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sexual assault survivors

20 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to SONY, Sony Music, The Orchard

Tell the Music Industry #WeKnow and it's not OK.

All we are asking is that you take a moment to read this and evaluate facts. The history of the accused and the accusers. If you would like to help us have a voice, it starts here. If you would like to help us remove abusive misogynists and sexual predators from the music industry, it starts here. Let promoters, venues, managers, and fans know that #WeKnow and it's NOT OK. Ways you can help: Visit We Know blog to find your local venue, copy and paste our e-mail message to them. Feel free to add your own words, explanations, and feelings about this. Tag or @ your local venue via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to voice your concerns on this issue and why they should no longer book harmful musicians and bands. Post to your own Instagram a photo of your local venue or thoughts on the issue. # the venue to spread the word. Visit We Know Blog to contact The Orchard and Sony Music. Share this!!               Over the past few months, you have heard our stories (past few years actually if you’ve been paying close attention). We have come forward with our experiences of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse from Jonny Craig. This is not something we have just recently started talking about. This is something we have all been talking about while still presently in a relationship with him – as far back as 2012. We (for the most part) cannot list specifically a finite number of times the abuse occurred. It was ongoing throughout the entirety of our “relationship”s. Something we had to endure to keep him from intentionally “overdosing” or “quitting music” (as his threats would often go).             When these relationships end, he easily manipulates everyone around him, including any new target that we are all “just crazy”. Jealous and bitter we could no longer be together. Through the passing of time and his own actions, the body count of “crazy girls” is mounting. “Crazy girls” via his word choice, when in reality we are simply abuse survivors seeking answers and closure for our trauma.             We could go on for pages and detail the accounts of abuse. We have done so on our own social media accounts, for years now. Additionally, Jonny has painted an accurate representation of himself through his own countless social media posts of a misogynistic nature. These can be seen directly in the #WeKnow Instagram              Those that know our story more than likely know his. He has done nothing but remain silent on any and all allegations until recently. He has ignored them like the coward he is, hoping they would just go away and he could continue in life with his predatory ways. Unfortunately, that’s not how the world works. The label that has been by his side upwards of a decade (Artery, recently acquired by Warner) chose to drop Slaves. SiriusXM Octane Channel publicly denounced him and permanently removed any Slaves music from its rotation. His band contains 0 of the original members. They cannot tolerate the adult babysitting and consequences required that comes along with the abusive train wreck that is Jonny Craig. He is now signed with The Orchard (Sony), who must somehow be living under a rock to remain unaware of his egregious transgressions. He was given a second chance by Warped Tour in 2015 – just to be kicked off for his sexual misconduct toward their merch girl. Their attempted defense to these claims was to have a previous merch girl write a long “heartfelt” letter about how she never felt harmed by him..one that has stake in her career and wouldn’t dare take a mis-step to fall back down the misogynist ladder. Not to mention anyone that has worked with him in the past has signed a non-disclosure agreement (gee, I wonder why). Anyone with a job in the industry…and hoping to keep a job in the industry…has made some muddy moral decisions to do so. Upon being called out in the “town meeting”, he regurgitated up some sob story about how he was just recently broken up with and will “surely relapse” if kicked off tour. His jury of peers saw through the veil of lies and chose to vote and kick him out. It is time the industry follows suit.             Vying for complete and utter unwarranted pity is his go-to move. This is the angle he works when he knows he’s just about used up his current target. He can write vague tweets about how he had ex girlfriends that “stayed anyway even though he was on drugs” while clearly failing to leave out how he falls to the ground and threatens to commit suicide any time his abuse target tries to leave. This is only after his physical, mental, and sexual harm no longer fazes them. This is when he realizes they have started to realize they deserve better, a way out. This is the angle he uses on everyone, his dying number of fans included.              His main talking point is STILL that we are all just “crazy bitter exes” that somehow want to be with him and since he “doesn’t want us” anymore…we all just “want to ruin his career” or “want to be relevant online” etc etc etc. He will often point to how all his past mistakes simply occurred because he was high. This in no way alleviates the culpability for his actions while under the influence. Are we to view drunk drivers as blame free because they wouldn’t ever soberly hit and kill someone?     He often promises there’s some “new” him surfacing and just needs to be “finally given a chance.” He has been given chances. Countless chances. And proved time and time again what sort of monster lies underneath his exterior.      He is nobody without the attention, adoration, or financial support from someone else. When left to his own devices he must look himself in the mirror and see who he is. An empty, unlovable soul that relies on his dwindling musician power to break women. With no real world skills or education, he relies on his “career” as a musician to open these doors for him. He wields a power dynamic of “being known” to weasel his way into advantageous situations with UNDERAGED women, women he randomly targets online, or women he has arranged to meet at his show. He may never take full responsibility for the trail of victims that have come forward, but he will stop when he is forced to. When his victims of opportunity are taken away from him. And we need you to help us make that happen.     We have no desired relevance to gain. We have no jealousy card to play.   Only a monster to slay.       And that monster is him.   It is time to let the industry know: WE KNOW. And it’s not OK.  

We Know
1,035 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Brad Schimel, Gordon Hintz, Ron Tusler, Amanda Stuck, Scott Walker, Van Wanggaard, Glenn Grothman

PREVENT DOMESTIC HOMICIDE: Create law that removes bond option for felony DV/SA charges

On January 9th 2018, in Appleton, Wisconsin, Sarah Schmidt, a mother of 3, was murdered by her husband following her filing for divorce. During an assault on New Years eve, he“held the gun to her head, tied her up with a cord and duct tape (to which he admits to not leaving here there for "more than a couple of hours"), cut off her clothes" and assaulted her. According to his own testimony he recently purchased the firearm on December, 31st, and put a tracking device on her car. He further explains in his testimony, that "he snapped" and the use of the gun was, "spur of the moment." He admitted to his crimes and yet he was released back into the community. 5 days after being released on a $10,000 bond he murdered his wife and killed himself, leaving their 3 kids without either parent.  She was brave enough to come forward and report her abuse and then file for divorce. She was brave enough to stand up for herself and do what she felt was best for her children, yet our judicial system let her down. She did what we "expect" domestic abuse victims to do, and yet she was murdered because our systems did not protect her. They let a man charged with 2 violent felonies back out into her community, into her neighborhood and it resulted in her murder.  We cannot stand by and let such lax laws exist any further. Approximately 75% of women who are killed by their batterers are murdered when they attempt to leave or after they have left an abusive relationship. Bond should not be an option when charged with 2 violent crimes, and in this case, one including a deadly weapon. We must do better for victims/survivors. We demand change of the laws to keep abusers with charges of a violent nature behind bars until they have their day in court. Not only does the protect the community, it more importantly protects the brave survivors who come forward to report their abuse. Enough is enough, let's demand a change. This petition will be sent to Wisconsin's Attorney General, Brad Schimel and several WI representatives, demanding that bond options are removed for felony domestic violence and sexual assault cases. 

Katie Huskey
20,947 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to The Pingry School Board

Fair treatment for survivors of Pingry School child sexual abuse

Alumni and allies demand fair treatment and just restitution for victims of child sexual abuse. An independent investigation found “a pervasive problem of child sexual abuse" at the Pingry School throughout the 1970s. At least 27 students were abused by former teacher and assistant Lower School principal Thad Alton between 1972 and 1978. Bruce Bohrer, who taught woodshop between 1974 and 1991, reportedly sexually abused at least four students between 1978 and 1979. Antoine du Bourg, who at one point had a room and an annual concert at the school named after him, harassed and abused multiple students over the course of his 46 years at Pingry. The school has acknowledged these cases and made available online the findings of this investigation. However, as detailed in a December 4, 2017 New York Times piece by Elizabeth A. Harris, The Pingry School seems to be avoiding responsibility for the abuse of these former students. Focusing on specific aspects of New Jersey’s statutes of limitation, the school and its insurance company are, in the words of one of the lawyers representing the survivors, “not going to offer much of anything on some cases, and Pingry was not going to make up the difference.” By all appearances, the Pingry School is playing hardball with victims of child rape and sexual assault. We the undersigned are appalled by this. We are sad for the victims. We are stunned and angry that a school with the means to offer fair and equal settlements balks at doing so. We are alumni, parents, and teachers who, while thankful for our time at Pingry, are nevertheless disappointed and upset by the moral hypocrisy of the school. Pingry says it values “Excellence and Honor,” and the Honor Code is central to the daily life of the students. Pingry must live up to its motto; if indeed “greatest respect is due students,” then we demand that the school dedicate itself to ensuring that incidents like these can never be repeated. The Pingry School must acknowledge the ongoing nature of the profound suffering that began under its watch and within its walls. We demand fair treatment for this group of survivors.

Eric Encarnacion
3,011 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Mark Rozzi, Judith schwank, Mike Fitzpatrick, Pat Toomey, Page Rothstein

The pa supreme court's recent decision has sided with the predator no registry requirement

Muniz case that our Pa supreme court has called unconstitutional to the predators has allowed my daughter's predator to get only probation and no REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS...none. This decision voted on by majority of affluent white men,is set to limit restrictions on current registry predators and limit the amount of years a predator has to register.  The ruling also states that if the sexual abuse occurred before the new Megan's law requiring stricter rules, that retroactive criminal charges can not be applied to the new Megan's law tougher requirements that was enacted in 2012. That it's unconstitutional to retro back any sexual abuse crimes and apply the new Megan's law tougher requirements to that conviction. So in other words, say your daughter was sexually assaulted by her bus driver at 7 and 8 years old and the crime occurred in 2008, but child was scared and ashamed to say anything, than in 2015 when she is old enough to realize what he did to her was wrong, she reports the abuse and realizes there was another girl the bus driver molested years before. That the mother reported that crime, but because it was before the new Megan's law  requirements to report any abuse of a child, that the school district and bus company swept it all under the rug and made the conscious decision to allow him to drive bus and have unrestricted access to little children including my baby girl Amanda. Now let this sink in, please. This predator who molested 2 elementary school girls not only gets only 2 years probation, but because of the new Muniz decision has been released from any further requirements and will be free and clear to have unrestricted access to little children. We need to hold these predators accountable for their crimes and protect our innocent children from further fear and harm. There's no statues of limitations for murder or any other violent crime, why not the same across the board and get rid of this Muniz decision? My fears should be your fears if this decision is allowed to stand. Ty. And this is my daughter's voice as well as mine. For this story is not fiction, we are living this nightmare now. I need your signature and voice to stop this.  This decision needs to be overturned.  This will only cause more fear and axiety to the victims.  It will also hurt the victims who have not come forward yet. What message is this decision sending to them.  This decision can not be justified.  Please help me to get this ruling overturned here. 

Cheryl stalnecker
964 supporters