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Petition to Congress, President of the United States

'One of the worst days of my life:' Stop sham 'Start By Believing' investigations

MATT ROLPH WAS BRANDED A RAPIST, EXPELLED FROM COLLEGE, AND FORCED TO SPEND $$$ TO RESTORE HIS GOOD NAME. Matt Rolph, above, was accused of sexually assaulting his long-term girlfriend, “Jane Roe.” His case went to court, and the jury cleared him of all charges. Must-see video:  Even though the jury found Matt innocent, Hobart College in Geneva, NY decided to make an example of him. So Hobart hired an investigator who...1. Did not record any of the interviews.2. Failed to review innocence-proving text messages sent by Jane.3. Failed to get records supporting Jane’s claim of medical problems caused by the incident.4. Did not resolve inconsistencies among witness statements. No surprise, based on the investigator’s biased report, the school expelled Matt. He later described it as "one of the worst days of my life." So he filed a lawsuit against the College. Several months later, Judge Elizabeth Wolford ruled in favor of Matt Rolph’s claims of investigative bias. ISN'T OUR LEGAL SYSTEM BASED ON THE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE? Investigators are supposed to conduct investigations that are objective, neutral, and honest. But now, investigators are being told to “Start By Believing" the accuser and use "trauma-informed" and "victim-centered" methods. "Start By Believing" tells investigators to investigate cases from an “initial presumption" of merit, to slant their report to “corroborate the victim’s account,” and to even make sure the sexual encounter does “not look like a consensual sexual experience."  Matt Rolph is just one of the many thousands of Americans who have been victimized by “victim-centered” investigations. Amazingly, the U.S. Department of Justice has spent millions of taxpayer dollars to support "Believe the Victim" programs around the country. DON’T LET ‘BELIEVE THE VICTIM’ HAPPEN TO YOU! TELL ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR TO STOP FUNDING 'BELIEVE THE VICTIM' PROGRAMS.    

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Petition to RADM Jack Buono, RADM Mark Buzby

Stop Don Marcus From Speaking at the USMMA Commencement

RADM Jack Buono, I am writing to urge you to rescind your selection of Captain Donald J. Marcus ‘79 as the Distinguished USMMA Alumnus chosen to address the class of 2019 at the 83rd commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 15, 2019.   To that end, I have created an online petition that I urge Kings Point midshipmen, faculty, alumni and others in the maritime industry to consider endorsing: [*Update: Due to this petition, I was contacted by a special agent from the U.S. Coast Guard Criminal Investigative Service, and an investigation has been launched into the allegations I've made.  I will soon be meeting with the special agent to tell my story.] Don Marcus is not a man who deserves the honor of speaking at the USMMA commencement.  Don Marcus is not, as you stated in announcing your selection of Don, "a prime example of our motto, Acta Non Verba.” Instead, on the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault (SASH) of USMMA cadets at sea, one of the defining issues of this era for the Academy, Don Marcus is an example of the motto “Verba Non Acta.”  His record on SASH is atrocious, unjustifiable, and hidden from public view.  Until now. RADM Buono, as you well know, at this very moment Don Marcus is ruthlessly defending and protecting at least one known serial sexual predator, a Captain sailing for Maersk Line named Mark Stinziano.   Captain Stinziano has a well-documented history of sexually harassing and sexually assaulting USMMA cadets and other crewmembers at sea aboard Maersk ships crewed by members of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, & Pilots (IOMMP) labor union, of which Don Marcus is President. RADM Buono, over the past few months you and I have engaged in extensive communications regarding this issue, including a 90 minute phone call that took place on February 25, 2019, which, as you know, I recorded in its entirety.   I have also shared extensive documentation and evidence with you that support my allegations against Stinziano, and I have repeatedly told you about the humiliating, insulting, and disgusting way I have been treated throughout this process by Don Marcus, my union’s president and someone who is supposed to protect me from predators aboard his ships. Unfortunately, I was sexually harassed and sexually assaulted by Stinziano while serving as 2nd Mate aboard a Maersk containership in 2015.  I also witnessed Stinziano sexually harass and sexually assault both USMMA cadets who were sailing aboard the vessel.  Before I signed off the vessel in Italy, I submitted a very detailed report documenting Stinziano’s outrageous and illegal behavior to the Master of the vessel, Captain Paul Willers. The Report of sexual offenses I submitted to Captain Willers and Maersk, while still a crewmember aboard the Maersk ship, can be read here: RADM Buono, as you are aware, based on the allegations made in my report, which included multiple sexual assaults, Captain Willers and Maersk were required to notify the U.S. Coast Guard of my Report, per 46 U.S. Code § 10104 “Requirement to Report Sexual Offenses.” RADM Buono, as you are aware, Captain Willers and Maersk broke Federal law by not contacting the U.S. Coast Guard regarding my report.    After breaking federal law regarding the mandatory reporting of sexual assault aboard a ship, Captain Willers and Maersk engaged in a deliberate coverup of Stinziano’s behavior that resulted in a report from Captain Willers to Maersk stating that there was no evidence that any of my numerous and specific allegations against Stinziano were true.   RADM Buono, I have shared documentation with you proving this, and you are aware of these facts. Most troubling is the fact that in order to complete the coverup of Stinziano’s sexual assaults aboard a Maersk ship, Captain Willers forced USMMA cadets to lie about what had happened to them.   Cadets who had been sexually assaulted were forced to lie and say they were not.  That is how Maersk operates. It is lawlessness, it is criminality, and unfortunately, it appears to be business as usual at Maersk and within the IOMMP, which Don Marcus leads. No one is safe aboard Maersk ships while this kind of behavior goes unpunished, and that includes cadets, crew members, and even licensed officers like myself.   The truly shocking outrage is that not only did nothing happen to Stinziano as a result of my Report, but MAERSK LATER PROMOTED STINZIANO TO CAPTAIN. In 2018, shortly before I learned that Stinziano had been PROMOTED to Captain, I was sent a former USMMA Cadet’s “Shipboard Performance Evaluation,” signed and dated by Mark Stinziano, the Chief Mate of the Cadet’s vessel and the Cadet’s direct supervisor.  I have never met this cadet and have never sailed with him. The disturbing Shipboard Performance Evaluation may be viewed here: The Cadet gave the form to Stinziano to complete, as required by the USMMA.  Stinziano completed the form, added comments, and signed and dated the form in red ink.  He then returned the form to the Cadet. In “Section 29, Comments on Performance,” Stinziano wrote:  “Why do my tax dollars go towards his education - Complete Waste of Time. Crew Enjoyed Cadet Often. Possible Homosexual. Often Heard Crying Himself to Sleep at 2100.” In the first sentence of the Comments, Stinziano tells the Cadet that his education at the USMMA is a “complete waste of time,” and that the USMMA (the school where the Cadet worked very hard to obtain admission and then even harder to persevere through a very demanding course of study) is a waste of taxpayer dollars. In the second sentence (“Crew Enjoyed Cadet Often.”), Stinziano states that crew members aboard Stinziano’s ship, possibly including Stinziano himself, frequently raped or sexually abused the cadet aboard the ship.   In the third sentence, Stinziano speculates as to the sexual orientation of the Cadet, and implies that there is something wrong with having a homosexual orientation. In the fourth sentence, Stinziano ties everything together.  He writes that the Cadet was often heard crying himself to sleep at night, presumably after being raped or sexually assaulted by crew members, including possibly Stinziano himself. Additionally, for almost all of the performance standards, such as “Developing Professionally Toward License,” Stinziano gave the Cadet a score of Zero (or “Unacceptable”) on a four point scale. But, seemingly in an attempt to reinforce his comment about the crew enjoying their frequent raping of the Cadet, Stinziano gave the Cadet his only perfect score of Four (or “Exceptional and Always Exceeds Standards”) for performance standard #26: “Contributes to Effective Human Relationships Aboard Ship.” Stinziano’s explanation to the Cadet was that the Performance Evaluation was a “joke.” It is my understanding that Stinziano did later complete a separate Performance Evaluation for the cadet to return to the USMMA, but the cadet retained the first “joke” evaluation that Stinziano signed and later posted it on facebook commenting only “A grown man with four children and a Chief Mate’s license wrote this evaluation.”  In the comments to the facebook post, Stinziano admits that he wrote the disturbing Evaluation for the Cadet.  That document can be seen here: Much more shocking allegations against Stinziano, including an incident where Stinziano stuck a ballpoint pen into his ass on the bridge of the ship in front of the deck cadet, before placing the pen back into the jar that held all of the bridge's pens used for logbook entries--and refusing to tell us which pen had been in his ass--can be found in this document:   In early 2019 I went to Don Marcus, the President of my union and Stinziano's President, with my concerns about Stinziano serving as Captain of a ship and to tell Don Marcus that I had been sexually harassed and sexually assaulted by Stinziano. Instead of coming to my defense, Don Marcus launched a blistering attack against me that I documented contemporaneously in notes and emails.  In documenting Don Marcus' treatment of me (and Jack, you have read this), I wrote: “Several hours after I emailed Don Marcus and requested to speak with him, Marcus called me on my cell phone.  He was joined on the call by Steve Werse, the Secretary-Treasurer of the IOMMP.  Don quickly and belligerently confirmed all of my worst fears about what would happen to me if I went to the union with my story about Stinziano. As I attempted to tell Don Marcus about what had happened on the M/V Maersk [REDACTED], the President of the IOMMP launched an aggressive attack that completely shocked me.  Instead of allowing me to tell my story, he began rudely and sarcastically interrupting me.  He had one talking point, which was “If this really happened, why did you wait 5 years to report it?”   He was, all at once, sarcastic, disrespectful, denigrating, and completely devoid of empathy or compassion.  He repeatedly accused me of waiting 5 years to report the matter.  At the time of our conversation, it had been almost exactly 4 years since I had delivered my report to Captain Willers.  The beginning of our call then devolved into an argument over whether the events in question had happened four years earlier or five years earlier. In the moment, I was so surprised and unprepared for the way I would be treated by my own union President that I did not understand what Marcus was trying to do by exaggerating the amount of time that had passed since I filed my Report.  But later I realized that this was a calculated tactic designed to shift the conversation away from facts about what Stinziano had done to me and others, and towards nonsense, confusion, and doubt.   Marcus was determined to put me on the defensive, to place the blame for the situation entirely on me, and to make me defend myself.  Over and over and over again, he blamed me for waiting four (or five) years to report Stinziano, a tactic that shifted the blame away from the sexual harasser and assaulter, and towards the victim(s).  In response, I repeatedly told Marcus that I had filed a Report about Stinziano with Captain Willers, a Member of the IOMMP, while I was still a crewmember aboard the Maersk [REDACTED] and that it would not have been possible for me to report it any sooner, but this had no impact on Marcus.  Moments later Marcus would again accuse me of waiting years to make a report and questioning why I had waited so long. It was practiced psychological manipulation.  In hindsight, it was clear to me that Marcus’ overarching goal of the call was to intimidate and frighten me, to strongly discourage me from pursuing the matter any further, and to convince me that nobody was going to take me seriously or believe me.  Don Marcus made it absolutely clear that he was going to defend Stinziano with everything he had, and that I was not a union member deserving of protection from my union leaders, but rather an enemy who was going to be defeated...After the phone call with Don Marcus, I felt that I had made a tremendous mistake in coming forward.  It seemed that my career in the union and in the maritime industry had been irreparably damaged, and that it might have all been for nothing.  Worse, Stinziano was being protected by powerful people who were determined to make me go away.  I had no idea what to do next, and the situation felt hopeless.” RADM Buono, the man I just described is the real Don Marcus.  This is the man that you have given the honor of speaking at graduation.  I find it very insulting and upsetting that you already knew of the way Don Marcus treated me when I came forward to tell him my story before you nominated Don Marcus to be the graduation speaker.   The important question is how many other people Don Marcus has given this treatment.  I am sure that I was not the first. Don later told me that the only thing I could do to get the IOMMP to investigate Stinziano was to complete the union's "Grievance Form" found on the union website.   I followed Don Marcus' instructions and completed the Grievance Form, which can be found here: Of course, once I completed the Grievance Form, Don Marcus sent me a letter telling me that he was not going to investigate Stinziano, and would not support me.  The entire episode had been a farce from the beginning. RADM Buono, You already know ALL of this.  And yet still, you chose Don Marcus to speak at graduation. You know that despite overwhelming evidence that Captain Mark Stinziano is a sexual predator, Don Marcus refuses to discipline the man, and will not even open an investigation into his behavior.  You know that, instead, Don is doing everything he can to protect this predator and to ensure that he continues to sail as MASTER of a Maersk containership with USMMA cadets under his command. It is shameful.  It is sickening. What is also shameful are the interactions I have had with the USMMA as I have tried to bring this matter to your attention in order to protect cadets from Stinziano.   Particularly appalling were the actions of Captain Eugene Albert, head of the Department of Shipboard Training at the USMMA. The story of my interactions with Eugene Albert and others at the USMMA can be read in this document, towards the end: RADM Buono, a man who protects sexual predators at sea and shields them from scrutiny and punishment does NOT represent the values of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and does not deserve to speak at graduation.   RADM Buono, I am calling on you to do 2 things: 1) I want you to call for a U.S. Coast Guard investigation into the allegations I made in my Report to Captain Willers and into how Willers and Maersk conducted their “investigation."  I also want for you to call for an investigation into Mark Stinziano’s career at sea. 2) I respectfully request that you RESCIND your invitation to Don Marcus to speak at graduation.  It should NOT be business as usual any longer.  This is a new era, and Don Marcus is living a generation or two in the past when it comes to issues of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and bullying onboard ships at sea.  He is not someone who should be venerated. RADM Buono, as you well know, Don Marcus works very hard to ensure that sexual predators, masquerading as senior deck officers aboard U.S. flag merchant ships, are not investigated or punished, but are instead allowed to continue sexually harassing and sexually assaulting USMMA cadets and other crew members with impunity. Because of this record Don Marcus should be removed as commencement speaker, and replaced with an alumnus whose career has truly embodied the spirit of ACTA NON VERBA. In support of my campaign to bring honor and dignity to the 83rd commencement ceremony, I have created a petition on that anyone who agrees with me can sign: Additionally, anyone who would like to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, bullying, or any other type of abusive behavior against them onboard a ship, at any time in the past, please feel free to email me.   ACTA NON VERBA, J. RYAN MELOGY ‘04   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This is my original posting for this petition: As President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (IOMMP), Don Marcus has used his power (and continues to use his power) to protect sexual predators at sea aboard IOMMP-contracted vessels. Don Marcus is aware that there is at least one IOMMP member sailing as Captain aboard a Maersk container ship who has been credibly accused of sexually harassing and/or sexually assaulting at least 3 USMMA cadets at sea, as well as at least one junior deck officer serving under his command, and that it is very likely that the actual number of USMMA cadets and other crew members who have been sexually harassed and sexually assaulted by this man throughout his career is much higher. The sexual assaults of at least two USMMA Cadets were witnessed by an officer aboard the ship and reported, in writing, to Maersk while the officer was a crew member aboard the ship. Don Marcus is fully aware of all of the allegations that were made to Maersk, and has seen all of the supporting evidence. Despite being presented with extremely compelling and extensive evidence of this Captain's outrageous and illegal behavior towards USMMA cadets and other crew members aboard his ship, Don Marcus has repeatedly refused to investigate his Captain's behavior.  Instead, Don has used his power as President of the IOMMP to participate in a COVER-UP of multiple, documented sexual assaults at sea aboard IOMMP-contract ships.  Participating with Don Marcus in the COVER-UP is the leadership of Maersk Line, Jack Buono, Superintendent of the USMMA, and possibly, senior MARAD leadership. Jack Buono has also seen the report that was made to Maersk regarding the sexual assault of USMMA cadets at sea aboard a Maersk container ship, and Jack has seen the supporting evidence.  Despite this, and according to Buono's own statements, Jack Buono continues to send USMMA cadets out to sea aboard a ship commanded by a known sexual predator. Don Marcus cares more about protecting the job of one of his union members, and protecting his own job, than he does about the safety of USMMA cadets and other crew members who are unfortunate enough to be placed aboard this man's vessel. Additionally, Don Marcus' record on the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault (SASH) at sea by members of the IOMMP is atrocious.  The only consistent position Don Marcus has maintained regarding the SASH issue is to oppose any and all attempts to change the culture of the IOMMP and the behavior of his union members. The vast majority of SASH, Bullying, Harassment (including sexual harassment) & Violence (including sexual assaults and sexual violence) that occurs aboard ships in the U.S. Merchant Marine is being perpetrated by licensed officers. That is because of the simple fact that these licensed officers have the power to get away with it, and because they have the leaders of their labor unions, including Don Marcus, standing solidly behind them. The IOMMP, MEBA, and AMO are the 3 largest maritime officers unions in the U.S. Merchant Marine, and members of these labor unions ARE THE PROBLEM. If these unions do not proactively address the problem of SASH, Bullying, Harassment & Violence aboard ships in the U.S. Merchant Marine, the problem will persist. To my knowledge, Don Marcus has done nothing to help solve this problem.  Instead, he has pursued policies that put USMMA cadets in danger at sea from the behavior of his union members.    The foundational documents of Don Marcus' IOMMP are the "Constitution," "Work Rules," and "Shipping Rules." Unfortunately, none of the IOMMP’s Constitution, Work Rules, or Shipping Rules contain any provisions that explicitly forbid members from engaging in SASH, Bullying, Harassment or Violence aboard IOMMP-contract ships.  The only standard of conduct for IOMMP members is contained in Article III, Section 2(e) of the IOMMP’s International Constitution (and referenced in the current Code of Conduct). That standard states: 2 e) It shall be the duty of each Member to be true and loyal to the Organization and to treat other members with due respect and consideration. What does it mean to treat other members with due respect and consideration? I have no idea. During my nearly five years as an "Applicant" in the IOMMP I have never had anyone educate me on the meaning of “due respect and consideration.” The IOMMP does not have any educational or training materials on the subject, and does not require any mandatory education on the subject. To my knowledge the IOMMP has never created any document, any text, any anything, that explains how members are supposed to treat each other aboard ships or how members are supposed to treat other crewmembers, including Cadets, aboard IOMMP-contract ships. The union has never created any document that explains the specific types of behaviors that are unacceptable within the IOMMP. In short, THERE IS NO STANDARD OF CONDUCT WITHIN DON MARCUS' IOMMP, and I believe that is intentional.  The IOMMP does not police its own, and Don Marcus does not want to police his own, because he needs the votes of these members to keep his well-paid job. In my experience, the policy of the IOMMP leadership towards SASH, Bullying, Harassment & Violence by IOMMP members is this: “Defend the Member, No Matter What He or She Did.” Don Marcus defends sexual predators.  Don Marcus ensures these sexual predators are not punished, and Don Marcus sends these people back out to sea in positions of great authority knowing that there is an extremely high likelihood that a USMMA cadet will be sexually harassed or sexually assaulted by this IOMMP predator. Don Marcus is not a man who deserves the great honor of speaking at the USMMA commencement.  Don Marcus is not, as Jack Buono has stated, "a prime example of our motto, Acta Non Verba.” On one of the defining issues of this era for the USMMA, Don Marcus has not backed up his public words and public posturing with real action.  And because of this, Don Marcus should be removed as commencement speaker, and replaced with an alumnus whose career has truly embodied the spirit of ACTA NON VERBA.

Ryan Melogy
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Started 5 days ago

Petition to Twitter, Inc

Get Jessicka Addams & Xtian Addams Off All Social Media Platforms

Jessicka Fodera (@jessicka) & Christian Hejnal (@Xtianaddams) has harassed all the community on all social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram & especially Twitter! She has slander people for 2 years! These people are the following : Jeordie White (Twiggy Ramirez) & Gerard Way & his wife Lindsey Way (ex-band member of Jack Off Jill) & Mikey Way (brother) & William Control! She has bully fans & use troll accounts to spy & bother people! She has used her husband's more to harass people other than her own account & the Jack Off Jill Account (@JOJ_official)! There's been tons of proof stacked against her that she has been a predator meaning a pedophile! She has harassed these victims as well besides fans, but even other people who had nothing to do with it. There is video proof that she is & news articles about her arrests even when in the band Scarling! The community has taken screenshots that you can find really quick under Google search : "Jessicka Addams The Coven" also people who made Twitter & Tumblr accounts like ie. @GLASSHOUSESxx who she has harassed & under her husband's account stating that she had paper proof about Jeordie White & "other people who were victims" (which she bullied too) & give this to her & also bring Pete Scharlett with her that everyone knows would not be with her & her husband's side! He has been at a Nine Inch Nail concert in 2006! Jessicka Addams/"her husband" tweets that they would meet at her house in LA, but won't share this so called evidence to news sites like ATL Press / LA Weekly & etc. She other ex-bandmates & made fake accounts to make fun of fans cosplaying them & harassed Mikey Way & to slander Lindsey Way, Gerard Way's wife. She has harassed victims Scott Hodges & Matthew Omen & another person amongst the 3 she invited on stage that were 12 years old & forced her self on them touching their genitals! This was when she was in the band Scarling & who accompanyed in the band her husband Christian who opened for Marilyn Manson. She got arrested that day for lewd acts with minors! She has harassed & apologize & admit it, but still constantly harassed them! There is much earlier proof when she was in Jack Off Jill a video talking about her band equipment broke down & choose to have a testicle festival instead of refunding people's money she invited 3 minors at the age of 12 years old up on stage & she ends her story with the word "and.." so bandmate Agent Moulder can continue it by saying that she used a strap on & f*d him in the a*s! She has harassed famous people like Shirley Manson & Frances Bean Cobain! Then when there's too much fire in the kitchen & wants more followers/to think she will be on her side she has spam the community, random people with the hash tag #randomhearts! She has harassed & slander William Control who she has no idea about his situation with pass girl friends, but he has recently told that he too was a minor victim of Jessicka Fodera Addams! @arsenicstar thanked him for sticking up for everyone. Mind you she is married to @matthewomen who was one of the minor victims when Jessicka Addams had the Scarling band & she has used her husband's account more than hers to harass her like she does with everyone else. Christian Hejnal  clearly don't care as you can tell by pictures she post! He don't tweet at the same time when she does is because she jumping on & off of her husband's & hers & you can tell cause the same spelling errors happen & space bar on exclamation points & sometimes double space bar on every word! She has placed posts on Instagram abusing Xanax & says "I post what I want" on one of the 3 pictures that show rainbows & aliens & even pills that looked rainbow. She accused Jeordie White & said she recalled everything because of a elbow injury! There was one time she faked she had cancer! She even try to persecute Marilyn Manson for not paying for Scott Putesky's funeral (Daisy Berkowitz), but if someone brought to your attention that video I asked would you!? She has long after his death even threw him under the bus along with other ex-bandmates of Marilyn Manson's band like Pogo; Maddona Wayne Gacy (Stephen Gregory Bier Jr.) & GG (Bradley Matthew Stewart) & "Freddy The Wheel" (Long Road Out Hell pg.123 Marilyn Manson states that she never can be trusted). She has totally abused the #metoo hashtag she is not SJW! Jeordie White was not fired he already stated that he was going to take a break on the 2 podcasts that he was on Hour Of Goon & Force Cult because he misses out on holidays when he is out on tour & wanted to work on sobriety too which he stated that in his tweet. I have known personally she has in the past like other fans she even harassed Missy who dated Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) was around the time she dated Jeordie White. William Control even stated that how can she be a victim when Jeordie White was all over everywhere else dating all these other women that were models (or actress too)? Jessicka Addams & Christian Hejnal's Accounts should be deleted so the social media community can have peace of mind! I ask you to take time to push that button. Thank you for taking your time to read this petition. Nobody should play victim & slander harass anybody & bully all of the social media community! Have our voices heard & push that button! Please hashtag #byebyejessickaaddams ... Thank you! :)

Nancy Maher
24 supporters