Petition to His Excellency Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
The Anti-Harassment Law should not be ratified. It should be amended.
Dear friends and colleagues in Afghanistan, *The Dari version of this Petition is uploaded below. 1. We, Medica Afghanistan, write on behalf of the Afghanistan Women's Network (AWN). As you are aware, the Anti-Sexual Harassment Law was passed by the Wolesi Jirga on 9 November 2016. 2. We thank the Parliament and everyone who participated in the drafting of the law, for passing such an important law. We believe that this is the first step forward to eliminating sexual harassment in Afghanistan. However, we strongly feel that the Law could be improved to ensure that complaints by victims are handled and processed properly. 3. We had submitted an urgent petition to the Presidential Palace requesting His Excellency not to ratify the law, on the basis that the law was incomplete, replete with errors and largely unenforceable. 4. The objective of a sexual harassment law is to criminalize all forms of sexual harassment against women and children and enact legal duties on State and non-state actors to prevent sexual harassment and provide redress. Women and children in Afghanistan are sexually harassed daily, causing them to fear their surroundings, suffer mental trauma, resign from their jobs and drop out of school and social activity. To combat sexual harassment, we had submitted in the Petition that it is important that: (1) Material terms in the law be precisely defined to aid the interpretation of the law; (2) The Committees reviewing complaints of sexual harassment, be vested with executive and adjudicatory powers to carry out its duties; (3) The law must set out a procedure for reviewing and adjudicating complaints; (4) All women and children must have equal access to the Committees and have their complaints reviewed; and (5) The law must hold all institutions, public and private, formal and informal accountable to survivors. 5. The law must be complete and comprehensive. Each article must be rooted in the law's objectives and complete the survivors’ path to justice through a well-defined procedure. 6. In addition to the above issues which we had outlined in the Petition, there are several other issues in the law. To name a few, (1) the punishment for sexual harassment must be proportional to the gravity of the crime [punishment for sexual harassment is fixed in the range between 5000 - 10,000 AFN] (2) victims must be protected after an act or crime has been committed (3) procedures must be put in place to protect children victims in educational districts (4) the composition and qualification of Committee members needs further definition. 7. We invite civil society to sign onto this Petition. We also hope to join all of you in discussions to amend the law and ensure that we collectively pass a law which will truly help survivors of sexual harassment on the ground. 8. Ms. Yalda Ahmadi, who is one of MA's lawyers and advocacy lead, has reviewed the laws of several countries and law commission reports with our international legal advisor. If you have any questions about the Petition or the Anti-Sexual Harassment law, do not hesitate to write to Ms. Yalda Ahmadi, at email@example.com.
Petition to President of the United States, U.S. Senate, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs
Remove Andrew Chabrol from Arlington National Cemetery.
BM2 Melissa Harrington was sexually harassed by LT Andrew Chabrol, her division officer. On July 9th, 1991 he abducted her outside her home and took her to his house. With an accomplice, he bound,v raped, tortured and murdered her in a sapre bedroom. No one believed Melissa or her co worker when they went to them for assistance. When she didn't show up for work, they doubted Chabrol had her. After the police received a warrant and caught Chabrol he was convicted and sentenced to death. Upon his execution, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Each year, on Memorial Day, a flag is placed on his grave. A continuous injustice to BM2 Harrington. For the thousands of women that have been sexually assaulted or sexually harassed in the military and their families that have dealt with the ramifications of military sexual trauma, the removal of Andrew Chabrol, a dishonorable member of the military who kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered a BM2 Melissa Harrington, former shipmate and active duty Sailor, would serve as an example to all woman that violence against women in the military will not be tolerated. It would be a small but important, gesture to all women dealing with MST that regardless of previous inaction, the military is prepared to begin necessary actions to correct years of marginalization, harrassment, abuse and violence women experienced at the hands of their shipmates and the lack of justice from their chain of commands. I, and many of my friends, are survivors of MST and live every day knowing the military could have done more to believe us and protect us. Melissa's death was preventable. Remove Andrew Chabrol from the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.
Petition to Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders
Deny Betsy DeVos' New Rules for Sexual Assault
Betsy DeVos proposed a plan to narrow the definition of Sexual assault on college campus' and make it harder for victims to find justice in such a gruesome situation. She wants to take liability away from the college campus. In a world where only 2% of rapists are actually convicted and only 12% of student victims actually report their assaults due to fear of retaliation as well as fear of judgement from the criminal law system, we do not need things in place to make it harder on these survivors. Think of your children, your siblings, your best friends. One in five women and one in 16 men are assaulted on their college campus, a place that is supposed to be safe and feel like home. Every day 1,152 women are raped. That's 48 women per hour. This is not a situation that will affect few people. Assault should be taken seriously and we should not punish the victims. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you're not alone. Please don't be afraid to speak up. You can make a difference. Being surrounded by those who have gone through similar experiences is so helpful. If you need to speak to somebody immediately: National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-4673 https://www.rainn.org/articles/sexual-assault
Petition to Professional Audio and Touring - Live Event Community
An Open Letter to the Professional Audio, Touring and Live Event Industry
We, the women and gender non-conforming people of the professional audio, touring and live events industry, would like to address the pervasive problem of sexism and sexual harassment in our vocation. Our industry must start to address these widespread issues and create a blueprint for change. It is time to listen to our voices. Long before recent scandals, women and other marginalized groups in our industry have been discussing the issues of sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. From sexist jokes, inappropriate touching, and threats of being blacklisted to actual criminal assault, we are extremely aware of the pervasiveness of the problems. There is an extensive list of men in power using and abusing it against women, which are only current symptoms of a long history of systemic sexism and misogyny. 30 other high-profile men accused of sexual misconduct, related behavior Our industry has always been male-dominated. it is currently believed that women make up only 5% of sound engineers. This low percentage does not reflect the women working in audio and the touring and live events industry that are not considered sound engineers. Our industry claims to embrace diversity, yet in the trenches, women and other marginalized groups still must navigate a minefield each day at work from what women are told are harmless: Sexist jokes Being told to smile Cat-calling to hostile and aggressive workplaces, where they experience: Touching and grabbing Continually being asked out on dates Being threatened or cornered Sexual assault We are often told "If you can't take it, then you should not work in the industry," "You must have a thick skin," "Learn to fit in with the boys," and famously "It's just locker room talk." It is unlawful to harass any person (an applicant or employee) because of that person's sex. Harassment can include "sexual harassment or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Sexual Harassment And while we acknowledge this problem also affects men, the majority of harassment is directed at women. Harassment rates are also higher for women of color, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized groups. Know Your IX It is long past the time for the abuse to stop. The signatories of this letter demand that the industry take sexual harassment seriously. We ask that: Every workplace in the professional audio and touring communities put in place clear and enforceable sexual harassment policies and standards. Every workplace in the professional audio and touring communities institute a safe way to report harassment. The leadership in each workspace enforces these policies. Our male co-workers must speak up and stand up for us. When co-workers make sexist remarks, or when they see sexual harassment happening, we expect them to say something. Everyone stops making excuses for bad behavior for co-workers, and tell them what they are doing is wrong. It is time to seriously listen to our voices and take immediate steps to truly make our industry diverse and a safe place to work. (inspired by the women of animation and thousands upon thousands of women standing up worldwide) Signed,
Petition to RADM Mark Buzby, Elaine Chao
MARAD: Eliminate Shipboard Assault, Harassment, and Bullying in the U.S. Maritime Industry
The Maritime Administration should have as one of its most pressing priorities an effort to make the U.S. Merchant Marine a space where there is zero tolerance for Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Harassment, Hazing, or other prohibited behaviors. More to Follow....
Petition to Strafford County Court, Judge Steven Houran, Strafford County Attorney General
Justice for Faith
LETS GET JUSTICE FOR FAITH! https://www.unionleader.com/news/crime/jury-deadlocks-in-transgender-groping-case/article_c7791a7c-8969-5cda-878d-fba8cb989b0d.html DOVER -- After two full days of deliberations, a jury deadlocked in the state’s case against a Somersworth man charged with groping a transgender individual who is transitioning into a female. William Pandolfi appeared in court Monday afternoon while jurors worked to reach a verdict in the state's case against him. They eventually deadlocked. By KIMBERLEY HAAS Union Leader Correspondent William Pandolfi, who is a registered sex offender, is accused of assaulting the individual on July 31, 2018, at the former PhugginBurger on Main Street in Somersworth. The restaurant was closed to the public at the time, but prosecutors say a shirtless Pandolfi entered the establishment and told the alleged victim he wanted to have sex with the woman who rode a motorcycle parked outside. The alleged victim took the witness stand at the beginning of the trial last week and spoke of Pandolfi. “He was like, ‘How could you do this to me? I loved you. How could you be a guy?’” the alleged victim said May 13. County Attorney Thomas Velardi said the trial lasted a full four days, with Pandolfi testifying on his own behalf Thursday. On Monday afternoon, Judge Steven Houran announced the jury had reached a verdict on one of the charges against Pandolfi but was split on the rest. Jurors were instructed to deliberate further. By the end of the day, the jury members came back with the announcement that they were deadlocked on all but one of the charges against Pandolfi, who was facing two counts of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, burglary, kidnapping and obstructing the report of a crime. Wade Harwood, Pandolfi’s defense attorney, said jurors found his client not guilty on the charge of obstructing the report of a crime, but that the jury had deadlocked on all the others at the end of the day. “We believe the jury got the verdict right on the one charge they were able to reach a decision on,” Harwood said after the decision was announced. Pandolfi has been convicted of sexual assault and animal cruelty in the past. It is not clear if the county attorney’s office will retry this case again at a later date.
Petition to McDonald's, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook
Demand McDonald's address sexual harassment complaints
Are you affected by this issue? We are looking for a passionate signer to take ownership of this petition. Click here to learn more. 40% of female fast food workers have experienced sexual harassment while working. In May, women working at McDonald’s locations in nine different cities all filed complaints against McDonald’s for what they described as a culture of rampant sexual harassment. Since then, the complaints have continued to stream in. The complaints allege that McDonald’s has ignored their complaints about sexual harassment, including reports of “groping, propositions for sex, and lewd comments.” One employee said her experience working at McDonald’s as a woman has been a nightmare. A Chicago worker was fired after she reported her manager made sexually inappropriate comments towards her. Not enough has been done in response to these complaints. The women have gone on strike to demand more be done to address a culture of misogyny and silence. According to a 2016 survey, almost half of female fast-food employees have experienced unwanted sexual advances or comments on the job, and over a quarter have experienced multiple forms of sexual harassment. If McDonald’s took the lead on this issue, other major corporations would be much more likely to follow suit. Female fast-food workers should not have to put up with unwanted sexual behavior in their workplaces. If you agree, send a message to McDonald’s that inappropriate and unwanted sexual behavior is not acceptable and must be addressed now.
Petition to Ray Jayawardhana, Professor Richie Patterson, Professor Lawrence Gibbons, Professor Jeevak Parpia
Help Dr. Vengalattore Get His Physics Laboratory Back
Imagine spending 7 years doing your best work, publishing half a dozen findings in high-profile journals, training graduate and undergraduate students to leave a profound impact on their lives and careers, while building an impressive laboratory over 6-7 years with a few million of dollars of federal funding, for it to all be taken away when a student falsely accuses you of rape, because she doesn't want to you receive tenure and holds a grudge against you, and you're told that the "Twitter world would explode" if action was taken against a blonde female student for lying. This is the story of Professor Mukund Vengalattore, who was denied tenure and locked out of his own laboratory after his former student, Dr. Lauren Aycock set out to ruin his career in order to advance her own with a series of lies. Her accusations each had multiple versions, and the administration at Cornell University quickly realized she wasn't telling the truth. However, her final accusation, that the two maintained a 'secret romantic relationship,' couldn't be proven or disproven, despite years of text messages and emails showing no evidence of a relationship. The former dean, a radical feminist by the name of Gretchen Ritter, decided to #BelieveHer, and denied Dr. Vengalattore tenure as a result, despite his excellent performance over six years. After winning a lawsuit, court orders demanded that Dr. Vengalattore receive a new tenure review. The administration conducted a sham tenure review instead, defying court order. Dr. Vengalattore filed another lawsuit, and won again, on counts of violations of title ix, vi, and vii. Not only was male discrimination established, but race-based discrimination was also shown, as Dr. Lauren Aycock had made racist remarks in the laboratory, after being questioned about her lack of results in the lab. She exclaimed: "You are all Indians. Of course you stick together." University policies at Cornell, or the lack of interest in reprimanding a white blonde feminist in STEM, allowed her to get away with this and numerous other ill-intentioned comments and actions. This has to stop. Currently, Dr. Vengalattore is waiting on yet another lawsuit to go underway. Cornell has numerous title ix violations and is delaying the process. Some of the administrators involved in denying Dr. Vengalattore tenure may be facing jail time over their actions, which include denying him due process and conducting a secret investigation behind his back, as well as suspecting him of being interested in "Western women" because of his race. Meanwhile, Dr. Lauren Aycock enjoyed the privilege of quitting Dr. Vengalattore's laboratory in 2012, and then demanding that she be listed as first author on a publication two years later that involved her original experiment while continuing her studies outside of Cornell. During this time, she was listed as an "in-absentia graduate student at Cornell University" at the Joint Quantum Institutes website. Other students weren't permitted to be listed in this fashion. When Dr. Vengalattore listed her as "Lauren Aycock" in the publication, which becomes abbreviated as "L. Aycock," she claimed in 2014, the year of the tenure review, that this was sexual harassment. Although the issue was see to be trivial, Alan Mittman, the Director of the Office of Workforce Policy and Labor Relations told Dr. Vengalattore that this could be "sexually suggestive" and that it would have been "inappropriate" for him to have intentionally listed her name as "Lauren Aycock" instead of "Lauren M. Aycock." The culture of #MeToo affords women the privilege of claiming harassment when there is none, and women are never suspected for being ill-intentioned. Dr. Lauren Aycock was able to graduate from Cornell, while writing 50% of her physics thesis on sexual harassment, based on a survey study where sexual harassment included misogynistic jokes, such as that women are not as apt at math and physics compared to men. That survey was recently published and it is being reported that 3 in 4 women experience sexual harassment based on these results, which is false. The problem here is two-fold. When women fail to excel in their careers, they now have the option of using #MeToo to advance it, while ruining another man's career. There is no mercy, and no compassion, and most certainly, no equality. Please sign this petition to help Dr. Vengalattore get his laboratory back and raise awareness on cases of false accusations of sexual misconduct, rape, and 'secret romantic relationships.' Without your help, innocent men will continue to get accused. This has to stop. NOW. The Cornell faculty this petition goes to include the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as three professors who succumbed to #BelieveHer and worked with Dr. Lauren Aycock to unethically make false claims and damage Dr. Vengalattore's reputation. This includes prospectively emailing ten other universities to prevent Dr. Vengalattore from obtaining further employment. Links to further reading: Harassment at Cornell Physics Website: This website lists court documents from the various lawsuits Dr. Vengalattore filed against Cornell's biased administration. Student Denied PhD For Creating Website: Yogesh Patil, a student of Dr. Vengalattore's, had his PhD withheld for 7 months because he allegedly created the above website. Lauren Aycock's Study is Receiving Press: Feminist scientists who #BelieveWomen really like Dr. Lauren Aycock's study, but refuse to find fault in its methodology, or question if it is suited for a Physics PhD project at an Ivy League institution. #MeToo is a Moral Panic: #MeToo is comparable to the Salem Witch Hunt trials. For more details and a timeline of the events, please continue reading below It all started in 2008, when Dr. Vengalattore, an MIT-trained atomic physicist was hired by Cornell to become an assistant professor of physics on a tenure-track. His contract was three years, and he was tasked with training graduate students and continuing with his research. His first graduate student joined him in the Spring of 2009. Her name was Dr. Lauren Aycock, and after her first year, she said she "made the best decision" by choosing Dr. Vengalattore as her mentor in her first year. She was tasked with constructing an experiment, but in the Fall of 2009, she was struggling, which she relayed to her professor. Early next year, she considered leaving the project, so Dr. Vengalattore brought on another student, Srivatsan Chakram Sundar, as a graduate teaching assistant. The experiment moved faster, and Lauren grew jealous. This process repeated once more with a second experiment, where Chakram's addition to the project helped it move forward. This time around, Lauren decided to quit. In November of 2012, Lauren formally withdrew from Dr. Vengalattore's project and continued her studies in Maryland. Unbeknownst to Dr. Vengalattore, she emailed a different physics professor, Lawrence Gibbons, that Dr. Vengalattore had attacked her in the lab by throwing a power supply at her. This accusation did not hold true, as the power supplies weigh over 100lbs and cannot be thrown at someone easily. Lauren seemed frustrated, and Dr. Vengalattore promised to name her as the first author in a coming publication on the experiment she contributed to originally. In 2014, Dr. Vengalattore's second contract as an assistant professor was set to expire, and he was due for a tenure review, which would have granted him tenure if the outcome was positive. Lauren held a grudge towards her professor for a variety of unknown reasons, and confided with a different student, who is now a professor, that she would do what it takes to deny him tenure. At this point, Dr. Vengalattore had been awarded $4 million of funding for his research and published six academic papers, while building three lab experiments, two of which had produced results. He was headed to become a tenured professor of physics at Cornell University. Knowing this, Lauren approached two professors on the tenure review committee, Lawrence Gibbons and Richie Patterson, who are married to each other, to discuss a "situation." Here, she repeated her claim that Dr. Vengalattore had previously thrown a power supply at her. "Prof. Vengalattore became so impatient with my position that he picked up the power supply in dispute—a metal box weighing five pounds—and threw it at me" she alleged in a letter to the tenure review committee. This was a conflict of interest and thus, should not have ever been considered by the committee. Nevertheless, her letter was taken into consideration, but it was decided that the tenure review should move forward regardless of the accusation, true or not. Dr. Vengalattore revealed that Lauren had submitted this accusation to a different professor, professor Keith Schwab, but claimed that a piece of equipment had "slid in her general direction" once during a discussion where there was a disagreement. After numerous letters of support and statements of denial from Dr. Vengalattore, he was set to receive tenure, until Lauren Aycock went a step further. In 2014, it was time to publish the paper about the experiment Lauren originally worked on. Dr. Vengalattore initially agreed to include her as first author, back in 2012, but since then, the experiment changed and it was not ethical to list her as first author. Lauren was upset, and asked to be removed from the paper, but after some persuasion agreed to be included. She was listed as "L. Aycock," with her middle initial, "M.," not included. Lauren's first claim of sexual misconduct began here. She alleged that because he left out her middle initial, her name was sexually suggestive. Dr. Vengalattore thought the issue was trivial, as she had listed her name in this fashion on research posters and other publications and assignments previously, but promptly changed the spelling. Her previous two accusations failed to convince the tenure review committee that Dr. Vengalattore should not receive tenure, so she came up with two new stories: she was raped by him, and they had a secret consensual romantic relationship. Dr. Vengalattore was informed of the allegation of the relationship, and in a metting with title ix investigators, he was questioned about rape. How does this story hold up when he is accused of both a consensual relationsihp and rape? That's what Dr. Vengalattore wondered. Lauren claimed that one day, Dr. Vengallatore wasn't in the laboratory all day, so she visited his house, unannounced, and they had sex, which she claimed was rape. Laboratory logs indicated that this story was impossible, as Dr. Vengallatore was in the lab each day during the time specified. Her story continued to be fabricated, until she and other professors whom she communicated with while attempting to thwart his tenure, settled on the notion that the two were involved in a 'secret romantic relationship.' Years of emails and text messages were scoured and absolutely nothing was found. With no evidence, it was decided that Dr. Vengalattore was lying and he violated the Cornell Romance Policy, and therefore should not receive tenure. Amazed, Dr. Vengallatore sued, and was granted a new tenure review. The dean created a sham tenure review and soon after terminated him from his position in June of 2018. Dr. Vengalattore is currently fighting to save his laboratory and find a new position elsewhere. Cornell University administrators emailed ten other universities to prevent him from finding work elsewhere, treating him as a kind of sex offender, while having denied him due process. His laboratory, which involves millions of dollars of federally funded equipment, is not being maintained, and he is concerned the equipment will be completely ruined. Meanwhile, Dr. Lauren Aycock has enjoyed two back-to-back fellowships. Her motivations for lying about rape, sexual misconduct and a secret romantic relationship are unclear, but what is evident, is that #MeToo has the power to destroy the careers of innocent men, and this needs to stop.