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violence against women

29 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to CITY OF MIAMI COMMISSION, City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Commission, Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, Florida State Legislature, Rick Scott, Bal Harbour Village Council, Bal Harbour Mayor Gabriel Groisman, Surfside Town Commission, Surfside Mayor Daniel Dietch, Miami Beach City Commission, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber

#TIMESUP: IMPOVERISHED WOMEN AND CHILDREN NEED SHELTER

Tell our government officials – more funding for emergency shelter and supportive services for women and children is needed! Violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women. Women young and old, who are homeless and alone, survive by being invisible. Staying awake through the night out of fear, they sleep on buses and in airports, hospitals, abandoned buildings, backyards and alleyways in a desperate attempt to find shelter each night without being detected. They are forced to bathe in public restrooms and eat from garbage cans to go unnoticed. But of course, they cannot hide forever, especially from predators. Physically vulnerable, women and youth without a place to stay are at heightened risk of sexual assault, human trafficking and violence in its many forms. All too often, impoverished women and their children are forced to remain in abusive relationships, because they lack a safe place to go. Tonight, hundreds of women and children in our community need supportive emergency shelter and supports to take back their lives. And yet, Lotus House, one of the largest shelters in the country for women and children, is forced to leave more than 150 beds empty tonight, because we lack sufficient funding. Please sign the petition to urge our government officials to provide more funding for life saving supportive shelter at Lotus House! Lotus House currently shelters 400 women and children nightly in our new home, Lotus Village, with additional capacity to shelter up to 550. 95% of the women we shelter report histories of violence, many starting with victimization as children. This includes the following harrowing statistics: *72% of our mothers report a history of domestic violence, sexual assault or violent crime. *67% of mothers report being sexually molested, abused or neglected in their childhoods – because violence against women is intergenerational. Shelters must be trauma-informed and address the unique needs of women and their children who have survived violence in order to break the cycle. This requires the supports that Lotus House provides: intensive child and family therapies, access to physical, medical, dental, and mental health care, educational assistance, job readiness training, child care, even arts and activities, so women and children can heal and rebuild their lives. Without money to help fund these beds and supportive services, women and children will be forced to continue to survive by being invisible, suffering violence, abuse, hunger, mental health issues and continued homelessness. Please sign this petition and let our government officials know it is time to step forward, show they care by providing more funding for this important resource for women and children who are victims of violence.   You can make a difference by sponsoring a woman or child at Lotus House for just $9 a month. Learn more about Lotus House and how you can help.  (Donations to Sundari Foundation, Inc. dba Lotus House are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRC 501c3 (Lotus House tax id # 81-0652266). A copy of the official registration and financial information (Lotus House #CH17660) filed with the State of Florida may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free 800-436-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.) 

Lotus House
6,825 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Nathan Deal

Please Help Revising Disciplinary Actions for Victims In the First Offender Law/Act

Please help by signing this Petition for revising or making changes to the First Offenders Act in relation to violent crimes to be more beneficial for the victims of these actions. Victims are often treated as if they are the criminal. I am proposing if a criminal pleas guilty that he or she should not have the choice to plead his case. Also many times the first offender act provides the criminal the leisure of not spending any time in jail even though it causes victims severe emotional distress. I am proposing that the criminal spend no less time than thirty days in jail automatically for violent crimes. I am proposing that there be a speedy trial. Also to make it more beneficial for victims that there is a choice of a jury trial automatically. Many times victims do not see a judge or have a choice to have a trial. Last, I propose that restitution is automatically given to the victim for pain, suffering and for counseling paid through fine fees from the offender. I am a victim of a violent crime received no justice for the violent event that happened to me, My nose was broken and have scars still today and all the offender received was probation, nothing more . I have severe emotional distress to this day.  I can not change the decisions or actions in my case but I am here today to protect victims in the future. Please help me to give more justice and closure to victims of violent crimes. Stand up for the victims please and stop the cycle of making the victims feel as if they are the offenders Please. Together lets make a change

Heather Turner
34 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Judge Pinkey S. Carr, Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy, Judge Michelle D. Earley, Judge Emanuella Groves, Judge Lauren C. Moore, Judge Micheal L. Nelson Sr., Judge Ann Clare Oakar, Judge Ronald J.H. O'Leary, Judge Charles L. Patton, Judge Susan Marie Sweeney, Judge Jazmin Torres-Lugo, Judge Sheila Turner McCall, Judge Joseph J. Zore, Michael C. O'Malley, Lisa Stickan, John Gallagher, Margaret Troia, Joanna Lopez Inman, Crystal Bryant, Oscar Albores, Peter Corrigan, Judge Ronald B. Adrine, Victor R. Peres, Cleveland prosecutors office, Angel Wilson, Arriel Bryant, Linda Bryant, Brooke Burke, Nicole Fioritto, Cuyahoga county Justice center, Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, Cleveland Police, Center for family justice, Domestic abuse women's network, Family violence victim advocacy, Cleveland domestic violence unit, Cuyahoga county domestic relations court, Mariko Davis, Manu G. Pena, Megan Gergen, Melissa Groves, Melissa Graves, Elizabeth Nudelman, Cuyahoga county department of Justice affairs, Michael McGrath, Violence Against Women Act, Sergeant Shamode Wimberly, Shamode Wimberly, Detective Martina Latessa, Martina Latessa, Cuyahoga county domestic violence high-risk team, Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office, Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Governor John Kasich, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Victor R. Peres, Prosecutor Michael C. O'Malley

Drop murder charges for Arriel Bryant, victim of domestic violence NOT a murderer!

I started this petition in hopes to clear or minumize the charges of aggravated murder on Arriel Bryant of Cleveland,Ohio. Arriel has been a victim of domestic violence for quite some time now. Not only are there documented reports of abuse towards her caused by the victim Eric Kelley. But, how many instances were never reported?! As that may look bad on a self defense plea, as well as dropping charges when they were pressed... You have to take into consideration the reasonings behind it. Not only was this the father of her children (so not wanting him to be in prison AGAIN and away from their children) , there's also the factor of the "what will happen now?!" Growing up in a domestic violence household myself, I know first hand how scary it can be. It doesn't end when you get hit or harmed in whatever aspect that it may be... But, you're then stuck with the "what will they do to me now?!" "How far will they go?" "Is this gonna make things worse for me?" "How mad will this make him and what will my consequences be?" "There's the after effect of the cops being called and them goin to jail. When they are willing to hurt you and do these things without any threat at all... What will now happen since their freedom has been threatened or taken away? And in the back of your mind you think "Is it even worth it?!" There's no real "good ending" in this... Even if charges are infact dropped! The children are still left without a father and all the memories that led up to this whole situation! Please give this the attention it deserves and don't throw it to the side because it's just another case! Too many woman are sitting in prison for things they did only after being left with no other option and being stuck in a "it's either you or me" situation! And let's face it....I think we all would be considered a murderer and possibly do some of the same things these women are sitting in prison for if we were in their shoes and endured the things they have! Please help me by joining this petition and bringing Arriel home to her kids! 

Jamie Hale
315 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Judge Bruce Schroeder

Tell Judge Murder Victim's Life Was Worth More Than The Price Of Her Car.

Seventeen- year-old Olivia Mackay worked for months to buy a ten-year-old Pontiac Gran Prix with almost 200,000 miles on it. She was still making payments when Daniel Tate and accomplice, Jamari Cook, stuffed her lifeless body into trash bags, then attempted to sell her car for $500.00. Now Cook stands to benefit because Wisconsin law caps the maximum allowable prison term based on the low price of Olivia’s car.  After meeting Olivia on a dating app, Daniel Tate lured Olivia to her death. When she confided that she was self-conscious about her weight, he used that knowledge to build a false sense of trust. That trust was then wielded as bait, drawing Olivia into a death trap so Tate could sell her car- a scheme Jamari Cook has admitted he was at least partially- if not wholly- aware of in advance. Preying upon Olivia’s self-esteem, Tate convinced her to accept a first date at a local beach. Meanwhile, he surreptitiously promised other women he’d have a new car “as soon as f**ck.” Within moments of arriving at the secluded spot he’d chosen, Tate turned on Olivia and began strangling her. Jamari Cook, who claims to have tagged along at the last minute, admitted he saw Olivia fighting for her life, but decided to simply look on. Tate choked Olivia until she went limp- then pushed her face down in the water, climbed on her back and knelt there while he tightened a length of cloth around her throat and forced her head below the surface. Jamari Cook watched for the entire fifteen minutes he, himself, estimates it took to kill Olivia. Despite being much larger and stronger than Tate, he remained silent and simply... watched. Then, the moment Tate finished, Cook sprang into action to help his "best friend" dispose of her. Within hours, Cook and Tate were nonchalantly posting to social media, advertising pictures of Olivia’s car while her body lay concealed by weeds. Now Jamari Cook has been allowed to take a plea bargain that doesn’t remotely reflect the brutality of Olivia’s murder and his very active, callous role in concealing it. While he may not have knelt on her back, he chose to do nothing as she fought for her life- then manhandled her body as if she was refuse rather than a person. Instead of expressing dismay, Jamari Cook joined Daniel Tate in complaining that the work of concealing Olivia’s body had inconvenienced them with mosquito bites and sore back muscles. Jamari Cook has admitted that his belated “cooperation” with law enforcement was motivated solely by self-preservation. He has never voluntarily expressed sincere remorse. At no point has he acknowledged the agony and terror Olivia suffered in her last moments when help from him would have required nothing more than a 911 call. He spent days trying to help Tate sell her car for a pittance, hoping to profit from her death. Now the laws of Wisconsin seem to confirm the morbid notion that the value of Olivia’s life can be weighed according to the value of her car. Because Jamari Cook was allowed to take a plea bargain- the necessity of which is debatable given the abundance of material evidence- the law limits the sentence that can be handed down to a time so short that it adds to- rather than heals- the pain of her still-grieving, traumatized family. Had Olivia been able to afford a vehicle valued over $10k, Jamari Cook, the man who stuffed her into a trash bag, might receive a prison sentence several years longer. But because her first car was the kind that working class people settle for when they’re just starting their lives, Jamari Cook could slip back out on the streets, back out to the same beach, within just a few short years  For these reasons, we respectfully plead with Judge Schroeder to give Jamari Cook the maximum sentence allowable by law, and to make every possible provision to delay his release back into our community. We believe him to be a danger and in light of his absolute disregard for human life, believe he will always remain so. We ask you, Judge Schroeder, to join us in conveying that the life of Olivia Mackay- and that of any woman- cannot be reduced to the value of what she can afford to drive. 

Ann Sz
2,436 supporters