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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 epidemic.

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.

Sarah Marie West
2,981 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Florida Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Tom Goodson, Dorothy Hukill, Rick Scott


TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS FOR ABUSERS!!!!! 09/29/17 ATT: Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate     What is the point in a trespass or an injunction? Calling the cops or having an open case with DCF because you spoke up about abuse? So many woman are feeling this very exact thing right now. As we speak, I’m being served with papers that will change my 3 year old’s life, & unfortunately, if it goes the wrong way, it could end his life in the same instant! There are moms out there who are being arrested for allowing their significant other to abuse their children. However as we speak, there are other mom’s speaking up about the abuse to their children & themselves, & the court system is awarding the abuser some kind of custody. So throwing the abused children back in harm’s way is the answer??? Even if the courts say supervised visits---- Do you really think the abuser is going to mess up & abuse the child when he knows he’s being watched??? Please explain to me how this is better for the child? All you’re doing is creating a false sense of safety for them until the abuser is alone with that child again. Now they harmed this innocent child so bad, they might not have a future, or worse, they are dead! What is that?? A whoops?? Is that all they are?? What happened to “children are the future”??? Why are good parents, looking out for their children, being ignored in the court system??? I knew from the moment my abuser got me pregnant, that I was trapped & forever his prisoner. It was hard to feel joy during my pregnancy, when I felt condemned to a life sentence with my abuser & taking my children with me. My abuser wasn’t aware at the time, but I was still taking birth control before I found out he got me pregnant. After I found out, as much as I didn’t want to, I had my tubes tied because I never wanted him to get me pregnant again! So because of his abuse, he made me choose something so drastic & so permanent, even though I’m a good mom & I deserve to be happy & have more kids if I wanted. It’s no longer an option. The hell that is my life for 2,555 days & counting, & is still going on, even though I left him & he lost some control over me, he is now trying to regain that control by coming after our child! Even though he’s abused ALL my children & has been negligent to all of them daily. Even though he’s made their lives hell  & has traumatized them all in some way---- I’m being told by my domestic abuse advocate that “unfortunately, as much as you don’t want him to because he’s abusive—he’ll probably still get some kind of custody”.  What message is that sending to woman or their children??? I beg you to help these woman & those children in my situation, this very second! How do they stand a chance at a better life if you have the power to keep these abusers out of their lives, but won’t place a law?? If they want to go later in life & confront them when their 18--- more power to them! But I’m told as a mom, who’s trying to protect my child that I’m responsible for my child’s well-being & if the court system sends him back to hell, in an abusive situation---- how am I protecting him???? I’m fighting like hell for Leland! He’s 3 years old & has a loving mother & two older brothers, who is putting their lives at risk to stand up & fight! I’m fighting for my other children too, who also was abused by this monster & abused me in front of them! I need to be heard! My children need to be heard! If I lose this fight to protect their little brother from his abuser father, I’ve failed all of them because my other kids are worried & scared for their little brother too. They’re counting on me as their security & safety, to protect him, so he don’t end up badly hurt or dead! This has become so personal for me. Not just because there’s no law to protect MY child, but no law to protect ALL the children being sent right back to their abusers, being awarded some kind of custody, after traumatizing their child. This is the very same reason woman feel speaking up about their abuser won’t matter any ways. I’m dedicating my situation & even after, to get the system to listen to these woman & myself, as to not feel so “hopeless”, when it comes to defending our children! All the support sites for abuse & all the stories. These woman are me & I am them! The more I hear them feel its “hopeless”, makes me want to fight much harder! You can ignore me & not help my son from his abuser. You can do the same with all these other woman & their children, who have fear in their eyes. It won’t make it go away! This is a problem! Its innocent lives! At the end of the day I won’t stop being a mother, a street advocate & a fighter! If it means going to the news, the paper, social media & getting every woman’s signature who’s been abused or supports children not being told they have to go back to be abused again---I WILL! I’m a mom & I’m being told the court system wants to put my child at risk again, so am I just supposed to sit by & watch???? I am a damn good mom, who just made a bad decision in a male, but my children & I NEVER asked to be abused & I won’t stop fighting for my children! I WON’T BE SILENCED OR FEAR ANY MORE!!!!  TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS FOR THE ABUSER!!!!!!! DEDICATE A LAW TO THE INNOCENT LIVES!!! MY SON, LELAND & OTHER CHILDREN NEED A CALM AFTER THE STORM!!!!   Sincerely, Angie Eldridge -Mother -Street Advocate -Fighter         

Ang Eldridge
343 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Ilias Lambros / Ηλίας Λάμπρος, Karpathos Municipality, Hellenic Ministry of Agriculture, Local Authorities of Karpathos, Hellenic Police

Stop Animal Abuse in Karpathos, Greece

You can view this text in two languages: English and Greek Μπορείτε να διαβάσετε αυτό το κείμενο σε δύο γλώσσες: Αγγλικά και Ελληνικά (δείτε παρακάτω) ___________________________________________________________________    There are numerous scientific studies which prove that animals are able to feel emotions, such as fear, joy and love. They are sentient beings who deserve respect and have rights. This appeal was sparked by recent animal abuse reports on the island Karpathos in Greece. This month (January 2018) a hunting dog was found hanged from a tree, near a soccer field (image by Nick Toskas ). One month prior to that, two stray dogs were shot, and two months prior to that, teenagers had kicked and injured a 2‐month‐old kitten at the local school. That same month a 5‐month‐old kitten was shot with a BB gun and was permanently paralyzed. Both of the kittens died. These crimes are not isolated incidents of Karpathos island, but, on the contrary, are representative of what is occurring in many areas throughout Greece. They come to add to the countless animal poisonings that occur daily in Karpathos, and in Greece in general. It is time that we all do our part to change the mentality that is overshadowing the country and especially isolated areas, by bringing light to such issues, by demanding that the municipalities take action, and by educating the public. In light of these recent animal abuse reports on Karpathos island, and other parts of Greece, we urge everyone to come together and work towards a solution. We ask the mayor and local authorities of Karpathos island to collaborate with animal welfare organizations, to enforce the laws and raise public awareness. We would also like to invite each individual to report any incidents of abuse to the local authorities‐ silence in cases of abuse is equal to complicity. More specifically: - We ask those who are aware of animal abuse cases to inform the local authorities. Silence is complicity. This is the only way we can change the existing norms in order to create a society where animal abuse is shameful and unacceptable.  -We are requesting that the municipality considers taking the follοwing actions: Creation of a task force that will consist of individuals that have experience with animal welfare issues (lawyers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, psychologists, etc.) and have demonstrated passion and interest in developing a solution.  Development of campaigns by the municipality of each region where experts in the field of animal behavior and health care will raise awareness regarding how animals should be cared for and treated. Collaboration with local animal welfare organizations and support of the organizations’ projects.More patrols around the islands and local communities by the police, and enforcement of current animal welfare laws. Creation of a shelter on Karpathos island that will act as a medical center for stray animals, adoption and education center.  Collaboration with volunteer veterinarians, who have expressed interest in visiting Karpathos and other areas in Greece to provide free service for stray animals. -We ask the local authorities of Karpathos to enforce the existing laws that protect animals in Greece. Animal abuse is taken very seriously by the Greek law and is considered an ex-officio offense. This means that there is no need for a formal/signed complaint for the police to take action.  As our beloved UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, always says: “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” With that said, it is up to each and every one of us to create an environment where we all (whether we have two or four legs!) feel safe. It is up to each of us to create a world that is filled with compassion and respect towards every living creature. Let us be the voice for those who do not speak our language, and let’s have constructive and respectful conversations with those that do not know any better. The first step to helping animals and contributing to their welfare is coming to the realization that we can and have the power to be part of the solution ___________________________ Greek/ Ελληνικά    Υπάρχουν πλέον πολυάριθμα ερευνητικά κείμενα που αποδεικνύουν πως τα ζώα μπορούν να νιώσουν συναισθήματα όπως φόβο, χαρά και αγάπη. Τα ζώα αποτελούν υπάρξεις που έχουν δικαιώματα και τις οποίες οφείλουμε να σεβόμαστε.    Η έκκληση αυτή δημιουγείται λόγω των καινούργιων περιστατικών κακοποίησης ζώων στο νησί της Καρπάθου. Συγκεκριμένα, το τελευταίο περιστατικό (Ιανουάριος, 2018) αφορά τον απαγχονισμό ενός κυνηγόσκυλου κοντά σε γήπεδο 5x5 στο χωριό Όθος της Καρπάθου (βλ. φωτογραφία). Το έγκλημα αυτό δεν είναι το πρώτο, καθώς και άλλα σκυλιά βρέθηκαν απαγχονισμένα στο νησί της Καρπάθου το 2016. Επιπρόσθετα, και άλλα κρούσματα ήρθαν στην επιφάνεια τους τελευταίους τρεις μήνες. Ένα γατάκι πυροβολήθηκε με αεροβόλο με αποτέλεσμα να υποστεί σοβαρό τραυματισμό στην σπονδυλική και να μείνει παράλυτο. Άλλο γατάκι (2 μηνών) βρέθηκε θύμα κακοποίησης από παιδιά του τοπικού σχολείου στα Πηγάδια Καρπάθου.Όλα αυτά τα περιστατικά έρχονται να προσθέσουν στα δεκάδες κρούσματα δηλητηρίασης ζώων που συμβαίνουν στην Κάρπαθο, αλλά και σε όλη τη χώρα.  Είναι καιρός να αφυπνιστούμε και να αναλάβουμε δράση ώστε να αλλάξει αυτή η νοοτροπία που σκιάζει την χώρα μας, και που δεν μας αντιπροσωπεύει.  Κάνουμε έκκληση  προς όλους όσους διαβάζουν το συγκεκριμένο άρθρο, στον δήμο Καρπάθου, και στις τοπικές αρχές να κινητοποιηθούν! Συγκεκριμένα: Παρακαλούμε πολύ όσους γνωρίζουν για περιστατικά κακοποίησης ζώων να ενημερώσουν/νουν τις τοπικές αρχές. Η σιωπή είναι συνενοχή. Μόνο έτσι θα καταφέρουμε να αλλάξουμε την νοοτροπία που επικρατεί και να δημιουργήσουμε ένα περιβάλλον στο οποίο η κακοποίηση των ζώων δεν είναι κοινωνικά ανεκτή.  Ζητάμε από τον Δήμο Καρπάθου καθώς και τις τοπικές αρχές να αναλάβουν δράση και να θέσουν το ζήτημα αυτό ως προτεραιότητα. Συγκεκριμένα θα ήταν ιδανικό να εφαρμοστούν τα παρακάτω: Σύσταση ομάδας για την προστασία των ζώων που θα αποτελείται από πολίτες που έχουν γνώση σε θέματα προστασίας και φροντίδας των ζώων και έχουν δείξει έμπρακτο ενδιαφέρον στην επίλυση του προβλήματος. Αύξηση των περιπολιών από τις τοπικές αρχές ώστε να εντοπίζονται ζώα που δεν βρίσκονται σε  ορθές συνθήκες διαβίωσης. Δημιουργία καμπάνιας από τον Δήμο Καρπάθου ώστε να ενημερωθεί ο κόσμος σχετικά με το πως πρέπει να φροντίζει κανείς τα κατοικίδια του, πως πρέπει να προσεγγίζει τα αδέσποτα και πως μπορεί να είναι μέρος της λύσης.  Τα σεμινάρια μπορούν να παρουσιαστούν και εντός των σχολείων, καθώς η ευαισθητοποίηση των παιδιών αποτελεί εγγύηση για ένα καλύτερο μέλλον. Δημιουργία εκστραστείας στείρωσης και φροντίδας των αδέσποτων ζώων. Υπάρχουν πολλοί κτηνίατροι που έχουν προσφερθεί να έρθουν στην Κάρπαθο ΔΩΡΕΑΝ ώστε να βοηθήσουν τα αδέσποτα.  Αυτό όχι μόνο θα βοηθήσει στην μείωση του αριθμού τους, αλλά και στην αποφυγή περιστατικών κακοποίησης νεογέννητων. Έμπρακτη στήριξη των δράσεων των φιλοζωικών οργανώσεων. Υπάρχουν κονδύλια από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση που μπορούν να υποστηρίξουν τις δράσεις οργανωμένων συλλόγων.  3. Ζητάμε τις τοπικές αρχές να εφαρμόσουν τους υπάρχοντες νόμους για την προστασία των ζώων στην χώρα μας (άρθρα 46 και 47 του νόμου 4235/2014, νόμος 4039/012, νόμος 1197/1981). Η κακοποίηση των ζώων αποτελεί αυτεπάγγελτο αδίκημα πλημμεληματικού χαρακτήρα. Αυτό σημαίνει πως δε χρειαζεται επώνυμη καταγγελία για να κινηθεί η αστυνομική αρχή. Η Πρέσβειρα Eιρήνης των Ηνωμένων Εθνών, δρ. Τζέιν Γκούντολ, μας θυμίζει συχνά πως: "Κάθε ένας από εμάς είναι σημαντικός. Κάθε ένας από εμάς έχει έναν ρόλο να παίξει. Κάθε ένας από εμάς μπορεί να κάνει την διαφορά.". Είναι, λοιπόν, πάνω στον κάθε ένα από εμάς να δημιουργήσει ένα περιβάλλον στο οποίο όλοι (δίποδοι και τετράποδοι) θα νιώθουμε ασφάλεια! Ένα περιβάλλον στο οποίο υπάρχει ανθρωπιά, ευαισθησία και συμπόνια προς τους αδύναμους. Το πρώτο βήμα για να βοηθήσουμε τα ζώα και να συνδράμουμε στην ευημερία τους είναι η συνειδητοποίηση  πως έχουμε τη δύναμη - ατομικά- να φέρουμε θετική αλλαγή γύρω μας και να είμαστε μέρος της λύσης.  

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Greece
6,836 supporters