violence against women

22 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Everyone, Instagram

Stop the promotion of violence, sexual misconduct, alcohol abuse, & drug use on doit4state

Instagram has transformed from an innocent platform where you posted your lunch for the day into a social media nightmare full of people trying to outdo one another and sharing far more than necessary, including sexual encounters, drunken nights out and violent exchanges. One particular account that stands out is @doit4state, an account strictly dedicated to the college party lifestyle. They promote and encourage violence, sexual misconduct, binge drinking to the point of vomiting or even blacking out, self injury competitions, blatant drug use and abuse, and more. I have seen women in the comments asking videos of them to be taken down because they were taken without their knowledge or consent (submitted by a sexual partner without permission) and the page admins will literally tag them just to laugh and tell them to "stop being a little b***h about it." They also post these videos to their Tumblr, which has less strict rules about nudity and pornographic posts so they're less likely to be removed. They are essentially posting revenge porn and asking for more material from strangers simply to build content. This is incredibly damaging to the women involved and the legal ramifications to get it taken down alone are a burden, but to add insult to injury by laughing at them and not taking the post down is inexcusable. They also try to pit women against each other, humiliating women who are not as busty or curvy as they (admins) deem appropriate. They will often post pictures that women confidently submit of themselves hoping to get some attention to themselves or their own page, just to have the DIFS admins post the picture with an embarrassing caption, usually asking their followers to come up with something damning to say about this complete stranger they know nothing about. This almost always turns into a bullying match because, as much as the page promotes anonymity, they actually tag the women they don't consider "baddies" so their followers can harass the submitters. Several people have had to change their user names, go private, and even delete their page entirely due to the threats and harassment they had to deal with because this page exposed and humiliated them and outright asked others to do the same. In addition, they often post videos and pictures depicting active sex acts, an absolute no no on Instagram. And yet... their page is rarely taken down. Any time it is, the page admins bribe IG officials and somehow get it back. Meanwhile, artists, photographers, models, new mothers sharing their baby's first bath, get not only the questionable picture deleted, but also their account. Why can a woman not post herself breastfeeding or bathing her child, but this page can post full of videos of sexual intercourse, and without half the participating party's consent and often times knowledge with no consequences? There is also a new challenge, called getting "banana'd" where you essentially perform fellatio on a banana. Besides being incredibly weird, this page is public. Any impressionable child can see this and want to participate because it is shown on this page as the cool adult thing to do. In addition, because bananas are so soft and people are swallowing them practically whole, many people choke. This page is promoting sex acts on food that make you choke, what kind of message is that spreading? What kind of standards are we holding ourselves to? And that's just the sex aspect. The alcohol consumption depicted on this account is reckless and concerning. The page admins make new "challenges" like who can drink an entire fifth of alcohol in one chug. One of the more dangerous challenges is shaking a beer can, building carbonation, and smashing it against your head to break it open and drink the contents. I have seen people split their head open, cut their hand, and even break it open on someone else's head and knock them out. They encourage drinking while driving and speeding (we're talking 120+ here). They ask for videos of people hurting themselves while drunk, shooting guns while drunk, and even picking up drunk women. They encourage negative behavior and alcohol- fueled violence in people against themselves and others. All for likes and followers and to sell their t shirts and tickets to their literal orgies. Oh yeah... they set up giant parties that are basically key parties on crack, fueled by alcohol and Xanax and charge people to be their DJ. Shameful. The drug use is rampant. They usually post videos of people using marijuana, but they also post shrooms, cocaine, "lean," ketamine, prescription pills, and even the injectables. And Instagram does NOTHING. This account has been up for at least a year, and is now at over a million followers. Why has Instagram not held them to the same standards everyone else is held to? Why are they not providing a safe space to view and share like they originally did when the app first launched? Doit4state posts fights, people stealing, nudity, porn and strippers, vandalism, grand theft auto, Russian roulette, self injury videos, pictures and videos of broken bones, decapitated animals, and drunk women making out with each other and twerking, students sneaking drugs and alcohol into class, people cheating on their significant others, reckless driving, and more. DIFS idealizes violence, sexual misconduct/borderline rape, alcoholism, drug use, prescription drug fraud, distribution and abuse, DUI's, property harm, disrespect against women and POC, especially POC women, theft, [academic] cheating, identity theft, and harm to animals, and they ask people to submit and share their content, again, just to build their own page and reputation. As a public account with millions of followers, and a user of Instagram, Instagram officials have a responsibility to shut this page down, hold them to the same standards they hold everyone else, and to protect their other users, especially the underage users with access to this public page that frequently shows on the popular page. I personally have reported pictures of full on pornography, audio and video, and I was told it did not violate any rules, even though there was full nudity with close ups of genitals and penetration... Keep in mind we're not on Twitter or Tumblr. This is INSTAGRAM. Nudity and pornography are not allowed so why is this page allowed to post literally hundreds of thong pictures a week and a pornographic video to boot? Why has Instagram taken their page down several times, only to put it back up barely days later and with no repercussions? Every time the page is taken down, there is a collective sigh of relief from everyone not following them. But sure enough, every time, the page is brought back and every time it comes back, the content gets bloodier, the women are in less clothes, the fights are more violent; the admins obviously care less each time because they know instagram is failing at moderating. They know, unfortunately, they will get their page back and start it all back up again, building a bigger fan base than before.  I am asking that we hold this page accountable for their actions and that we report their page for violence, nudity and sexual misconduct, and the promotion of drugs and firearms. I am asking that we hold Instagram accountable for allowing this appalling content and behavior, on a public page for all to view, and have them remove the page permanently, no exceptions this time. There are other platforms that are for adults only and that allow nudity and the other content being shown on @doit4state. But Instagram is not one of those platforms. Instagram has a responsibility to adhere to their own rules and regulations and to apply them evenly, fairly, and consistently to EVERY user, not to let the "big" accounts get away with whatever they want for fear of losing users. The bigger picture here is the promotion of such negative behavior in their content. There is no reason for this page to exist anymore. Please help me get the page, and the toxic mentality and acts it breeds, deleted forever by signing this petition and reporting the page and individual posts to Instagram officials. As history has shown, this page only gets stronger each time it's shut down *because* Instagram doesn't do its job and allows it and its vile content to return. YOU can help prevent that! Please, help permanently shut down and delete @doit4state, @doitforst8, @difstickets, and @difsfights and do not allow them to return under another name OR their back up/secondary accounts listed above.

Alexis Ward
51 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Ohio State House, Ohio State Senate

PREVENT DOMESTIC HOMICIDE! Make Non-Fatal Strangulation a Felony in Ohio.

On January 31, 2014 Monica Weber Jeter was strangled by her husband until she was "dizzy and unable to call for help".  The attack occurred while she was sleeping and their five young children were in the home. One of the children disrupted the attack and called 911. Monica’s husband pled "no contest" and was found guilty on a MISDEMEANOR domestic violence charge. He was sentenced to 11 DAYS of a possible 180 days IN JAIL and six months of probation. The protection order was lifted a month after the attack. Nine months later, on October 8, 2014, Monica's husband assaulted her again.  This time viciously beating and stabbing her while she slept in their North College Hill Ohio home.  Two of the children witnessed the attack—their twelve year old daughter called 911. Monica endured multiple stab wounds, massive blood loss, painful surgeries, and major organ failure. She spent thirty-two days in critical condition at University of Cincinnati Hospital in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit.  She fought so hard to survive for her family but her injuries were just too severe.  She died on November 9, 2014.  She was thirty-six years old. Monica’s large heartbroken family is completely dedicated and focused on raising awareness and making real change in her honor.  Our first goal is to get legislation passed in Ohio that specifically makes non-fatal strangulation a felony.  The statistics regarding domestic violence and strangulation are staggering.  Almost half of all domestic violence murder victims have suffered at least one incident of attempted strangulation prior to a fatal or near fatal violent incident.  Strangulation is lethal force and is one of the best predictors of escalating violence and future homicide in domestic violence cases. Strangulation is a red flag for future domestic homicide!  If Monica's husband had been convicted of a FELONY for the January strangulation attempt, he could have been in prison on October 8, 2014 and Monica might be alive today. Felony strangulation laws not only secure tougher punishment for domestic abusers; but also promote awareness of a crime that often precedes murder. Ohio needs to join the 30 plus states that have already made this life threatening crime a felony! Please support MONICA’S LAW by signing and sharing our petition.  Help us prevent domestic homicide in Monica's memory.        To learn more about Monica’s story and support our efforts to make a difference please check out Monica’s Facebook page at #MonicaStrong

Family & Friends of Monica Weber Jeter
122,099 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to David Epstein, Hilarie Bass ABA President, Deborah Enix-Ross ABA chair House of Delagates, Jack L Rives ABA Executive Director

National registery for 1st or 2nd degree assault related to domestic violence

In light of the recent church massacre in Texas as well as the lack of information provided about the gunman’s history of domestic violence related felony assault I believe we need a national registry of those found guilty of 1st and 2nd degree assault related to domestic violence. Like sex offenders these perpetrators are repeat offenders who terrorize their own partners and children time and time again from relationship to relationship. We need a registry where this history is easily accessible to law enforcement and the community and would bar them from legally purchasing guns. I am an RN at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility and deal with victims of domestic violence and children who have been irreparably damaged by its affects. Any step we take in the protection of our nations children should be a top priority of our leaders and our citizens. The definition of 1st degree assault is:(a) Assaults another with a firearm or any deadly weapon or by any force or means likely to produce great bodily harm or death; or(b) Administers, exposes, or transmits to or causes to be taken by another, poison, the human immunodeficiency virus as defined in chapter 70.24 RCW, or any other destructive or noxious substance; or(c) Assaults another and inflicts great bodily harm.(2) Assault in the first degree is a class A felony. The definition of 2nd Degree assault is a. with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, he causes such injury to such person or to a third person; b. with intent to cause physical injury to another person, he causes such injury to such person or to a third person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument other than by means of the discharge of a firearm; c. he recklessly causes serious physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument; d. for a purpose other than lawful medical or therapeutic treatment, he intentionally causes stupor, unconsciousness or other physical impairment or injury to another person by administering to such person, without his consent, a drug, substance or preparation capable of producing the same; or e. he is a parolee from a correctional institution and with intent to cause physical injury to an employee or member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, he causes physical injury to such employee or member. Thank you for taking the time to read and sign this petition. 

Tara Bowman
69 supporters