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Petition to Darlington School Board of Trustees

Stop Darlington School from Silencing Its Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

UPDATE! Thank you to everyone for your support! Signing this petition, sharing the petition, donating any amount of cash to help us keep this petition circulating and reaching others 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: Find more details from the AJC here: 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 Spencer Frye D - Athens, 404.656.0265 Mary Margaret Oliver D - Decatur, 404.377.0485 Paulette Rakestraw, R - Powder Springs, 404.656.0177 Buzz Brockway, R - Lawrenceville, 404.656.0188 Stacey Evans, D - Smyrna, 404.656.0116 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. 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. 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. Roger Stifflemire was able to move to an Alabama high school with presumably no trace of his criminal behavior at Darlington. 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. 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.

Julie Chastain Greene
1,710 supporters
Update posted 3 hours ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Secretary David Shulkin

Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.

An investigation by the White Coat Waste Project revealed that more than 1,100 beagles, hounds and mixed-breed dogs—even puppies—are subjected to secretive, wasteful and cruel experiments inside government laboratories each year. As a physician, researcher and dog-lover –and someone who once reluctantly experimented on dogs—I know there’s no way to defend the government’s use of dogs for invasive and unnecessary experiments.  It’s also a betrayal of a 10,000 year old bond between dogs and humans built upon mutual affection and loyalty. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets have been documenting how the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, and other agencies spend taxpayers’ money to abuse dogs: Death by Sand Flies: Infected sand flies are strapped to beagles’ bare skin, causing painful ulcers. Forced Vomiting: Dogs are cut open, their nerves severed, and electrodes are implanted on their intestines. They're then forced to vomit repeatedly. Forced Heart Attacks: "Snares" are tightened around dogs’ coronary arteries to induce heart attacks before they're killed and dissected. American taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for these studies with virtually no access to information about what’s being done or why and how much it costs. Is this how you want your money spent? Please sign our petition to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs! Most agencies including the VA, DOD, FDA and CDC do not reveal details of how our taxpayer dollars are being used for experiments on dogs, but on one of the few projects for which spending data is available, NIH experimenters have used nearly $6 million of taxpayers' money since 2011 to give dogs heart attacks. Bipartisan Members of Congress also recognize the ethical, scientific and economic problems with these controversial experiments on dogs. They’re now working to help spare dogs from abuse and cut wasteful government spending. Please join us and encourage Members of Congress and the administration to end this wasteful government spending on flawed research.

Dr. Larry Hansen and the White Coat Waste Project
186,874 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Asheville City Council

Petition for Police Accountability Through Data Transparency

As members of the Asheville community, we are horrified by what happened last August when APD Officer Chris Hickman viciously assaulted Johnnie Jermaine Rush. We are convinced that this is not an isolated incident involving a single “bad apple,” but part of a pattern. We believe that changing that pattern requires changing the structures and culture that support it. The community must be empowered to hold the City of Asheville and the Asheville Police Department accountable and to work as partners with the City in identifying and implementing solutions. This means that the community must have access to reliable and up-to-date information about APD actions and policies. We support the request by Code for Asheville that the Asheville City Council require the regular release of critical data and policies related to public safety and the police department and that Asheville join with other cities that are already using data to bring about positive systemic change. Specifically, we support Code for Asheville’s request that the City Council: Require that regularly updated data on the following topics be added to the City of Asheville Open Data Portal, with proper consideration for privacy concerns: Use-of-force incidents by our police department, Emergency (911) call data, Crime report data, Arrest and citation data, Citizen complaints, Traffic stop reports, Demographic information on APD officers.   Mandate that up-to-date versions of these policies and reports be posted to the City website: APD Policy Manual, Blank copies of internal report forms, Internal audit reports on body-worn cameras, Recordings of public committee meetings related to public safety or otherwise of significant community interest. Take the following additional actions: Move quickly to accept the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Committee, Adopt the policy recommendations related to racial disparities in traffic stops presented by Ian Mance of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in April 2017, Adopt a comprehensive anti-retaliation policy to protect employees who report wrongdoing in our government, Direct staff to have the City join the Police Data Initiative, a group dedicated to improving public safety by working with communities to build trust and accountability in law enforcement   Code for Asheville’s full request may be found here  These actions are in line with best practices of city governments around the country and with Asheville’s Open Data Policy. We ask that the City Council accept Code for Asheville’s recommendations and direct staff to begin implementing them without delay. We have waited long enough. It is time to begin the hard work to create a more equitable and just community and to rebuild trust between the community and those tasked with protecting it.  If you'd like to gather signatures in person, here's a paper version of this petition!  Learn more about this effort by Code for Asheville, sign up for our newsletter, and view supporting organizations on our website

Code for Asheville
461 supporters