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Sexual Assault

361 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to NCAA Power 5, Robert A. Bowlsby, James E. Delany, Gregory Sankey, Larry G. Scott, John D. Swofford

NCAA Conference Commissioners: Ban Violent Athletes

My name is Cody McDavis. I am a former Division I student-athlete and the prevalence of sexual violence in college athletics makes me sick. That’s why I’m calling on the Power Five Conference Commissioners — the most influential conferences in the NCAA — to immediately ban student-athletes with a history of violence. Violent students have no place in collegiate athletics. Sport is meant to be a place of respect, accountability, and honor. None of these virtues can exist in a place where we allow perpetrators of sexual violence to exist. Several individuals in my own family have been sexually assaulted and so have many of my close friends. As a result, I’ve been speaking out against sexual violence for years. In 2015, I worked with then-Vice President Biden, the White House, and the NCAA to start the It’s On Us campaign that called on student-athletes around the country to speak out against sexual violence. Then, in 2016, Darius Adams petitioned the NCAA to ban violent athletes, and 190,000 of you signed your name. Darius started this petition because his mother, Brenda Tracy, was drugged and gang-raped in 1998 by four college football players. Their punishment: a one-game suspension for breaking team conduct rules. Darius and Brenda inspired me to take a stand. I met with the leadership of the NCAA to create the Committee to Combat Campus Sexual Violence, which Brenda and I sat on together. Brenda and I spent two long years working with the NCAA to finish what Darius originally set out to do: ban violent student-athletes. But the NCAA disbanded the committee without changing the rules. The NCAA has failed to act, so it’s time to turn directly to the athletic conferences. NCAA Power Five Conference Commissioners: Please adopt rules prohibiting student-athletes with a history of violence from participating in college athletics. This policy change is both critical and possible. The Big Sky Athletic Conference has already adopted a comprehensive policy banning violent athletes, thanks to students who worked with Brenda Tracy. The Big Sky didn’t wait for the NCAA to make their conference safer for all students at their member schools. Now it’s time for the Power Five conferences to step up and do the same. Brenda Tracy was gang-raped 20 years ago. For the past several years, Brenda has been meeting with college teams across the country to tell her story and advocate for change. Brenda is doing everything she can to make our college campuses a safer place for everyone, and I’m proud to stand with her. We cannot allow the NCAA or its conferences to be complacent. They owe it to their athletes. They owe it to their students. They owe it to Brenda and all survivors. The Power Five conferences have an opportunity to make a statement and start a cultural shift within college athletics and beyond. Sexual violence is at its worst on our college campuses. 1-in-10 students will experience sexual violence while in college. 1-in-5 will not report out of fear of reprisal. Our athletic conferences, with all their influence, have an opportunity to tell the country that they stand with the survivors of sexual violence. Join me in calling on the Power Five Conferences of the NCAA to enact rules prohibiting the participation of student-athletes with a history of violence.

Cody McDavis
218,623 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

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: https://13wham.com/news/special-reports/college-discredit-acquitted-of-rape-still-shamed  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.    

SAVE
3,323 supporters
Decision maker responded 5 days ago

Petition to Elsewhere , Popgun Presents, Jake Rosenthal, Elsewhere Venue, Dhruv Chopra

Accountability for Elsewhere BK

A statement regarding the call to boycott Elsewhere:Content warning: sexual violence, impunity, ignoring survivors, perpetuating rape culture On 4/26/19 a coalition of concerned allies (CCA) issued a call for allies of rape survivors to boycott Elsewhere, a popular nightclub in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Since 2017, Elsewhere has been aware that one of their investors is a serial rapist. Over the past two years, management received several messages which detailed his actions and use of date-rape drugs, to which the club never once responded. After this information became public, Elsewhere released an online statement (still without speaking to survivors) claiming that the investor was gone; however, employees of the venue articulated conflicting information suggesting that this might not be the case. With the solidarity of several bands who either pulled out of their shows or demonstrated their support in other ways, in addition to the persistence of survivors and their allies, Elsewhere finally released a statement 6/15 saying that it would meet the central demand of the boycott and sit down with survivors and their allies. We spent three months in a restorative justice process facilitated by the New York Peace Institute, preparing for our meeting with Elsewhere. The night before our scheduled meeting, Elsewhere canceled the meeting and has since ceased communication with the CCA. Elsewhere regularly identifies as a "community space," yet refuses to engage with concerned community members. Elsewhere claims to have “respect for all people and art, and a desire to support and grow the community that makes it possible.” But this has not held true: Elsewhere continues to ignore our messages via email and social media, spread misinformation to musicians who express concern, and, perhaps most egregiously, profit off their progressive branding that falsely claims Elsewhere is a "safe space."  We want transparency from Elsewhere. Until the club’s leadership decides to engage in an accountability meeting with us, to share proof of their claims made on 4/26 and to apologize for ignoring survivors, we invite all artists, DJs, performers, party promoters, and dancers to continue to #DanceAnywhereElse and #BoycottElsewhere. You can find more information here at bitly.com/boycottelsewhere, as well as a complete timeline of our actions here. For any questions and/or concerns, feel free to contact the Coalition of Concerned Allies at concernedallies@gmail.com    

Coalition of Concerned Allies
315 supporters