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Sexual Assault

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Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Department of Education, Catharine Young

Urge U.S. schools educate on sexual misconduct, bullying & violence; to combat epidemic.

Sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence and bullying. These issues, or epidemics of which you could call them, are very vital issues that resonate our entire society, it is an issue that is so pervasive not only here in the United States, but across the entire globe; it happens in the workplace, in families, at school, at home and all over the world, while victimizing our fellow citizens, neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members. These are women, men, children; all ages fall victim to it. In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 33 men will fall victim to sexual harassment or assault at some point in their lifetime, over 3.2 million students fall victim to bullying each year, and on average 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. These are only numbers of which have been reported. What we so often see time after time all across our globe is a culture where these issues are hidden deep within the darkest of shadows, whether that be due to consternation, power of authority and so on. This must end, this issue is rampant and it is crucial that we combat these issues of which cripple society daily, and that we try to reduce these numbers we see in our statistics if at all possible, in any way we possibly can. We must not stand by and remain silent. Enough is enough. One major way in which we can accomplish reducing these numbers in our statistics is by providing proper education through programs, courses, discussions and assemblies on these topics in schools across our nation. I believe if we work on providing education on these topics, and educate students when they are younger, that they will learn proper manners and behaviors, and within our future generations we will see a significant decrease of sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence and bullying within our statistics. This will change the culture. Through these programs, we can establish and arrange curriculum that educates students on how to intervene and handle these situations when they hear about or see them taking place, we can educate students on how to defend themselves if they find themselves in one of these uncomfortable, harassing or violent situations; self defense should be a required course in schools. It is essential we seek change and educate both boys and girls more thoroughly on the basis of what behaviors are right and wrong, on what’s acceptable and what isn’t, that this type of obscene behavior towards others is unacceptable, and can be detrimental to ones health. We must teach students to keep their hands to themselves, to not touch someone else unless that touch is welcomed, to be kind, compassionate and respectful to others, and to know that when someone confides in them, telling them that they have witnessed or experienced something, that they must listen and never silence a victim. There is evidence that providing education on these topics within schools reduces the numbers in statistics. In Nairobi, Kenya, consent and self-defense classes have been taught to students in schools; in these classes, girls are taught how to defend themselves and how to say no, while boys are taught to stand up for women, intervene when they see a problem, among many other things as well. Before the classes were being taught, boys said it was justifiable to rape a girl who wears mini skirts, are taken on expensive dates, are out alone at night, etcetera; however in only six classes their thoughts towards the issue changed, that behavior significantly shifted. The success seen since teaching these classes is truly remarkable, the numbers of rape and violence in Nairobi have shifted lower dramatically. In areas where these classes are taught, rape has reduced by 50%, and 74% of the time boys successfully intervened when witnessing an assault. These classes are hosted by 'No Means No Worldwide' and the will soon be taught in every high school in Nairobi, Kenya.  If we can establish and bring courses and programs like that into our schools here in the United States, the numbers we see in our statistics of sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence and bullying will likely shift downward drastically. Society must step up; we owe at least this to future generations, we bear the responsibility in changing the culture that has enabled sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence and bullying to continue on this long. It’s on us, we must all work together to reduce these horrific numbers we continually see daily. Let's speak up, climb to the mountaintop and shout, “NO MORE!”. Let's see if there is a way to provide education on these topics in schools across our nation. I'm not sure if there is a way congress can go about making this happen, but please join me in letting them know if there is, we want it and believe it's needed as a step to combat this epidemic. I am asking you to please sign and share this petition in effort to at least try and make this happen, and raise awareness on these issues. Thank you.

Sarah Marie West
4,280 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Jamie Pedersen, Washington State Senate, Washington State House

Abolish the statute of limitations on sex crimes in Washington State

When I was ten years old, my sixth grade teacher sexually abused me and my two best friends – on many occasions. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned he had abused many, many, other children, but was never held accountable for his crimes. By that time the statute of limitations had passed and none of us could press charges against him. Stand with survivors and demand that Washington State abolish the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes. Childhood victims of abuse often don’t report their abuse because their abusers threaten them, they don’t understand what is happening to them, or fear not being believed. For many, the strength to pursue justice comes only after counseling or therapy in their adulthood. How can we then bar victims from seeking justice once they are older, and better equipped to speak about past abuse? My abuser still lives in my hometown and has worked with children through his church. A background check will reveal that he is not a registered sex offender. He couldn't possibly be... all the victims we know about have been time-barred from seeking justice by the statute of limitations. It’s time to stop protecting abusers and pass House Bill 1155, which would eliminate the statute of limitations for felony sexual assault offenses. This bill is part of a nation-wide movement to change our justice system to better serve survivors. Already, New York, California and several other states have abolished their statutes of limitations – now it’s Washington’s turn. Call on Washington legislators to stand on the right side of history. Sign the petition today.

Christina-Marie Wright
28,014 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Darlington School Board of Trustees

Stop Darlington School from Silencing Its Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

UPDATE! Thank you to everyone for all the support! Signing this petition, sharing the petition, donating any amount of cash to help us keep this petition circulating and reaching others-it is all vitally important. Your support is needed more than ever. Last Friday, December 16, in Floyd County, Darlington survivors filed for dismissal without prejudice of the case pending in Floyd. The hearing scheduled for Dec. 18, was in response to Darlington’s filing to dismiss the victim’s legal claims. Instead, the survivors elected to dismiss the case themselves. Thus the “dismissal without prejudice.” Darlington Survivors have not dismissed forever the fact that the abuse took place at the hands of Roger Stifflemire and that Darlington has known for years and done nothing. From the survivors facebook post, “As Darlington continues its attempts to avoid responsibility for failing each of us and the Darlington Community as a whole, we have decided to take this path toward justice”. So please understand that this fight is not over. Your ongoing participation is vital! The dismissal without prejudice of a case means the matter can, and in this case, will be brought before a court of law again. There are two things you can do help: First: Join us to advocate for and support the passing of “The Hidden Predator Act”, Georgia House Bill 605 (HB605). The bill was introduced in March of this year, but did not advance to a vote. The bill comes up again in January 2018 and would subject those who engage in human sex trafficking to civil claims, and would give the state’s attorney general the ability to file claims against those culpable in such cases of public importance. It would also extend the statute of limitations for civil claims filed by victims of childhood sexual abuse. This law would allow lawsuits against institutions that knew or should have known abuse occurred, authorizing suits against the institutions as well as the perpetrators. You can read the bill here: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20172018/HB/605 Find more details from the AJC here: http://www.myajc.com/news/state--regional/abused-children-victims-may-get-more-time-sue/Sz4grdnK4nZmg9k8O7N7PL/ It is very important for us to educate Georgians about the need for this bill so please contact one, or better yet all of your legislators and reach out to the members who support this non-partisan bill. Rep. Jason Spencer R - Woodbine, 404.656.0177 jason.spencer@house.ga.govRep. Spencer Frye D - Athens, 404.656.0265 spencer.frye@house.ga.gov Mary Margaret Oliver D - Decatur, 404.377.0485 mmo@mmolaw.com Paulette Rakestraw, R - Powder Springs, 404.656.0177 paulette.rakestraw@house.ga.gov Buzz Brockway, R - Lawrenceville, 404.656.0188 buzz.brockway@house.ga.gov Stacey Evans, D - Smyrna, 404.656.0116 stacey@staceyevans.org Second: Continue to share this petition and this information to everyone, giving if you can 1 to 20 dollars to keep this growing. Your support will educate Georgians and hold institutions and predators responsible for their actions. There should be no expiration date for child abuse in Georgia! We will keep you posted-also follow Darlington Survivors on Facebook and the website . THE FOLLOWING WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED DECEMBER 8,2017, PLEASE READ FOR DETAILS ON THE CASE On December 18, 2017 a judge will decide whether the lawsuit against Darlington School merits proceeding. http://www.darlingtonschool.org/home Darlington is attempting to silence its victims by requesting their charges be dropped. Please support the victims by encouraging the school to allow its victims' voices to be heard in court. More than once, Darlington was notified of inappropriate behavior and sexual assaults perpetrated by Roger Stifflemire, a former teacher and dormitory proctor. http://www.ajc.com/news/local/suit-accuses-boarding-school-turning-blind-eye-sexual-abuse/1Emr0waXnSSrDBr9BfL7uM/ http://www.myajc.com/news/local/blurred-lines-and-tolerance-sex-abuse-georgia-boarding-school/rJPsMqmn0Qf7zCuY5WWTxI/ From 1974 to 1994, the private school continued to employ him, never formally punishing him, going so far as to honor him in a 2002 ceremony for excellence. This story remains on their website today. http://www.darlingtonschool.org/daily/newsview.aspx?newsID=2460322 Roger Stifflemire was able to move to an Alabama high school with presumably no trace of his criminal behavior at Darlington. http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2017/06/30/report-former-prattville-principal-accused-abuse-ga-kooschool/443159001/ In 2014 a former student notified Darlington again about misconduct occurring in the 1980s. In response the school began an investigation. In 2015, an unprecedented opportunity arose when the Georgia Legislature passed the Hidden Predator Act. This provided a two-year window for victims to take legal action against their alleged abusers. Darlington was presented with another opportunity to carry out its mission to "Act with Integrity" by reaching out to former students, faculty and staff. http://www.darlingtonschool.org/about/mission.aspx In May 2017, nearly three years after beginning its investigation, Darlington did send a letter to alumni asking them to come forward with any information related to sexual misconduct. This allowed only thirty-five days before the Hidden Predator Act expired. Darlington has yet to release the information about its investigation. Please show your support for the victims by signing this petition to encourage Darlington School to hold itself accountable for its decades-long failure to protect its students.

Julie Chastain Greene
1,645 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to John Fahy, Dan Healey, Mike Blank, Chuck Kenny, Leyda Riedle, Gail Calkins, Rodney Takacs, Rev. James Murphy, CSB, Mary Aamodt, Elaine Eichelberger, Brigid Schiro, Molly Goldberg, Patricia Swenson, Beth Anchondo, Donald Cramp, Martha Rutledge, Carmen Garrett Armistead, CINDY FLORES, DIANE LARSEN, MARC MARTINEZ, VALERIE LANDRY, Sr. Lauren Beck, Alexandra Ellahham, Leslie Flickinger

All-Boys Schools should teach Sexual Assault Education and Prevention (Houston)

I’m Kelsey Caine, an alumna of the all-girls school St. Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas. As a high school student I was sexually assaulted by a student who attended the all-boys school Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. I am not the only person I know who was sexually assaulted by a Strake student. All-boys schools have an opportunity and responsibility to educate thousands of young men about sexual assault. Signing this petition supports that all-boys schools have a responsibility to include Sexual Assault Education and Prevention in their curriculums. After sharing my #metoo story on Facebook my attacker reached out and apologized to me. He told me he was sorry and that at the time he was young, dumb, and uneducated. He said that if a sexual assault education program was in place at Strake, it would have made a difference in his mindset and maybe even his actions.  His apology encouraged me to continue to use my experience to pursue all-boys schools to teach their students about sexual assault. Sexual assault can be prevented through education. We should not only be teaching our daughters and sons how to protect themselves, but we must also teach them what consent is. If you went to Strake Jesuit your signature identifies the alumni support for the inclusion of sexual assault education and prevention at your alma mater.  Strake Jesuit’s mission statement is to “assist young men in their formation as leaders and as Men for Others through a program of rigorous college preparation in the tradition of the Society of Jesus.” By signing this petition you are supporting the idea that educating young men about sexual assault is an important part of forming “Men for Others.” Thank you for taking the time to read this petition. Although I'm speaking directly to Strake Jesuit, I have included many members of the Catholic school community in Houston. This is not just a Strake problem, it's a social problem. We need to be teaching our youth to not only protect themselves and those around them, but also about the damage they themselves are capable of causing.  St. Agnes has had a Sexual Assault Education program in effect for the past 4 years. After becoming aware of my story St. Agnes reached out to me directly with empathy and support. They are now looking to extend their sexual assault education. My hope is that the schools can work together to encourage and reinforce the necessity for these programs. If not already in place, I expect sexual assault education programs to be implemented at Strake Jesuit, St. Thomas, Duchesne, IWO, and St. Pius X in the upcoming year. Your students deserve the best educations they can get. That is why they attend your schools. I'm not here to point blame. I want to be a part of the solution to this problem. I'm here to help! Please feel free to contact me at kelseylcaine@gmail.com. I'm already in talks with St. Agnes and I truly believe that if you all work together as a community you will be able to help protect your students from committing and becoming victims of sexual assault. *****UPDATE 2/15/17****** Thank you for your support! The petition has now reached over 2,300 signatures! The anonymous sexual assault reporting site was taken down by the students who created it, due to an overwhelming amount of hate speech that was anonymously sent to the site. This included threats directed at the St. Agnes students. The following quote was taken from a anonymous report from the site: "Most girls at our school would be lucky to get raped by anyone." This speaks volumes to the current culture regarding sexual assault at both Strake and St. Agnes. It is my hope that the St. Agnes and Strake administration address these very real problems. Many people have reached out and asked what is included in the The Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Curriculum Outline that I created to further the St. Agnes Sexual Assault Education program that has been in place there for the past 4 years. At the request of John Fayhe this curriculum was also shared with Strake Jesuit and is now being taken into consideration. There is no reason why any information regarding Sexual Assault Education should not be made public. Here is a link to the outline that I created via google docs. Please click the link or copy/paste it into a new browser: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-CPBF4T-xRZSjLdVRBg4Hh4PYBP_FN7nauk8BVwpdl8/edit?usp=sharing If you are an administrator at a school other than Strake or St. Agnes and want to talk to me in greater detail about the sexual assault petition, curriculum, or have questions in general please email me. Thank you, Kelsey Caine *****UPDATE*****2/14/17  Thank you all for your support! We have now gotten over 1, 580 signatures!  Strake Jesuit administration contacted me today! I talked to John Fayhe the Strake Jesuit Assistant Principal for Student Affairs. Dean Dan Healey was not on the call and has made no comment. John Fayhe called me. He said he was in favor of the petition and that this is a conversation that he has wanted to happen for a long time. He believes that teaching about sexual assault will prevent sexual assault. He is in support of including Sexual Assault Education at Strake Jesuit! John said he didn't know what sexual assault education program should include, and asked for my help. I, of course, said I would love to help. I am now sending him the Sexual Assault Education and Prevention curriculum outline that I wrote for St. Agnes, as they asked me to assist them with creating additional sexual assault education material. I am extremely happy with John Fayhe's acceptance and support of the inclusion of teaching sexual assault to the Strake Jesuit students. I consider John Fayhe to be an alley to this movement, a hero, and a feminist. I still expect to speak to Dean Healey about how he has handled the students who spoke with him directly in regards to sexual assault in the past. I am open to hearing his explanation. I take sexual assault and the handling of sexual assault, especially when it comes to minors, incredibly seriously. To me this was a huge step forward!!!!" EDITED 2/14/17 (Students have requested that I reword my statements about Dean Dan Healey for clarity. Please reread the updated information.)  I have also been contacted by many Strake and St. Agnes students who say they have gone to the Strake administration in the past, reaching out about their own experiences of sexual assault by Strake students. These students started letter writing campaigns, gathered survivors to write their stories, and went to the Strake administration with these letters. This includes St. Agnes students who met personally with Strake Jesuit Dean Dan Healey (dhealey@strakejesuit.org) to share their survivor stories. Dan Healey met with these students and listened to their stories in full. Dean Healey was receptive to their requests and made it seem as though he would make an effort in terms of student awareness about sexual assault at Strake. I am unsure as to whether efforts have been made by Dan Healey. I would be happy to hear Dan Healey's side of the story. I have no way of knowing whether he has mishandled cases of sexual assault, made an effort towards sexual assault awareness, or is anything else he may or may not have done. Dan Healey should address these issues and then hopefully it will be clear to what has happened in the past. But I will say these brave women came to you, Dan Healey, for help, and you should have put a sexual assault education program in place after that. You were made aware of  the reality of situation and still no program was put in place. I would hope your students asking you for help would have been enough. It is disappointing that many of them graduated from Strake/St. Agnes thinking that their hard work and courage was not acknowledged.  ***UPDATE***** 2/13/17 Thank you all for your support! So far we have gotten over 1,400 signatures! I have been told by St. Agnes that the Strake Jesuit administration will be contacting me later today. They want to hear what I have to say. This is amazing progress and has come from all of your support. I will keep you updated on anything that comes from our conversation and whether or not it takes place.  ***In addition to the petition the St. Agnes students have created a website for anonymously reporting sexual assault. I could not be more proud of the women who made this site. They are clearly academy women! I believe that anonymously reporting sexual assault on the site, may be, for many survivors the first place they feel comfortable saying they have been assaulted. I highly value what the anonymous nature of the site suggests, that it is scary, shameful, and hard to report sexual assault. I stand with the women who made the site, however, I believe that whoever has the ability should be encouraged to standup and say who they are and what was done to them. You are not alone. You are a survivor and should be seen as a hero for speaking out for justice. No one should hide the fact they have been sexually assaulted. Society has made victims feel ashamed for long enough.  If you have been sexually assaulted and want to come forward please email me at kelseylcaine@gmail.com. I have been speaking to the St. Agnes staff and they want the students to know they are there to help any survivor. If you are a student who wants to report sexual assault and doesn't know how please email Elaine Eichelberger (SAA Dean of Students) at eeichelberger@st-agnes.org. She has given me confidence that she will do everything she can to aid students with any support they need. If you are a parent who has questions concerning sexual assault at St. Agnes or Strake please also email Elaine Eichelberger (SAA Dean of Students) at eeichelberger@st-agnes.org, she wants to answer your questions and give you insight into how you can help further.  Here is a link to the anonymous reporting site: https://sjstoryforchange.wordpress.com/introduction/ ****** UPDATE***** 2/12/17 However, I have been contacted by several St. Agnes students who have had the courage and self respect to shared their #metoo stories with me. These messages have included experiences of rape by Strake and St. Thomas students.   EDITED 2/14/17 (Students have requested that I reword my statements about Dean Dan Healey for clarity. Please reread the updated information.)  I have also been contacted by many Strake and St. Agnes students who say they have gone to the Strake administration in the past, reaching out about their own experiences of sexual assault by Strake students. These students started letter writing campaigns, gathered survivors to write their stories, and went to the Strake administration with these letters. This includes St. Agnes students who met personally with Strake Jesuit Dean Dan Healey (dhealey@strakejesuit.org) to share their survivor stories. Dan Healey met with these students and listened to their stories in full. Dean Healey was receptive to their requests and made it seem as though he would make an effort in terms of student awareness about sexual assault at Strake. I am unsure as to whether efforts have been made by Dan Healey. I would be happy to hear Dan Healey's side of the story. I have no way of knowing whether he has mishandled cases of sexual assault, made an effort towards sexual assault awareness, or is anything else he may or may not have done. Dan Healey should address these issues and then hopefully it will be clear to what has happened in the past. But I will say these brave women came to you, Dan Healey, for help, and you should have put a sexual assault education program in place after that. You were made aware of  the reality of situation and still no program was put in place. I would hope your students asking you for help would have been enough. It is disappointing that many of them graduated from Strake/St. Agnes thinking that their hard work and courage was not acknowledged.  This is not the behavior of "Men for Others." I know good men. Good men care when they are told about sexual assault and they seek justice. They are the men who have signed this petition. I want to say a sincere thank you to all of the students who went to the Strake administration with their experiences of sexual assault. You have paved the way for so many! Your bravery and hard work has not gone unnoticed. If you went to any administration with a case of sexual assault and feel the case was not handled justly please email me at kelseylcaine@gmail.com. If we stand together our voices will be heard. You are not alone. If you have a case where you think things were handled well, please also email me. I would love to know who the good people are within these systems that are actually there to provide guidance and help the students.   

kelsey caine
2,531 supporters