a platform at NLR/Verso events.

Us Too
50 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Netflix

Cancel 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why has caused so much controversy within the past year, and for good reason. This show is violent, triggering and simply uncalled for. Its message gets lost in translation and only brings harm more than it brings awareness. Last March when the initial season of 13 Reasons Why was released, I was anxious to watch it. I enjoy to the book in middle school because I related to it. In middle school I dealt with suicidal thoughts and actions and was looking for an outlet to be a martyr. In the first season, the biggest thing that stood out were the two rape scenes and the graphic depiction of the suicide scene. The entire premise of the show was to release reasons for suicide of the late Hannah Baker. All these reasons did was make at-risk people question their stability. I know that I personally started questioning whether I should live or not. I know that I have seen other people share the same remarks. The depictions of violence in the show were too graphic and uncalled for. In the second season, one of the characters is raped with a broom by a fellow classmate. There are many more examples and all of these examples could be flushed out even more but those of you signing this petition have probably already heard of all of the violence that takes place within this problematic show. I was okay with having the first season because, despite its terrifyingly unsafe mesage, it would be over. It finished nicely. All the second season is for is causing more problems and making more money. It has lost its narrative and its purpose. You can't even claim that this is still about suicide awareness because it isn't anymore. This petition exist to accomplish two things. The first one and the one that needs to happen the most, is to have 13 Reasons Why cancelled. Second and optional goal is to have 13 Reasons Why taken off of Netflix entirely. I hope that we can at least get 13 Reasons Why cancelled. Please sign this petition and send it to your friends and people that you know who would be interested in this. Thank you so much.

Arin M.
37 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Kmart

Stop carrying products from Mario Batali

Two women have come forward alleging that celebrity chef Mario Batali drugged and sexually assaulted them at two restaurants over the years, adding more fuel to a series of allegations against Batali that he's groped, harassed and assaulted a number of women. In response to claims from over 10 women, countless companies have severed ties with Mario Batali. ABC Television fired him from "The Chew," and major retailers like Walmart and Target announced they would no longer carry Mario Batali products in their stores.  But Kmart has yet to announce whether they will cease selling products from Mario Batali, and currently on their website, you can find over a dozen Mario Batali products in the Kmart marketplace.  Tell Kmart that in light of even more sexual misconduct allegations against Mario Batali, it's time for the company to remove his products from their site and follow in the footsteps of other companies that have ended ties with Batali. Batali was the subject of a recent 60 Minutes report where additional allegations of sexual harassment and assault came to light. After the segment, his business partners announced they would be ending their relationship with him, and the Italian market Eataly announced they would formally end their relationship with him, too. It's time Kmart followed suit, too. Send a message to Kmart that perpetrators of sexual harassment and sexual assault have no place in their marketplace.

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1,042 supporters