sexual assault

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Started 2 months ago

Petition to Antonio Tajani

Stop sexual harassment in the European Parliament! #metooEU

DE / EN / SE / ES / IT There are sexual assaults on a regular basis in the European Parliament. Sexism and sexualized violence take place throughout our society. It's always about power. Men who have political influence - and those who believe they do - use their position to make sexist comments or harass women without being punished.  In reaction to the #metoo-campaign, several female colleagues have expressed their own experiences of being groped, followed or harassed by male MPs, as well as their colleagues. Violence against women takes place in all areas of our society. We cannot accept that! I am Terry Reintke, MEP and women's political spokesperson for the Green party in the European Parliament. I have also been sexually harassed. And I am tired of being reduced to my looks. This must stop! That is why I have started the campaign #metooEU together with the feminist women's network Period.Brussels. We demand: Creating a zero-tolerance atmosphere towards violence in any form be it structural, sexual, physical or psychological. Accountability of Perpetrator: expansion and full exhaustion of available penalties and sanctions. Creation of a central complaints office for reporting harassment cases for all EU-Institutions. Ensuring the access to an independent harassment committee in the European Parliament that does not reproduce the internal structures of power by having MEPs on board. Victims and allies need whistleblower status and protection: victims and those who are reporting must be utterly assured of their anonymity and discretion with their demands. Psychological support for victims: every institution must have a central office with doctors, social workers, and counselors. Mandatory training on sexual harassment and mobbing as well as awareness raising of omnipresent and existing patriarchal structures  for those who are in positions of power. Training and information offer for staff to recognise sexual harassment and to know their rights. We ask that the EU Commission finally submits a directive against violence against women. So far, there has been a lack of political will to close this gap. All women in Europe deserve better protection against sexual harassment and attacks. Power must never be abused in this way. With this campaign, we are standing side by side with all women who have spoken out. The known cases have to be investigated! Please support us with your signature!

Terry Reintke
24,367 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, John Bailey

Remove Harvey Weinstein From The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

"Harvey Weinstein is a sexual predator who has used his clout, his power, and his wealth to abuse women for decades." - National Organisation For Women It has been widely reported over the last week that film producer Harvey Weinstein has allegedly been using his power and wealth to prey on and abuse women for decades. As someone in the film industry, I’m a filmmaker and have lectured in Film and Media studies, I know that Weinstein’s reputation was notorious. But nobody spoke up - because everyone was too afraid. The industry has a lot of questions to ask itself - and to take responsibility for a culture of sexual abuse that has become accepted as the norm. That’s why I’m campaigning to demand that Harvey Weinstein be removed and banished from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for life. This will take away Weinstein's ability to vote for Oscar nominees and to attend the annual Oscars ceremony and take away some of the power he has built up to make himself so invincible. It's time for organisations like The Academy to take a stand against Weinstein's behaviour and set an example for others to follow. UPDATE: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have officially voted to expel Harvey Weinstein from their membership. This is after a meeting was held earlier today at The Academy headquarters to decide on Weinstein's fate. The Academy had this to say in a statement released after the decision was made : "We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over." A digital copy of the petition had been delivered to The Academy before the meeting, with their CEO Dawn Hudson officially confirming it had been received during a short phone call. The Academy had perviously called Weinstein's behaviour "repugnant" and setup an emergency meeting for Saturday 14th October 2017 to discuss the situation. This came after BAFTA (the "British Oscars") had expelled Weinstein from the their membership and condemned his behaviour. Thank you all for supporting this petition, it's truly appreciated! NOTE TO MEDIA: If you would like to contact me, please e-mail:

Kellen Phillips
145,283 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Independent Police Complaints Commission, Police and Crime Commissioner West Mercia and Gloucestershire Police

Making Police Accountable for failing victims of sexual crime.

Below is an account of my journey for justice. I have encountered some appalling treatment and institutional failings which have at times seemed unbearable.  I want to instigate real learning and change and at the heart of achieving that I must make people accountable. Not just individuals officers but also the management above.  There has been a tide of change in victims finding their voice and feeling able to come forward. What meets them on the other side needs to reflect this change and their needs. Help me speak up and start a conversation which leads to people listening, learning and changing. I am a victim of a sexual crime and in an attempt to gain some justice and closure I reported it to my local police. What then ensued has been a almost three year journey I had not anticipated.  West Mercia Police took my initial statement but early on I identified a officer from Gloucestershire Police who I had asked for help and did nothing. So suddenly it became a conduct matter and my initial complaint became sidelined. The Chief Inspector who was at the time head of their Professional Standards Department within Gloucestershire Police was tasked with my case dismissive and unhelpful in his approach. A defining moment came when he made this comment...... He was trying to illustrate the levels of sanctions he could use. At the top failure to do your job in a public office. At the bottom a management meeting which effectively is a slap on the wrist and words of advice. He went on to give this example : It's a bit like police officers visiting prostitutes, we don't encourage it but they are entitled to a private life so we would just offer words of advice. I was devastated, this was from the person who had read my statement which contained horrific details, which now he was comparing to prostitutes. All my faith and trust in that moment was gone. I withdrew my complaint that day, writing to Suzette Davenport Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Police to make her aware of my reasons. The investigation continued and in the course of interview the officer who had protected the perpetrator lied. He acknowledge I had told him but lied about what happened next. It became clear he was protected. I was sure I could provide evidence to support he had lied so did just that. 2 other officers from the same force were prepared to give evidence in my favour but they refused to interview them. Still they dismissed my complaint protected him. Eventually they found in his favour. But things just didn't add up and I referred the matter to the IPCC initially it was upheld and an investigation ensued. When they contacted Gloucestershire PSD department initially the Chief Inspector was on leave and the investigation could not be found. His colleagues had no knowledge of it's existence. When he returned he filed paperwork retrospectively. Eventually the IPCC did not upheld the complaint. I was then told by them if he has lied and you can prove it get your own evidence, interview people yourself and comeback with everything. At this point I met a Chief Inspector from West Mercia Police who offered to help. He looked at all that had happened and challenged the other force. I asked for help from my local MP and she added to the growing concern. As it now appeared there was a conflict of interest it was passed to another force, Wiltshire Police. Within that investigation it was decided that what was needed was an Independent Inquiry headed by the IPCC. Also to go back and look at the initial complaint which had never been investigated and was overshadowed by the issues within Gloucestershire Police. So the two began.  Within the course of West Mercia's investigation other victims were identified and there was a reluctance to interview them for fear of re traumatising them. After discussion between myself and the Chief Inspector leading the team and I illustrated the benefits I saw it was agreed this would be done in sensitive, gentle manner using trained professionals in this field to ensure the safety and well being of the other victims. Sadly this did not happen. Someone from their team deemed it appropriate to phone as they lived a distance away and discuss their experiences over the phone. As the conversation went on they also identified me. Appalling for both them and me. Anonymity for life should protect victims of sexual offences. This officer said nothing, didn't report it either to their team or the team who had been tasked with my protection. I found out after they looked for me on Facebook and their family member made contact. I was devastated not only had I been identified but that was also being shared. No-one has been made accountable. I have been through their complaints procedure and West Mercia maintain it is okay to identify myself as victim, they just can't publish it. They did however upheld they should have told their protection team. I find this confusing, if you did nothing wrong why tell them?  The lead Chief Inspector had no knowledge until I contacted him and then took days to investigate. Then a reply yes that had happened but the excuse was his officer had felt backed into a corner on the telephone so identified me. The fallout was immense and both myself and family were put in danger whilst under their protection. Not surprisingly both victims did not want to give further evidence. Their initial statements were to be used. The IPCC investigation is ongoing it has lead to a ACC on misconduct charges ( allowed to retire in process ) Chief Inspector on Gross Misconduct charges ( suspended the allowed to retire ) and Chief Inspector on Gross misconduct still in post and promoted to Superintendent in process. Because of the nature of the initial complaint their identity and the existence of the investigation have been hid throughout. West Mercia were given this investigation by the IPCC in an attempt to restore my faith in the police and ensure the initial complaint was investigated. After my being identified the case was promptly closed. West Mercia you failed me. You failed to protect me at a time when you were on notice for all the failings within Gloucestershire. You failed the other victims too. It was highly inappropriate to contact them in that way. You should have done that face to face using your specifically trained officers to gain their trust and offer support. The Sexual Abuse Inquiry is looking at how organisations have failed victims. In the media it is being portrayed as problems in the deep recesses of our nations past. As a victim who has been going through this process in the last almost three years I can tell you they still exist. One of the officers at the very heart of Gloucestershire Police failings was a head Mason, did this effect the handling? Only time will tell when the IPCC reach their conclusion. Change will only come with people speaking up. Making people accountable. Challenging their actions. So please help me start.....      

Heidi Clutterbuck
329 supporters