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Sexual Assault

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Petition to President Barron, Penn State

Incorporate Sexual Assault Resources University-Wide @ PSU

THE BACKGROUND: Penn State Main has both a Women’s Center and a Title IX office The Women’s Center is a safe space where victims can talk about their sexual assault and are offered ways to cope through licensed trauma counselors  The Title IX office is meant for reporting the rapist through the school, so the victim can stay protected as their case unfolds  THE PROBLEM: Penn State has twenty-four campuses statewide, yet the Main Campus (University Park) is the only one that provides these privileges to students WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM? Total student population at PSU MAIN: around 46,000 Total student population across campuses: 99,133 Only a few Title IX officers are in charge of all these students!! Furthermore, victims from branch campuses have to write a letter or email detailing their assault as opposed to being able to walk in like us students at Main; this is extremely impersonal and inconvenient for the victim who is already enduring so much IN THE GRAND SCHEME: Most universities (including PSU) are being investigated for how they handle rape  Title IX at most schools is known for being inefficient already despite having good intentions That inefficiency is usually due to the lack of employees, making the process of reporting and the overall case time last months longer than it is supposed to  This is a bigger problem at PSU due to the lack of resources for all the other twenty-three campuses. We clearly go to a very large school! NOTE: Students can choose to go to their local police, but Title IX reports rape as SEX DISCRIMINATION as opposed to just a crime. So, unlike police, Title IX has the ability to suspend the rapist, make dorm changes, etc. THE NEED FOR CHANGE: So, in the name of equality for all, PSU should include its Women’s Center and its Title IX offices in every one of its branch campuses to ensure that all students feel safe and comfortable when facing sexual assault.  I graciously ask our fellow Penn State students, faculty, or anyone else who cares about this GLOBAL issue to sign this petition in hopes that it will spark President Barron's attention. Every student here deserves the best coping resources, so it should be the norm for PSU to incorporate Title IX resources in each of its 23 other branch campuses. This way, the process would be much more streamlined at University Park as well, considering that in the long run, every campus needs better resources so the investigations don't last longer than they need to ANYWHERE.  BONUS: If we all forward this petition to Barron and his team (president@psu.edu), then we could potentially flourish their emails with this petition Let’s work for a better tomorrow; at this point, it’s truly on us. Thank you, Minaya Ismayilova (Senior at Penn State Main)    

Minaya Ismayilova
272 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to The Board of VOM USA, Jim Dau

Investigate Why Voice of the Martyrs Funded the Abuse of Nigerian Orphans

In January 2016, while on a mission trip to Nigeria, we were told by some people there of great wickedness that was being perpetrated in Voice of the Martyrs work in Nigeria. Voice of the Martyrs is a ministry that purports to help persecuted Christians. In Nigeria, there were many victims of Muslim persecution, and it was one of their highest profile countries for fundraising. There were several projects in Nigeria, including the Stephen's Center - a home for children effected by persecution, Basic Response - which arranged for care of attack victims, and a prosthetic clinic - to provide limbs for those who had lost them.  We have returned twice after that initial trip to investigate, and are convinced that instead of helping the people of Nigeria, Voice of the Martyrs has been harming people in tragic and shameful ways. For the full story, please watch the video we've posted online, Persecuting the Persecuted. The wickedness we have uncovered includes the following: Isaac Newton, the director of the Voice of the Martyrs in Nigeria, has been accused by many credible witnesses of habitually sexually assaulting girls in the Stephen's Center Isaac continued this abuse by threatening the victims and their families with expulsion from the school or the removal of Voice of the Martyrs monetary assistance Isaac has retaliated against anyone who confronted him or tried to end his wickedness Isaac had stolen much of the funds that was provided by Voice of the Martyrs The children in the Stephen's Center have been mistreated and not provided with the food and supplies that they need Financial corruption has been rampant through Voice of the Martyrs in Nigeria Many victims have not received the money that was specifically raised to help them Through our conversations in Nigeria and more than a year spent urging Voice of the Martyrs to act, we discovered wrongdoing closer to home. It seems that Voice of the Martyrs had reason to know what was going on, and their actions have covered up the evil that was done instead of fighting to end it. There are Voice of the Martyrs ministries in many different countries that although separate, often collaborate. VOM USA is the largest by far and gave most of the funding, and had the most oversight over Nigeria. In our video, you can find a more complete story of our interactions with VOM USA. But to summarize: VOM USA investigated these allegations years before we heard of them. They said their efforts uncovered nothing, yet in just a few days we could assemble a story from many witnesses and while it should not be sufficient for a court, it should have been sufficient to start a real investigation. We know that the allegations of molestation were reported to VOM USA in 2015, yet they did not investigate, but insisted that the abuse had been done by an employee who had died. VOM USA promised to have multiple outside investigations done, but no investigators ever contacted us for any information and we never heard about it again. VOM USA supported Isaac in his efforts to fire two employees who were reporting his abuse, without caring to investigate those allegations of abuse. Even when they eventually defunded Isaac, VOM USA gave land and goods worth over $100,000 to him - someone who they had every reason to believe was abusing those who he claimed to be helping. In our conversations with VOM USA we have on many occasions been told false or contradictory information. VOM USA seems to have been working to delay and distract us to avoid dealing with the issue. VOM USA has repeatedly denied any responsibility for what went on by claiming that VOM in Nigeria was a completely separate organization that they just funded. Yet that obscures the reality that they were far more involved and intertwined, VOM USA having managerial authority over Nigerian employees, making hiring and firing decisions.  Voice of the Martyrs has repeatedly failed to investigate serious wrongdoing when given the opportunity. They have sided with the oppressors instead of the victims. They have repeatedly proven themselves untrustworthy.  We believe that Voice of the Martyrs needs to bring in independent, outside investigators from a well-respected third party to conduct a full investigation and publicly release their findings. Donors need to understand why VOM USA did not fight to end this evil when it was brought to their attention. We need to understand who was involved in allowing this to happen, and how we can have confidence that it will never happen again in VOM USA.    "To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke" - Isaiah 58:6b  "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light." - Ephesians 5:11-13 "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." - 1 John 3:19-21  

Reformation Baptist Church
277 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Government of Alberta, The Honorable David Eggen, The Honorable Rachel Notley, Mr. Brian Jean, Mrs. Leela Sharon Aheer, The Honourable Marlin Schmidt, Mr. Ric McIver, Mr. Greg Clark

Reform Alberta's Sexual Education Curriculum to Encompass Consent and Sexual Assault

I graduated from high school in Alberta in 2015. I completed the Career and Life Management 20 (CALM) course in grade 10. As a part of CALM, we received a lesson in sexual education from an educator from a local sexual health resource center. I remember learning about how to prevent pregnancy and contracting STIs but don't remember learning too much about consent, different types of abuse and what to do when one has experienced sexual assault. This past year was my first at Queen's University. I'd heard news stories about the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses in North America, but I never thought that I, or anyone I knew, would ever experience it. Then I learned that one of my closest friends at Queen's had been assaulted during her first week of university. Thankfully, some of our friends knew what to do in that event, which was to go to the hospital to access what is commonly referred to as a "rape kit" to collect DNA evidence as well as access emergency contraception and other medications. The scary thing is I never learned what to do in the event that I or a friend were to experience sexual assault. The only reason I now know what to do in the event of assault is because my friend was raped, not because I learned it in my sexual education course. Sexual assault can affect anyone at any time, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. According to Alberta's Minister of Education, Hon. David Eggen, the province is currently undergoing a curriculum redesign of the CALM course to focus it more on health and wellness. We need to speak up and let our legislators know that Alberta students deserve proper knowledge about consent, sexual abuse, and assault. While it is critical to teach students about how to cope with the aftermath of sexual violence, it is equally as important to teach them about consent. No one ever has the right to touch another’s body without their permission. Students must understand that renewed consent is required with each sexual activity that ensues. Consent is not only required out of principle, but also by Canadian law. It is critical that students understand the legal aspects of consent and how it plays a role in healthy sexual encounters. To address this critical issue, I ask that the Alberta government take the following measures: 1) Teach students about the value of consent and when it is valid/invalid (i.e., how the role of drugs/alcohol can negate consent). Students should be taught exactly what constitutes consent under Canadian law. Additionally, students should be informed of their right to say "no" to unwanted sexual interactions and should be empowered to do so. 2) Integrate information about sexual assault into Alberta's sexual health education classes. This means addressing what constitutes sexual assault (which can occur in forms other than heterosexual intercourse), what to do in the event that an assault occurs (e.g., getting a sexual assault evidence kit, also known as a "rape kit"), what the victim's options are (e.g., pressing charges/not pressing charges and other legal options), and where they can go to get follow-up medical and psychological assistance. 3) Ensure that schools convey this information to students consistently across the province. Every child should receive the exact same quality of education. This applies to one's sexual health education, too. 4) Develop an explicit set of learning outcomes and a framework that can be consistently followed by all sexual health classes in Alberta. Ensure that these learning outcomes are explicit and easy to understand by parents, students, and teachers. 5) Ensure that the new curriculum is inclusive for all. Consent is necessary for all sexual encounters, regardless of the sexual orientation or gender of the parties involved. 6) Require instructors who teach about sexual health be trained to do so. There is currently no legislation mandating that teachers who teach Career and Life Management be trained to teach the course. This applies to the sexual health component of the course. It is both legal and feasible for a teacher with no professional training in how to deliver information about sexual health to do so. 7) Post-secondary education institutions in Alberta should mandate that all incoming students (including first-year students and transfer students) should undergo a mandatory discussion about consent, the reality of sexual assault, and the resources available to those who may experience sexual violence. 8) Require all post-secondary institutions across Alberta (and the rest of Canada, for that matter) to develop sexual assault policies to help combat the prevalence of sexual violence. Sexual violence is a horrible reality that too many Canadian students will face. Our government has the power to make the new curriculum more informative and useful to all of Alberta's students. Tell Rachel Notley, Education Minister David Eggen, and your MLA that your sexual health education matters! You can find this campaign on social media under the name Right2Know. You can find it on Facebook at facebook.com/Right2KnowAlberta as well as on Twitter and Instagram at @Right2KnowAB. Our website is www.right2knowab.ca For inquiries, please email right2knowalberta@gmail.com.

Natasha Kornak
20,163 supporters