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Sexual Assault

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Update posted 9 minutes ago

Petition to Athens City Schools, Athens City School Board, Superintendent Gibbs

Ask for the Resignation or Removal of Dr. Paul Grippa from Athens City School Board

I call on the Board of Education of the Athens City School District, the superintendent and all other concerned individuals to dismiss Dr. Paul Grippa or ask for his Resignation from the Athens City School District Board due to the known mishandling of a case of student on student sexual violence, of which I was the victim. Following a year of sexual harassment, I was assaulted by a fellow student in 2010. Dr. Grippa did not report my case to authorities, destroyed case notes and told me I had to apologize to my perpetrator.   I express concern that Dr. Grippa’s actions signify a violation Athens City Schools Policy as I was unable to learn effectively every day of my secondary schooling career due to the nature of the case. The hostile environment it created when it was not correctly addressed thus violated my Title IX rights and right to learn (20 U.S.C. 1981, 20 U.S.C. 6319).   In my case: · When I gave names of potential witnesses, my principal refused to investigate. · I was told by Dr. Grippa that some of the locations where I had been harassed and assaulted were not within the school’s jurisdiction, which was false. · Upon reporting my sexual assault to Dr. Grippa, the police department was not involved or even contacted. · Dr. Grippa told me that my perpetrator needed an apology, that I was the one to blame. My perpetrator did not face any repercussions. · Dr. Grippa told me that the administrators had previously heard rumors of such behaviors and did not investigate. · I continued to have classes with my perpetrator and experienced bullying and continued harassment throughout high school. · As far as I understood, there was no institutional memory of what had happened in my case. · Current Superintendent Gibbs told me that Dr. Grippa had destroyed my case notes. The board acknowledges the grave impact of harassment (2260), which in this case led to my diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The sexual violence I experienced is defined under the prohibited behaviors of Athens City Schools including bullying and other prohibited behaviors (5517, 8400), as well as unlawful harassment which is also prohibited (1662) and violated ASCD’s mission to provide a safe environment free from such behaviors (8400). I am concerned about Dr. Grippa’s ability to show sound judgment and uphold the ethical principles and responsibilities he must use as a board member. He may have previously violated his responsibilities to undertake a formal investigation, to report my case to the proper authorities (8462) or the superintendent (613) as was dictated to him by board policy as Principal of Athens Middle School. In relation to my case, Dr. Grippa may have violated O.S.R. 2151.421 which dictates Ohio state mandated reporting law under which he was and remains responsible as a school authority. As I know that the board both acknowledges student rights of citizenship (5780), and its responsibility to the public (0118), I too am exercising my rights to take such action. I call upon the board to respect the oath of office that each member must take (0142.1), ask for the respect of the policies that detail the ethical actions, legal compliance and exemplary behavior that each member must show as laid out by the board (0142, 1200, 2110). I ask for your support in the removal of board member Dr. Paul Grippa (0146).  I am also asking for the creation of a student climate advisory board, (or another such body by which students can address their concerns about hostile climates created by sexual harassment or violence) and a review of policies and sexual violence prevention mechanisms. You can see more about my reasoning for creating the petition here: https://medium.com/@emmalynbrown/at-13-my-school-mishandled-my-sexual-assault-case-heres-how-i-m-fighting-back-acfb2740e0b

Emmalyn Brown
72,408 supporters
Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to Chuck Grassley, Senate Judiciary Committee, Mitch McConnell

Investigate Now! Delay the Kavanaugh Vote!

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee, stands accused of a crime, and it will take a public outcry to ensure these allegations are investigated before the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on his confirmation. Professor Christine Blasey Ford accuses Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed and drunkenly assaulting her while another boy watched when they were both in high school. She spoke publicly about the encounter to The Washington Post. The vote was postponed from today (Thurs. 9/20), until after a Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting (Mon.). Whether or not Dr. Blasey appears at that hearing, Republicans are moving to confirm Kavanaugh next week. Will you sign your name and demand that the U.S. Senate delay the vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh until they’ve conducted a proper investigation into these allegations? Ford described Judge Kavanaugh attempting to remove her clothes and covering her mouth when she tried to scream. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford said in the interview. Early in the summer, when it became clear that Kavanaugh would be selected as Trump's nominee, Ford sent a letter to her congresswoman, Anna G. Eshoo, and reached out to The Washington Post tip line. Later in July, she sent a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein. For several weeks, Christine Blasey Ford chose not to speak publicly in order to protect her family and her own privacy. She knew she would be attacked so she completed and passed a lie detector test, administered by an ex-FBI agent, and gave the results to The Washington Post. Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life. If the vote to confirm Kavanaugh goes ahead without an investigation, these allegations could hang over the court for more than 40 years. With the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Kavanaugh and Blasey set for Monday, we need to press Chairman Chuck Grassley to call for a delay. Sign now to call for a formal investigation into Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Kavanaugh.

Natasha Goldman
107,324 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, North Carolina State House, Josh Stein, North Carolina Governor, Alma Adams, Richard Burr, Donald Trump

Domestic Violence Victims shouldn’t have to wait a year and day to divorce their abuser

In the State of North Carolina the law for a married couple to get a divorce is a separation of a year and one day. There are no exceptions to this rule. This can be understandable for a cooling off period. However, there should be some exceptions to this rule. One in particular that would be in the instance of Domestic Violence. The victim has to remain married to their abuser for the year and one day before they can file for divorce. There should be an exception to the rule. There are so many things that are unable to be changed for the victim without the divorce decree. In a lot of instances, they feel unprotected. If there is proof and an order is in place, a victim should be able to file for divorce from their abuser within 60-90 days instead of the normal year and a day. I myself have experienced my abuser able to get a job at my same place of employment, loss of insurance without a divorce decree, and unable to have separation of items through courts leaving me in a financial drain and him in a financial gain. There is so much more as well but this was just the tip of the iceberg. I can’t change my name and he has used his status to illegally gain access to medical records. When I tried to remove my abuser from my health insurance, they told me that Domestic Violence orders and separations do not count as a change in status to remove him. I was forced to carry his health insurance until I couldn’t afford to pay the premiums and the insurance company dropped me. A person who has Lupus, RA, and other health issues. Victims need to be protected more.

Sarah Robinson
142,749 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop José H. Gomez, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan

Justice For The Victims In The Current Scandal Within The Catholic Church

There is a disease within the ranks of the Catholic Clergy, a kabal that must be amputated from the body of clergy. This kabal has taken part in, abetted or remained complacent in the violation of the innocence of its faithful, both children and adults, as well as its seminarians.  We would like the Church to cooperate with the Justice System and its laity to provide adequate investigation into all allegations of clerical misconduct and to purge through laicization these broods of vipers who taint not just the Catholic community, but the ecumenical and entire community of the universal church regardless of denomination.  To the ordained authority of the Catholic Church who represent the ecumenical line of succession passed down by Christ, through the apostles and the generations following by rite, specifically in the United States: The 6 Cardinals Currently Lead US Archdioceses; Cardinal Blase J. Cupich - Chicago, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo - Galveston-Houston, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan - New York, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley - Boston, Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, CSsR - Newark, as well as Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl - Washington, The 4 US Cardinals Are Not Currently Diocesan Bishops; Cardinal Raymond L. Burke - Patron of the Order of Malta, Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell - Prefect of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Family, and Life, Cardinal James M. Harvey - Archpriest of the Basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls, as well as Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien - Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, The 6 US Cardinals Are Retired; Cardinal William J. Levada - Prefect Emeritus, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony - Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, Cardinal Adam J. Maida - Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit, Cardinal Justin F. Rigali - Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, as well as Cardinal James F. Stafford - Major Penitentiary Emeritus, The Active Bishops; the 6 Cardinal Archbishops, the 29 Archbishops, the 162 Diocesan Bishops, as well as the 74 Auxiliary Bishops, The Retired Bishops; the 7 retired Cardinal Archbishops, the 28 retired Archbishops, the 108 retired Diocesan Bishops, the 42 retired Auxiliary Bishops, the 145 Latin Catholic dioceses, the 33 Latin Catholic archdioceses, the 16 Eastern Catholic dioceses, the 2 Eastern Catholic archdioceses, as well as the 1 Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, The Eastern Rite Eparchies; St Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago (Illinois), Eparchy of St George in Canton for the Romanians (Ohio), Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford (Connecticut), Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic (New Jersey), Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix (Arizona), Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese in the US (New Jersey), Chaldean Eparchy of St Thomas the Apostle of Detroit (Michigan), Chaldean Eparchy of St Peter the Apostle, San Diego (California), Eparchy of Parma, Ohio (Ruthenian), Eparchy of St Maron of Brooklyn (New York), Eparchy of Our Lady of Nareg in New York of Armenian Catholics, Eparchy of Newton, Our Lady of the Annunciation, Boston (Melkite Greek) (Massachusetts), Eparchy of St Nicholas in Chicago for Ukrainians (Illinois), Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon (Maronite), Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St Josaphat, Parma (Ohio),  as well as St. Mary, Queen of Peace Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchy in the USA and Canada (New York), The Eastern Rite Archeparchies; Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) as well as Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), The Archdioceses in the US; Archdiocese of Anchorage (Alaska), Archdiocese of Atlanta (Georgia), Archdiocese of Baltimore (Maryland), Archdiocese of Boston (Massachusetts), Archdiocese of Chicago (Illinois), Archdiocese of Cincinnati (Ohio), Archdiocese of Denver (Colorado), Archdiocese of Detroit (Michigan), Archdiocese of Dubuque (Iowa), Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (Texas), Archdiocese of Indianapolis (Indiana), Archdiocese of Hartford (Connecticut), Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Archdiocese of Los Angeles (California), Archdiocese of Louisville (Kentucky), Archdiocese of Miami (Florida), Archdiocese of Milwaukee (Wisconsin), Archdiocese of Mobile (Alabama), Archdiocese of New Orleans (Louisiana), Archdiocese of New York (New York), Archdiocese of Newark (New Jersey), Archdiocese of Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), Archdiocese of Omaha (Nebraska), Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, Archdiocese of San Antonio (Texas), Archdiocese of San Francisco (California), Archdiocese of Santa Fe (New Mexico), Archdiocese of Seattle (Washington), Archdiocese of St Louis(Missouri), Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis (Minnesota), Archdiocese of the Military Services (District of Columbia), as well as the Archdiocese of Washington (District of Columbia), The Dioceses in the US; Diocese of Albany (New York), Diocese of Alexandria (Louisiana), Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Amarillo (Texas), Diocese of Arlington (Virginia), Diocese of Austin (Texas), Diocese of Baker (Oregon), Diocese of Baton Rouge (Louisiana), Diocese of Beaumont (Texas), Diocese of Belleville (Illinois), Diocese of Biloxi (Mississippi), Diocese of Birmingham (Alabama), Diocese of Bismarck (North Dakota), Diocese of Boise (Idaho), Diocese of Bridgeport (Connecticut), Diocese of Brooklyn (New York), Diocese of Brownsville (Texas), Diocese of Buffalo (New York), Diocese of Burlington (Vermont), Diocese of Camden (New Jersey), Diocese of Charleston (South Carolina), Diocese of Charlotte (North Carolina), Diocese of Cheyenne (Wyoming), Diocese of Cleveland (Ohio), Diocese of Colorado Springs (Colorado), Diocese of Columbus (Ohio), Diocese of Corpus Christi (Texas), Diocese of Covington (Kentucky), Diocese of Crookston (Minnesota), Diocese of Dallas (Texas), Diocese of Davenport (Iowa), Diocese of Des Moines (Iowa), Diocese of Dodge City (Kansas), Diocese of Duluth (Minnesota), Diocese of El Paso (Texas), Diocese of Erie (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Evansville (Indiana), Diocese of Fairbanks (Alaska), Diocese of Fall River (Massachusetts), Diocese of Fargo (North Dakota), Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend (Indiana), Diocese of Fort Worth (Texas), Diocese of Fresno (California), Diocese of Gallup (New Mexico), Diocese of Gary (Indiana), Diocese of Gaylord (Michigan), Diocese of Grand Island (Nebraska), Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan), Diocese of Great Falls-Billings (Montana), Diocese of Green Bay (Wisconsin), Diocese of Greensburg (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Harrisburg (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Helena (Montana), Diocese of Honolulu (Hawaii), Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux (Louisiana), Diocese of Jackson (Mississippi), Diocese of Jefferson City (Missouri), Diocese of Joliet (Illinois), Diocese of Juneau (Alaska), Diocese of Kalamazoo (Michigan), Diocese of Kansas City - St Joseph (Missouri), Diocese of Knoxville (Tennessee), Diocese of La Crosse (Wisconsin), Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana, Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana, Diocese of Lake Charles (Louisiana), Diocese of Lansing (Michigan), Diocese of Laredo (Texas), Diocese of Las Cruces (New Mexico), Diocese of Las Vegas (Nevada), Diocese of Lexington (Kentucky), Diocese of Lincoln (Nebraska), Diocese of Little Rock (Arkansas), Diocese of Lubbock (Texas), Diocese of Madison (Wisconsin), Diocese of Manchester (New Hampshire), Diocese of Marquette (Michigan), Diocese of Memphis (Tennessee), Diocese of Metuchen (New Jersey), Diocese of Monterey (California), Diocese of Nashville (Tennessee), Diocese of New Ulm (Minnesota), Diocese of Norwich (Connecticut), Diocese of Oakland (California), Diocese of Ogdensburg (New York), Diocese of Orange (California), Diocese of Orlando (Florida), Diocese of Owensboro (Kentucky), Diocese of Palm Beach (Florida), Diocese of Paterson (New Jersey), Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee (Florida), Diocese of Peoria (Illinois), Diocese of Phoenix (Arizona), Diocese of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Portland in Maine, Diocese of Providence (Rhode Island), Diocese of Pueblo (Colorado), Diocese of Raleigh (North Carolina), Diocese of Rapid City (South Dakota), Diocese of Reno (Nevada), Diocese of Richmond (Virginia), Diocese of Rochester (New York), Diocese of Rockford (Illinois), Diocese of Rockville Centre (New York), Diocese of Sacramento (California), Diocese of Saginaw (Michigan), Diocese of Salina (Kansas), Diocese of Salt Lake City (Utah), Diocese of San Angelo (Texas), Diocese of San Bernardino (California), Diocese of San Diego (California), Diocese of San Jose (California), Diocese of Santa Rosa (California), Diocese of Savannah (Georgia), Diocese of Scranton (Pennsylvania), Diocese of Shreveport (Louisiana), Diocese of Sioux City (Iowa), Diocese of Sioux Falls (South Dakota), Diocese of Spokane (Washington), Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau (Missouri), Diocese of St Augustine (Florida), Diocese of St Cloud (Minnesota), Diocese of St Petersburg (Florida), Diocese of St Thomas, VI (Virgin Islands), Diocese of Steubenville (Ohio), Diocese of Stockton (California), Diocese of Superior (Wisconsin), Diocese of Syracuse (New York), Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Diocese of Trenton (New Jersey), Diocese of Tucson (Tucson), Diocese of Tulsa (Oklahoma), Diocese of Tyler (Texas), Diocese of Venice (Florida), Diocese of Victoria (Texas), Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (West Virginia), Diocese of Wichita (Kansas), Diocese of Wilmington (Delaware), Diocese of Winona (Minnesota), Diocese of Worcester (Massachusetts), Diocese of Yakima (Washington) and the Diocese of Youngstown (Ohio), We, the ecumenical faithful of the universal church, request the cardinal virtue of justice for the seminarians, children and others who have been abused, molested, sexually assaulted and raped by those placed in ecclesial authority over them. We request that the USCCB set the example globally by setting the tone for the pursuit of justice within the Catholic Church in the United States and its territories. We request full state and federal cooperation with law enforcement to investigate any allegation of such injustices allegedly committed at the hands of our ordained leaders as well as those who may have abetted in such instances, covered up such instances or remained complacent in such instances. We request that this cooperation with law enforcement be supplemented with investigation in every parish led by the laity. These investigations should be in cooperation with law enforcement whenever such cases be applicable. We request a purge of leadership within the Catholic Church of those found to be guilty of such crimes against the faithful and innocent. We request that any leadership found guilty either by the courts of man or the investigation of the church to be stripped of their positions through public and transparent laicization in accordance with canon law (CC 1583, CC 290-293). We request this to be done at every level of religious order, from brothers and sisters to the Bishop of Rome, if allegations of these crimes, abetting or complacency prove true. We cite in pursuit of these actions the following catechetical paragraphs: On Virtue - 1804-1811, especially 1807, and On Sexual Morality - 2331-2359. We would also cite Presbyterorum Ordinis, CC 277 and the entirety of the Theology of the Body Homilies as presented by Saint Pope John Paul II. In order to provide an example of righteous anger from Christ Himself, we cite Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-19, Luke 19:45-48 and John 2:13-16. Given Christ’s reaction to matters lesser than those present in the current scandal, we believe justice should be handled proportionately since those involved in these matters are no less than the “brood of vipers” Christ encountered in His time. We request justice in these matters. Sincerely, The ecumenical body that comprises the universal church,

Daniel McKenzie
322 supporters