Petition to Jamie Pedersen, Washington State Senate, Washington State House
Abolish the statute of limitations on sex crimes in Washington State
When I was ten years old, my sixth grade teacher sexually abused me and my two best friends – on many occasions. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned he had abused many, many, other children, but was never held accountable for his crimes. By that time the statute of limitations had passed and none of us could press charges against him. Stand with survivors and demand that Washington State abolish the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes. Childhood victims of abuse often don’t report their abuse because their abusers threaten them, they don’t understand what is happening to them, or fear not being believed. For many, the strength to pursue justice comes only after counseling or therapy in their adulthood. How can we then bar victims from seeking justice once they are older, and better equipped to speak about past abuse? My abuser still lives in my hometown and has worked with children through his church. A background check will reveal that he is not a registered sex offender. He couldn't possibly be... all the victims we know about have been time-barred from seeking justice by the statute of limitations. It’s time to stop protecting abusers and pass House Bill 1155, which would eliminate the statute of limitations for felony sexual assault offenses. This bill is part of a nation-wide movement to change our justice system to better serve survivors. Already, New York, California and several other states have abolished their statutes of limitations – now it’s Washington’s turn. Call on Washington legislators to stand on the right side of history. Sign the petition today.
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 Mary Miller
Stop decades of sexual abuse at Presentation High School, a Catholic all-girls school in San Jose, California. Over the past three months, dozens of victims have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by multiple abusers during a thirty year period. The majority of these incidents were reported to the school administration, yet the school did not file a single report with Child Protective Services, allowing predators to have allowed unfettered access to thousands of girls for decades. Neither the school administration nor the Board of Directors have responded or even acknowledged a request for an independent investigation into the allegations of abuse. Instead, the school administration has called this request “the dark side of social media” and has said the allegations are an “outright lie” and “unsubstantiated claims masquerading as facts.” Several victims offered to attend a board meeting to share their stories, but have been denied the ability to meet with school leadership. Here is how you can help. 1) Please sign this petition and help us circulate it:https://www.change.org/p/presentation-high-school-presentationtoo 2) Please follow us on social media and share our sites and pages to continue to spread the word. Website: http://makepressafe.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makepressafe/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MakePresSafe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makepressafe/ THANK YOU! Our original request (when only two cases of abuse were known) is below: We, the undersigned, in light of the accusations unveiled in the recent Washington Post story entitled "When the legal system fails sexual assault victims, we have to find our own closure" written by Presentation High School alumna Kathryn Leehane hereby state the following: We are outraged by the nature of the accusations against former Presentation French and Spanish teacher, John Fernandez. We are outraged by the apparent lack of response by the Presentation administration once charges of abuse were reported to Marian Stuckey and Mary Miller beginning in 1990. We are outraged that John Fernandez was allowed access to thousands of young women while in a position of authority for twenty years. To remedy this alleged failure on the part of the school administration, we demand the following actions take place: We demand an independent investigation into all allegations of abuse by John Fernandez during his 20 year tenure. Pending the results of the investigation, we demand a public apology in the form of an open letter to all alumnae on the Presentation website, in the Presentation Magazine, AND in a direct-mail campaign to all former students. Pending the results of the investigation, we demand that appropriate consequences be brought against anyone found to have been in a position of authority when these accusations were leveled and did nothing to affect change. Pending the results of the investigation, we demand a substantial monetary pledge towards charities that work with survivors of sexual assault. We request a response to the above within 90 days. We look forward to your response and efforts to remedy past errors and end a culture of silence. Not Words, but Deeds.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Department of Education, Catharine Young
Urge U.S. schools educate on sexual misconduct, bullying & violence; to combat
Sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence and bullying. These issues, or epidemics of which you could call them, are very vital issues that resonate our entire society, it is an issue that is so pervasive not only here in the United States, but across the entire globe; it happens in the workplace, in families, at school, at home and all over the world, while victimizing our fellow citizens, neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members. These are women, men, children; all ages fall victim to it. In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 33 men will fall victim to sexual harassment or assault at some point in their lifetime, over 3.2 million students fall victim to bullying each year, and on average 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. These are only numbers of which have been reported. What we so often see time after time all across our globe is a culture where these issues are hidden deep within the darkest of shadows, whether that be due to consternation, power of authority and so on. This must end, this issue is rampant and it is crucial that we combat these issues of which cripple society daily, and that we try to reduce these numbers we see in our statistics if at all possible, in any way we possibly can. We must not stand by and remain silent. Enough is enough. One major way in which we can accomplish reducing these numbers in our statistics is by providing proper education through programs, courses, discussions and assemblies on these topics in schools across our nation. I believe if we work on providing education on these topics, and educate students when they are younger, that they will learn proper manners and behaviors, and within our future generations we will see a significant decrease of sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence and bullying within our statistics. This will change the culture. Through these programs, we can establish and arrange curriculum that educates students on how to intervene and handle these situations when they hear about or see them taking place, we can educate students on how to defend themselves if they find themselves in one of these uncomfortable, harassing or violent situations; self defense should be a required course in schools. It is essential we seek change and educate both boys and girls more thoroughly on the basis of what behaviors are right and wrong, on what’s acceptable and what isn’t, that this type of obscene behavior towards others is unacceptable, and can be detrimental to ones health. We must teach students to keep their hands to themselves, to not touch someone else unless that touch is welcomed, to be kind, compassionate and respectful to others, and to know that when someone confides in them, telling them that they have witnessed or experienced something, that they must listen and never silence a victim. There is evidence that providing education on these topics within schools reduces the numbers in statistics. In Nairobi, Kenya, consent and self-defense classes have been taught to students in schools; in these classes, girls are taught how to defend themselves and how to say no, while boys are taught to stand up for women, intervene when they see a problem, among many other things as well. Before the classes were being taught, boys said it was justifiable to rape a girl who wears mini skirts, are taken on expensive dates, are out alone at night, etcetera; however in only six classes their thoughts towards the issue changed, that behavior significantly shifted. The success seen since teaching these classes is truly remarkable, the numbers of rape and violence in Nairobi have shifted lower dramatically. In areas where these classes are taught, rape has reduced by 50%, and 74% of the time boys successfully intervened when witnessing an assault. These classes are hosted by 'No Means No Worldwide' and the will soon be taught in every high school in Nairobi, Kenya. If we can establish and bring courses and programs like that into our schools here in the United States, the numbers we see in our statistics of sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence and bullying will likely shift downward drastically. Society must step up; we owe at least this to future generations, we bear the responsibility in changing the culture that has enabled sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence and bullying to continue on this long. It’s on us, we must all work together to reduce these horrific numbers we continually see daily. Let's speak up, climb to the mountaintop and shout, “NO MORE!”. Let's see if there is a way to provide education on these topics in schools across our nation. I'm not sure if there is a way congress can go about making this happen, but please join me in letting them know if there is, we want it and believe it's needed as a step to combat this epidemic. I am asking you to please sign and share this petition in effort to at least try and make this happen, and raise awareness on these issues. Thank you.
Petition to Oklahoma State House, Oklahoma State Senate, Mary Fallin
Lauren’s Law - Support Consent Education In Oklahoma - Pass House Bill 2734
Lauren Atkins bravely shared her story with the world last summer. A story every parent hopes their child won’t have to face, but for many that’s all too familiar; Lauren was raped by a boy she knew from school. She was shocked to find out he had no idea what legal consent was. In the fall of 2014, we organized the group Yes All Daughters and led a protest after multiple teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped and bullied out of the same school Lauren attends. These are not isolated incidents. Girls between 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. 44% of sexual assaults happen before the age of 18. WE MUST FOCUS ON EDUCATION. Statutory laws on consent are not enough to prevent rape. Educating teens about issues of consent and healthy relationships is essential to reversing the horrifying statistics. Yes All Daughters has worked with Oklahoma lawmaker and former high school teacher, Representative Jacob Rosecrants, to introduce House Bill 2734 to address the need for consent and healthy relationship education. HB2734 will allow for the development of age appropriate programs on consent and healthy relationship behavior. These programs will teach students about consent and how to recognize and prevent relationship violence, including physical and emotional relationship abuse. It will also address relationship communication skills, emotional health, and accountability. Federal funds are available for this consent and safe relationship education to be implemented at the state level through Title IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Under the last administration, the White House Council on Women and Girls Report estimated the cost of rape to be as high as $240,776 per incident, including medical services, investigations, loss of productivity, and quality of life. With the high cost of assault and federal funding available, there’s no excuse not to protect and educate our kids. Let’s do this for Lauren, the young women we started our movement for, and all the survivors who hope for a better world. SIGN OUR PETITION AND DEMAND THAT OKLAHOMA LAWMAKERS MAKE OUR CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND SAFETY A PRIORITY BY PASSING THIS IMPORTANT BILL. EDUCATION IS PREVENTION. Call and email your legislators. Stand with us against Sexual Violence. No more Silence. No more Shame.
Petition to Darlington School Board of Trustees
Stop Darlington School from Silencing Its Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
UPDATE! Thank you to everyone for all the support! Signing this petition, sharing the petition, donating any amount of cash to help us keep this petition circulating and reaching others-it is all vitally important. Your support is needed more than ever. Last Friday, December 16, in Floyd County, Darlington survivors filed for dismissal without prejudice of the case pending in Floyd. The hearing scheduled for Dec. 18, was in response to Darlington’s filing to dismiss the victim’s legal claims. Instead, the survivors elected to dismiss the case themselves. Thus the “dismissal without prejudice.” Darlington Survivors have not dismissed forever the fact that the abuse took place at the hands of Roger Stifflemire and that Darlington has known for years and done nothing. From the survivors facebook post, “As Darlington continues its attempts to avoid responsibility for failing each of us and the Darlington Community as a whole, we have decided to take this path toward justice”. So please understand that this fight is not over. Your ongoing participation is vital! The dismissal without prejudice of a case means the matter can, and in this case, will be brought before a court of law again. There are two things you can do help: First: Join us to advocate for and support the passing of “The Hidden Predator Act”, Georgia House Bill 605 (HB605). The bill was introduced in March of this year, but did not advance to a vote. The bill comes up again in January 2018 and would subject those who engage in human sex trafficking to civil claims, and would give the state’s attorney general the ability to file claims against those culpable in such cases of public importance. It would also extend the statute of limitations for civil claims filed by victims of childhood sexual abuse. This law would allow lawsuits against institutions that knew or should have known abuse occurred, authorizing suits against the institutions as well as the perpetrators. You can read the bill here: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20172018/HB/605 Find more details from the AJC here: http://www.myajc.com/news/state--regional/abused-children-victims-may-get-more-time-sue/Sz4grdnK4nZmg9k8O7N7PL/ It is very important for us to educate Georgians about the need for this bill so please contact one, or better yet all of your legislators and reach out to the members who support this non-partisan bill. Rep. Jason Spencer R - Woodbine, 404.656.0177 email@example.comRep. Spencer Frye D - Athens, 404.656.0265 firstname.lastname@example.org Mary Margaret Oliver D - Decatur, 404.377.0485 email@example.com Paulette Rakestraw, R - Powder Springs, 404.656.0177 firstname.lastname@example.org Buzz Brockway, R - Lawrenceville, 404.656.0188 email@example.com Stacey Evans, D - Smyrna, 404.656.0116 firstname.lastname@example.org Second: Continue to share this petition and this information to everyone, giving if you can 1 to 20 dollars to keep this growing. Your support will educate Georgians and hold institutions and predators responsible for their actions. There should be no expiration date for child abuse in Georgia! We will keep you posted-also follow Darlington Survivors on Facebook and the website . THE FOLLOWING WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED DECEMBER 8,2017, PLEASE READ FOR DETAILS ON THE CASE On December 18, 2017 a judge will decide whether the lawsuit against Darlington School merits proceeding. http://www.darlingtonschool.org/home Darlington is attempting to silence its victims by requesting their charges be dropped. Please support the victims by encouraging the school to allow its victims' voices to be heard in court. More than once, Darlington was notified of inappropriate behavior and sexual assaults perpetrated by Roger Stifflemire, a former teacher and dormitory proctor. http://www.ajc.com/news/local/suit-accuses-boarding-school-turning-blind-eye-sexual-abuse/1Emr0waXnSSrDBr9BfL7uM/ http://www.myajc.com/news/local/blurred-lines-and-tolerance-sex-abuse-georgia-boarding-school/rJPsMqmn0Qf7zCuY5WWTxI/ From 1974 to 1994, the private school continued to employ him, never formally punishing him, going so far as to honor him in a 2002 ceremony for excellence. This story remains on their website today. http://www.darlingtonschool.org/daily/newsview.aspx?newsID=2460322 Roger Stifflemire was able to move to an Alabama high school with presumably no trace of his criminal behavior at Darlington. http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2017/06/30/report-former-prattville-principal-accused-abuse-ga-kooschool/443159001/ In 2014 a former student notified Darlington again about misconduct occurring in the 1980s. In response the school began an investigation. In 2015, an unprecedented opportunity arose when the Georgia Legislature passed the Hidden Predator Act. This provided a two-year window for victims to take legal action against their alleged abusers. Darlington was presented with another opportunity to carry out its mission to "Act with Integrity" by reaching out to former students, faculty and staff. http://www.darlingtonschool.org/about/mission.aspx In May 2017, nearly three years after beginning its investigation, Darlington did send a letter to alumni asking them to come forward with any information related to sexual misconduct. This allowed only thirty-five days before the Hidden Predator Act expired. Darlington has yet to release the information about its investigation. Please show your support for the victims by signing this petition to encourage Darlington School to hold itself accountable for its decades-long failure to protect its students.
Petition to Liberty University
Invite Rachael Denhollander to Speak at Liberty U. Convocation
There were many survivors of abuse by Larry Nassar, disgraced ex-doctor for the USA Gymnastics team, but Rachael Denhollander was the first to come forward--and the last to demand justice at his penultimate trial, where he was sentenced to 175 years in prison. Denhollander is also a vocal believer in Jesus Christ. Her faith has been the subject of multiple news articles, and she also published an op-ed in the New York Times, where she described being the first to go public with accusations of sexual assault: "I lost my church. I lost my closest friends as a result of advocating for survivors who had been victimized by similar institutional failures in my own community. I lost every shred of privacy." Recently, Liberty University convocation has been actively promoting the complex interlinking of justice, forgiveness, and (where possible) redemption. Speakers such as Hugh and Jill Freeze have bravely shared their personal struggles with both facing the consequences of sin and encountering the scandalous grace of God. Rachael Denhollander is uniquely capable of shining a spotlight on these issues. At the trial, she forgave Larry Nassar and assured him that complete forgiveness was available, should he ever repent. She also demanded that he be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, noted the damage his remorseless abuse had wrought, and cited Jesus' words about those who abuse children deserving severe punishment (namely, a millstone tied around their necks as they drown.) In light of Denhollander's unabashed faith, bold support of sexual abuse survivors, and courageous willingness to be the first to speak out against Nassar, I believe she would be an excellent speaker at Liberty University convocation. I, for one, would love to hear her share what she has learned about faith, forgiveness, and the fight for Christlike justice in a fallen world, especially for women and girls. If you are a current student, alumni, or friend/family member of a student/alumni at Liberty University--and you would believe Rachael Denhollander would be a fantastic speaker for the student body--please sign this petition and encourage Liberty's Office of Spiritual Development to invite Denhollander. As a current LU student, I truly hope LU takes this potential opportunity under consideration.
Petition to Joseph Vallario, Kathleen Dumais, Bobby Zirkin, Thomas Miller, Michael Busch
PASS The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act. Stop Serial Rapists & Child Molesters!
The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act (HB301/SB270) is back in 2018! Tell your legislators #TimesUp on serial predators claiming consent and getting away with it. Thanks to sponsors Senator Jim Brochin and Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary! Did you know? According to the CDC, one out of every five American women will experience rape during their lifetime. Every 98 seconds a person is sexually assaulted in this country. And every 8 minutes, that victim is child. Millions of men in the United States are also victims of rape. 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male. The vast majority of rapists will never be incarcerated. Only SIX out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison. When victims finally get to court, they want to believe that justice is imminent. But the laws are stacked against them. In Maryland, serial predators are able to hide prior instances of rape and child molestation from juries. Today, in 2018, a defendant’s past predatory sex acts are not admitted as evidence during a trial… even if a clear pattern of assault or abuse can be established. · If the defendant has a history of rape and assault, including any convictions—the jury will never know it. · If the defendant is a registered sex offender—the jury will never know it. · If there are other victims willing to testify and share their story—the jury will never know it. And while prosecutors cannot introduce this vital evidence, · Serial rapists can— and WILL— try to reference a victim’s sexual history despite rape shield laws. · Serial rapists can— and WILL—claim consent. · Serial rapists can—and WILL—rape again. We need your support. Help change the unimaginable reality Maryland’s victims of serial rapists and child molesters face every day. At least 35 jurisdictions and the federal government already have laws or rules enabling prosecutors to introduce this critical evidence. It is time Maryland joined these states and stood up for survivors of rape and molestation. Sign this petition and help us to pass critical legislation that will close these loopholes, before serial rapists and child molesters continue victimizing our friends, family members, and neighbors. Sign NOW to tell your representatives in the Maryland General Assembly you won’t wait to help victims. Will they?