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 email@example.com , Staci.Ross-Morrison@ousd.org
More Education, Less Harassment!
This is a petition to educate teachers and students about sexual harassment, how it affects students, and how to prevent it. We surveyed one hundred students at Oakland Technical High School ranging from grades 9 through 12, in order to learn about their experiences with sexual harassment. 42% reported being sexually harassed, and 52% reported witnessing it. Many respondents wrote that they witnessed guys grabbing girls’ bodies without permission and “catcalling” or making unwanted sexual comments. They also wrote about people invading their personal space, even when asked to stop. When asked if they had ever witnessed sexual harassment, 26% of respondents said they were not sure, indicating that people do not know the signs or what to look for. One respondent wrote that teenagers find harassment “funny,” because they don’t understand how “harmful and traumatizing” it can be. Another wrote that people feel like they are “entitled” to treat people a certain way or see it as playful, not realizing the true consequences of their actions. We need people to understand that they are not entitled to make unwanted comments about others' bodies or touch them without explicit permission. Students must be taught to understand and respect each other’s boundaries. In a survey of thirty-one teachers at Tech, we discovered that 58% had never received training in how to handle sexual harassment, and many of those that did wrote that it was not at Tech or that it was a long time ago. One respondent wrote that they would prefer “real training on this and a real policy rather than dealing with this on a case by case basis.” 51% of our respondents also said they did not know what to do if a student was being sexually harassed, and did not feel they had the resources and support they need to protect students from sexual harassment. It is clear that Oakland Tech needs to have better policies around sexual harassment, including educating students and teachers and providing the resources they need to make school a safe environment for every student. The goals of our petition are as follows: 1. Provide teachers with training every year on how to prevent and handle sexual harassment between students, in the form of a workshop, seminar, or presentation. 2.Outline clear consequences for students that are harassing others. 3. Educate students on sexual harassment and how it affects others in an assembly or lesson. Make it clear what consequences will be for sexual harassment. 4. Provide resources for students to discuss and/or report sexual harassment. There should be forms for students to report details of harassment and a counselor they can talk to regarding the incident(s). In signing this petition, you are bringing Oakland Tech a step closer to creating a safe learning environment for all students. School needs to be a place where you can go without fear of being sexually harassed. Every person has the right to an education, and that right is jeopardized when students feel uncomfortable or unsafe in their own school. Sign this petition to educate students and teachers so we can stop sexual harassment at Oakland Tech!
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 U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi
Demand Congress publicize taxpayer-funded harassments settlements
Did you know that Congress is using taxpayer money to protect harassers in government from being held accountable to their actions? Since its creation 20 years ago, Congress has spent over $15 million to settle cases of harassment brought against lawmakers. Sign my petition to demand transparency from Congress and to hold both parties accountable to preventing harassment at any level of government. In addition to the lack of transparency, the reporting process makes it very difficult to hold harassers accountable. Before a formal complaint can be filed, accusers are required to wait thirty days for both counseling and mediation, in addition to sign a non-disclosure agreements. This last requirement prevents accusers from ever speaking about the case or warning their coworkers about a predatory employee. Sexual misconduct and other inappropriate conduct should not be tolerated at any level of government, no matter the party or ideological persuasion. Both men and women staff members have the right to expect professional conduct and a safe working environment. Parents should have confidence that the internships their sons and daughters take in government will not put them in danger of being harassed. Senators and Representatives on both sides of the aisle must be held to account for their actions, just as any other citizen in a civil society. How do I cast my vote for a candidate if I don’t have important information on their behavior representing me in Washington DC? It is dishonest to create special privileges for legislators to get away with predatory behavior and intolerable to set up a taxpayer-funded slush fund to settle complaints with no public disclosure or accountability. We demand that the leadership of both parties in the House and Senate disclose names on whose behalf payment was made and the category of claim. We demand accountability and transparency on the part of those elected to serve.
Petition to Paul Ryan
BLAKE FARENTHOLD MUST RESIGN
Congressman Blake Farenthold has used taxpayer dollars as hush money to conceal the accusations of his sexual wrongdoings. Congressman Farenthold should be made to resign, as cash settlements/hush money are an admission of guilt.
Petition to President of the United States, Mitch McConnell, Daniel Donovan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Trey Gowdy, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, Eleanor Norton, Paul Cook, Elijah Cummings, Darrell Issa, Don Young, Louie Gohmert, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Theodore Yoho, Tulsi Gabbard, Adam Schiff, Fred Upton, Eliot Engel, Barbara Lee, Nydia Velazquez, John Garamendi, Joe Courtney, Steny Hoyer, Luis Gutierrez, Eric Swalwell, Mike Honda, Jackie Speier, Keith Ellison, Scott Peters, Sheila Jackson Lee
Ban Child Sex Dolls
Right now, teachers, coaches, babysitters, and neighbors, in every town in America, can purchase lifelike, anatomically correct dolls designed to simulate sex with a child. And it’s perfectly legal. These sick dolls are being imported into the United States and other countries. British police have seized more than 100 already in the UK, and authorities have found that the people buying them usually have child pornography too. Sign this petition to ban the sale and distribution of child sex dolls! These child sex dolls can normalize a pedophile’s behaviors, emboldening them to harm children, as is often the case with those who view child pornography. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. One child is too many. Our elected officials need to protect children. That’s why Congressman Dan Donovan from New York is introducing legislation that will ban the distribution and sale of dolls that encourage child abuse. Show your support for this legislation by signing this petition, and help protect America’s children!
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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 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