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1. Stop Genocide on White South Africans

Black-on-White attacks in South Africa:

In 7 Days. 20 Attacks. 27 Victims. 3 Women Raped. 7 People shot. 6 People Murdered.

9 April: Leon Pretorius (50) and his wife Phylis (49) were attacked at their place of business in Bloemspruit. Leon was shot twice. He is in hospital.

9 April: An Elderly man was attacked and murdered in his home in Dinwiddi. He was stabbed and his neck was broken.

9 April: An elderly couple was attacked, assaulted, tied up and robbed in Helderkruin.

10 April: A Family was attacked in their home in the Featherbrooke Estate. The mother and daughter were assaulted and the father was shot. He is recovering in hospital.

10 April: A 27-year-old woman was attacked by 4 black men. She was abducted and raped.

10 April: 'A 58-year old woman was attacked and raped at the Anstey's Beach Guest House in Brighton Beach.

10 April: The Lombaard couple was attacked on their farm in Tulbach. They were able to defend themselves and the attackers fled.

11 April: Lazlo (87) and Carol Bercsenyi were attacked in Bon Accord. They were hacked with axes. Lazlow died from his injuries.

12 April: Jaap Pretorius (52) is in a critical condition after an attacked on him and his fiancé in Bloemfontein. He was shot in the head.

12 April: A 62-year-old man was attacked in his holiday home in St. Francis. He was assaulted, tied up and robbed.

12 April: Vicus Botha (63) was assaulted in front of his home in Pietermaritzburg. He was badly beaten and died from his injuries.

13 April: A 48-year-old woman and her husband were attacked by 4 black men in their home in Benoni. The woman was raped by the attackers in front of her husband.

14 April: Kobus Nieuwoudt (41) was attacked, assaulted and shot in Ontdekkerspark.

15 April: Rina Hough (65) was stabbed to death at her home in Senekal.

15 April: Bart Klopper (63) was attacked and assaulted at his farm in Edeville. He sustained serious head injuries.

15 April: Johan Nel and his 13-year-old son were attacked and assaulted on their farm in Wolmaransstad by 6 black men armed with CZ88 pistols.

15 April: Frik Bodenstein (58) was attacked on his farm in Witbank. He was hacked with machetes and is recovering in hospital.

16 April: Johan Bornman and his wife were attacked in their farm in Vredefort. Johan was shot in his face and shoulder and is in hospital.

16 April: W/O Steven Britz (44) was shot dead at the Klapmuts Police Station.

17 April: Hannes Duvenhage (68) shot dead in Ermelo.

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2. Stop instituionalised stigma towards abuse

The issue of domestic abuse and the subsequent forced removal of children from the victim is reinforcing the abuse. Institutions that exist to help the victims such as the Social Services, Police and Judicial System are failing victims because of the sigma attached to being a victim of abuse.

The most common complaint from victims is one of feeling punished for being a victim rather than feeling empowered. The amount of hoops a victim has to jump thru in order to get her children back whilst her every move is scrutinised by social workers who have not received adequate training o recognise the dynamics of abuse is shocking.

No other institution could operate a viable service like this so hen why is the Social services being allowed to continue to abuse and misuse its powers and continue to remove children from mothers when their focus should be directed towards helping the mothers and children break that cycle.

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3. Give anonymity to people accused of rape until found guilty

Why should not people accused of rape be afforded the same anonymity as their accusers until they are found guilty.

Look at some of the high profile cases in the press of late where they endure a year or so of hell before they are found 'not guilty' and the accusers are invisible.

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4. Stop Rape in South Africa and Bring Back the Death Penalty!

144 people are raped every day. Somewhere we all have to start standing together and draw a line somewhere! It could be your wife, sister, mother or daughter next.

Let's put an end to it! BRING BACK THE DEATH ROW TO SOUTH AFRICA!

Lets stop talking and lets do something!

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5. Overturn Abortion insurance law in Michigan

A new law has been passed in the state of michigan requires women to purchase additional insurance for elective abortions including in cases of rape or incest.

The law states that health care insurance will no longer cover abortions in this case even if it is a danger to a womens emotional/mental and physical health.

Each women should have the right to chose how she deals with an unwanted pregnancy.

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6. Woman Brutally Tortured and Left to Die - Moist Eyes Awaits Justice

On 22nd November, 2013 she boarded a vehicle to pick her 6 year daughter up from the school. Four men present in the vehicle attempted to rape her. The initial news that surfaced suggested that she was raped. However, the autopsy report counters this claim.

Despite this fact, the condition in which her body was found suggests that there might have been attempts to gang rape her. The brutes, having failed to succeed in their evil desire, brutally tortured the girl and inflicted severe injuries on her head and neck. She was finally thrown out of the running vehicle merely 100 metres away from the nearest police station. Everything happened in broad daylight.

There seems to be inefficiencies in the police investigation. The vehicle where the crime was reportedly committed has still not been located. The incident happened in a small district town of Lakhimpur in Assam and a few such vehicles operate in the area. There is crucial forensic evidence in the vehicle and delays in locating it risks the evidence being destroyed. It has been more than 10 days now and no credible arrests have been made.

The Assam Police is coming out with various possibilities of murder and accident to cover up for its gross failure to make any credible arrests and locate the vehicle. They have also resorted to Character Assassination based on the statement of a person that was arrested and then later released. It can only be hoped that the Assam Police has not forced the person to confess having illicit relationship with the deceased. Assam has witnessed quite a number of such incidents in the past. The repeated failure of the government to deliver justice in the wake of the elections ahead seem to put the police under tremendous pressure to make the case look like an accident or a murder. The possibility of a political puppet investigation cannot be ruled out. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the government seems to be running a puppet show.

Even if it was a planned murder, it is imperative that the culprits are apprehended. The fact that her injuries were very horrendous cannot be ignored and such a horrific crime cannot be tolerated. Failure to nab the culprits will simply mean encouragement to other anti social elements.

The incident was widely covered by press and media.
Below are a few links:

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1131126/jsp/northeast/story_17613101.jsp#.Upm2YMRdV2E

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/11/28/india-assam-lakhimpur-gangrape-idINDEE9AR0CU20131128

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-11-27/guwahati/44519031_1_assam-state-commission-meera-barooah-autorickshaw

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/assam-protest-continues-over-lakhimpur-gangrape-incident/436786-3-251.html

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-lakhimpur-case-sit-formed-postmortem-report-says-no-rape-1926251

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7. Prevent Zimbabwean Women from being forced to stop bathing, shave their heads and become 'unattractive' for the sake of reducing HIV

"A Zimbabwean Politician says women should be forced to bathe less and shave off their hair to make them less attractive to men and help curb the spread of HIV."

This is one of the latest statements made by Senator Morgan Femai, who is trying to implement new laws that will compel women to make themselves less attractive in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Please sign this petition to help save the lives, humiliation, safety and sanity of these poor women that will be subject to horrific acts of cruelty. It is this kind of bizarre and disgusting opinion that is contributing to the discrimination of women, by inflicting blame and punishment on them by naming them the cause of HIV.

In a region where HIV and Aids are so rife, I fear such uneducated and preposterous remarks will put the lives of women at risk, possibly contributing to more rapes and violence as women are stigmatized to be the cause of such devastating diseases.

Please help act now before allowing time for anything to come by this.

I thank you for your time and contribution - Help Today, you could save a life!

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8. Stop the release of Robert John Fardon

Robert John Fardon has a criminal history with convictions for property, dishonesty and firearm offences, but is notorious because of his sexual offending. When 18, in 1966, Fardon pleaded guilty to attempted carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 10 years and was placed on a bond. In 1980, he pleaded guilty to raping and indecently dealing with a 12-year-old girl and wounding her 15-year-old sister. He was sentenced to 13 years' jail.

Fardon was released on parole after serving eight years of that sentence, but within 20 days of being released he committed offences of rape and sodomy. On June 30, 1989, he was convicted after a trial and sentenced to 14 years on those charges. While in prison Fardon fell in love with child killer Valmae Fay Beck. Prison records show that in 1998 Fardon asked a pastor if he could buy an engagement ring for Beck through mail order. Beck was serving a life sentence for the 1987 rape and murder of Noosa schoolgirl Sian Kingi.

In 2003, Fardon was the first person detained indefinitely past his release date under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003. In 2006, he was released under a strict supervision order but was breached when charged with rape in 2008 and was returned to jail. He was convicted of the rape and sentenced to 10 years' jail. CONVICTED sex offender Robert John Fardon again faces release into the community under a strict supervision order.

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9. Scrap the parole system in Australia completely: Life sentences for serious crimes

As seen with recent attacks by parolees, and especially highlighted by the murder of Jill Meagher in Melbourne on 22 September 2012, the idea of paroling offenders has clearly been a disaster. Re-offenders are making a mockery of rehabilitation programs and are using their "success" with them to afford an early release, only to wreak havoc once more.

I hereby call for an end to the parole system completely.

Politicians may baulk at the expense of extra prisons but have no problem wasting billions on useless endeavours uncalled for by the public. At least spending such sums on something that will help the safety of the community will not be spent in vain.

Further, neither parole nor rehabilitation as they stand are protecting the public from the worst crimes in our society. A proper and just sentence of life with no parole for murder, rape and other heinous acts is the only way to protect innocent civilians from those beyond rehabilitation and/or redemption.

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10. Add the word "Rape" to mature language filter

I and other women have been accosted and degraded many times in trade and in groups of all kinds by threats from players about rape.

I am a mother and an avid player 5 years now and pay money each month. I only want the word added to the mature language filter.

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11. Public Inquiry into Yarl's Wood IRC

Shut Down Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

End systematic abuse – including sexual abuse - & the denial of human rights.

We Demand a Full Public Inquiry into Yarl's Wood IRC

Women detainees and ex-detainees have been coming forward to speak out about the abuse they suffered and witnessed, and to demand redress. The racist and sexist regime, of legal, psychological and physical abuse which women frequently describe as mental torture at Yarl's Wood, has been covered up for far too long. The women imprisoned in Yarl’s Wood are systematically set up for abuse by the fact that they are treated as liars, who must prove themselves truthful whilst being detained indefinitely.

By law the ‘burden of proof’ in the asylum & immigration system means they are guilty until proven innocent. The women in Yarl’s Wood have between them successfully escaped every kind of abuse and violence that women commonly face around the world – rape, sexual abuse, forced marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, trafficking, domestic violence, child abuse, anti-gay persecution. It is known that violence against women and girls is common worldwide. Yet their claims are routinely disbelieved, and their credibility attacked. Is it any surprise that they be targeted for sexual abuse by guards in detention? The sexual abuse and its cover-up that was publicly exposed by The Observer (14/09/13) are the inevitable products of this regime.

The public exposure of sexual abuse has come about because of the strength of a detainee who refused to be silent. There are many more ready to follow.

Enough is enough. Abuse in Yarl's Wood is not merely the result of a few bad guards; it is the result of a system and is the Government's responsibility.

1. We demand that Yarl's Wood detention centre is SHUT DOWN

2. A full Public Inquiry into the sexual and other forms of abuse at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre.

3. Present and former detainees and their supporters must have the choice to give evidence in public.

4. EVERY aspect of the system that makes the sexual abuse possible must be exposed to public scrutiny. Nothing less is acceptable.

5. Present and former Yarl's Wood detainees MUST NOT BE DEPORTED. They are ALL potential witnesses.

6. There must be NO reprisals or discrimination against anyone giving evidence

PETITION ENDORSED BY
(Endorsements so far, please msg to add your name):

Yarl's Wood Movement for Justice Group
Leeds MFJ Group
Manchester MFJ Group
Lee Jasper (Co Chair of BARAC and National Black Members Officer for Respect Party UK)
Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts (BARAC)
NCADC National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns
Virtual Migrants
Hands Off Somalia
Justice for Women
Women Asylum Seekers Together (Manchester)
RAPAR (Refugee & Asylum Seeker Participatory Action Research)
BritCits
John McDonnell MP
South Yorkshire Migration & Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG)
Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group Wales


HEAR EX DETAINEES OF YARL'S WOOD, MFJ ACTIVISTS SPEAK OUT ON DEMONSTRATION:
http://vimeo.com/75331500

See more articles here:
www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/sep/14/detainees-yarls-wood-sexual-abuse

www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/sep/14/yarls-wood-immigrant-sex-abuse-tanja

theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/sep/21/sexual-abuse-yarls-wood-immigration

ncadc.org.uk/blog/2013/09/the-women-in-yarls-wood-are-fighters

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12. Justice for Girls & Women who are survivors of Rape

What should be the punishment for rapists according to your views in India?

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13. Guyanese say no to rape and pedophilia! We don’t want R Kelly and Onyan & Burning Flames for Jamzone 2013!

Sexual violence is rampant in Guyana. Every year, in community after community, hundreds of Guyanese women and children suffer from rape, abuse, domestic violence, sexual harassment, and other forms of gender based violence. Adding to this tragedy is the fact that in the vast majority of cases, the victims of these heinous crimes do not receive any justice; for example, in 2011 only one rapist was successfully prosecuted.

While there are a variety of factors that contribute to this epidemic of sexual violence, the influence of music and entertainment on shaping societal values and attitudes cannot be discredited.

Individuals who shamelessly abuse children and songs that advocate violence against women help to create a culture where rape, exploitation of children, and violence are seen as ‘normal’. This is not entertaining; as a matter of fact, it’s extremely disturbing. This is not our culture, nor the kind of society we want to live in.

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14. Transfer military rape cases to civilian courts

There is little accountability in the military for sexual assaults. When people are found guilty they are often only given a slap on the wrist.

Very few accusations of rape in the military receive the proper attention and the problem is only getting worse.

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15. Pledge to Speak Up Against Gender-Based Violence in India

There are more than 600 million women in India who are exposed to rape, dowry death and sexual harassment every day. 18, 359 rape cases were registered in India in the first three quarters of 2012; a woman is raped every 20 minutes in India.

Another form of gender-based violence is the killing of baby girls and female foetuses, causing India to lose 3 million girls since 2001.

Due to the patriarchal culture rooted deeply within this nation, women are treated as second class citizens or even worse, as possessions. These women suffer in silence because their cries are falling on deaf ears.

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16. Team Up Against Sexual Assault

In the wake of several high profile sexual assault cases that highlight how school officials, coaches and community members are willing to turn a blind eye when crimes are committed by those involved in their local sports team, we ask that the Commissioners of Pro-Sports leagues take on a Zero Tolerance policy towards players and teams that are involved in such crimes. Any player involved in any such crime is banned from pro-leagues for life.

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17. STOP RAPE IN INDIA

On Friday the 15th of March 2013, a Swiss girl was raped by several (possibly 7 or 8) Indian men, while her boyfriend was tied to a tree. This act of violence is not standing alone.

Through the past years, there have been many acts of (group) rapes in India. Rape is a direct violation against the human rights, and therefore it should be strictly prohibited.

The Indian government is not taking enough action against it. That’s why the rapes still continue. Therefore the United Nations should make sure the Indian government is going to take action.

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18. Death Sentence for Anene Booysens rapists

"Impose the harshest sentences on such crimes, as part of a concerted campaign to end this scourge in our society," said Zuma in a statement.

Anene Booysen (17) was found by security guards at a construction site in Bredasdorp on the weekend. She was gang-raped and mutilated, and later died of her injuries in hospital. Reuters reported that she had been cut "from her stomach to her genitals". Zuma described the crime as shocking, cruel, and inhumane. "It has no place in our country. We must never allow ourselves to get used to these acts of base criminality to our women and children." Booysen reportedly identified her attackers before she died at Tygerberg Hospital on Saturday evening.

Doctor describes brutality

Die Burger reported on Thursday on the brutality of her injuries as described by the doctor who treated her. He said that he felt it necessary for the public to know the extent of her attackers' cruelty. He described in detail how her torso was ripped open, after which one of the attackers stuck his hand in her and ripped out her intestines. "She lost a large portion of her intestines. That is why she didn't survive," The doctor said. Another source confirmed the doctor's description. The source said that police who appeared on the scene had to pick up Booysen's intestines which were strewn around her. They were covered in sand.

Arrests

Her 22-year-old ex-boyfriend, Johnathan Davids, was arrested in connection with the crime. According to a source Boosyen and Davids were childhood friends and visited each other's parents' houses. Davids appeared in the Bredasdorp Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of rape and murder. He will appear again on February 12. A second man, aged 21, was arrested in Bredasdorp on Wednesday night.

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) said it was satisfied with the progress police had made so far. "The arrest of two men in connection with this vicious crime should serve as a lesson to rapists and murderers whose aim is to infect our societies with despicable evil," said Popcru spokeswoman Theto Mahlakoana. The union called on society to stand up against crime and share any information related to the incident with police.

Condemnation

Various other organisations and unions also condemned the crime. The Congress of the People (Cope) said the brutality of the Booysen attack, allegedly committed by those she knew, was not only shocking but an act of depravity. "Cope is horrified South Africa has unfortunately and regrettably become the rape capital of the world," said Cope MP Beryl Ferguson. She said this also proved that the department of women, children and people with disabilities, police, and communities had failed to curb this crime. "It is also deeply disturbing that neither of the departments seems to have any clue nor even a workable programme to ensure that women in South Africa are protected from rape," she said. Government expressed shock and outrage at the crime. "They must face the full wrath of the law… those who molest and abuse children have no place in a democratic South Africa," said Government Communication and Information System acting CEO Phumla Williams. – Sapa

Extract from: Mail and Guardian 7th February 2013. 14:46

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19. Stop the killing & execution of innocent Syrians in Syria!

Over 60,000 deaths have occurred in Syria since the first and peaceful protests against President Assad began. In addition, Turkey and other neighboring countries, are overfilling with fleeing refugee's who do not want to die in Syria.

Hundreds of thousands of Syrian's have fled the bloodbath in Syria. Children lay dead on the Syrian's streets, women are being raped, and men are being tortured by the Assad regime.

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20. Stop Syrian detainess from being brutally tortured and raped by Syrian authorities

Syrian detainees are being medievally tortured and raped by Syrian authorities, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) accused.

At least 194,000 citizens, including approximately 9000 teenagers have been detained by Syrian regime forces. 1215 of these people have been killed, the organisation claimed, with a minimum of 60,000 enforced disappearances.

The organisation alleged that a large number of prisoners suffered through 44 different methods of physical as well as psychological torture, which involved victims being tied and beaten as well as forced sexual humiliation.

There are currently 72 detention centres in Syria controlled by the Air Force, the Army, the Intelligence Agency as well as security forces. An SNHR statement read; “We harshly condemn and renounce all methods of torture practiced by the Syrian government, which is held responsible for all Syrian governments’ staff and institutions”.

The SNHR has called upon the international community and the U.N Security Council to act with the utmost urgency and enforce the humanitarian laws and constitutions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX82oQ7NgYo&feature=player_embedded&bpctr=1359283762

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21. PAEDOPHILES, RAPISTS AND MURDERERS SHOULD BE USED FOR SCIENTIFIC TESTING

They rape and murder our children, families and friends and we reward them with a jail sentence where they receive nutritional meals, television, medical care, etc. which we pay for.

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22. Women against sex crimes and exploitation

Sign this petition. And join an organization to stand for women rights. Up to 70% of women face physical or sexual abuse by men in their lifetime. And 80% of human trafficking annually consists of women and girls.

Human trafficking in women causes for a huge concern and many of these nonprofits help stop the human trafficking and support the cause.

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23. Zero Tolerance Campaign: Petition Demanding Reforms for Women's Safety

To,
Shri Manmohan Singh,
The Prime Minister Of India,
PMO,
South Block, Raisina Hill,
New Delhi.
India-110011.

Subject: PETITION FOR STRONGER LAWS TO ENSURE BETTER SECURITY OF WOMEN IN INDIA

PETITION

Today we write to you in the aftermath of the incident, where a young girl of only 23 years of age was brutally gang raped and left to die while her friend who tried to defend her was beaten up.

We usually take pride in us being Indians, a country where girls are called the incarnation of Goddess Laxmi and are put at a pedestal to be worshipped. But sexual harassment is a less talked about subject that afflicts 50% of the population. It is a known fact, that every woman, be it then as our mothers, sisters, wives or friends, has suffered this indignation at some point in time and so much so that most of them silently bear this humiliation. It has become impossible for woman to move freely without a constant worry and a deeply ingrained fear.

What further, complicates matters is the attached stigma, which prevents most women from standing up against this crime. Police insensitivity in such cases and the lacunae in the law (Section 354 and 509 of the IPC being cognizable but bailable offences, and bail is known to be granted in a vast majority of the cases.), not being a deterrent enough, is contributing to the rising statistics of crime against women

The famous dictum, 'The role of the government is to make it easy for people to do good and difficult to do evil' is more relevant than ever. We therefore request you to act swiftly and decisively in this regards.

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24. STOP the RAPE of WOMEN & CHILDREN in SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa has the highest rape statistics in the world. Every 10 minutes a women in South Africa is violated, physically and emotionally for the rest of her life.

Catching the perpetrator after the fact, is not the answer as that woman's life has been irrevocably changed for the worse by that stage. What is the South Africa Government doing to proactively reduce these statistics and restore dignity to the women of South Africa?

Please sign this petition if you feel strongly about this issue so that we may take this forward to the various structures in South Africa demanding proactive solutions.

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25. Harsher Sentences for Pedophiles

Pedophiles are not getting harsh enough sentences. They are given slaps on the wrist and are often free to re-offend soon after conviction. Here`s just 2 examples of many:

-David James Lebanc. He was one of the 2 men involved in the confinement and sexual assault of a 16 yr old boy for two weeks in Halifax. He was already facing pending charges from 2010 for sexual assault, touching a person under age 16, and making child pornography with a 2yr old and a 5yr old! Leblanc was released in 2010 so long as he didn`t go near children. He failed to comply in 2011, and served only 18 days in prison! This assault on the 16yr old boy was 100% preventable. Our judicial system failed that boy.

-Christopher Paul Neil. He served a mere 5 yrs. in a Thai prison for posting hundreds of pictures of him assaulting more than one child. He was arrested upon his return to Canada for being a threat to all children, yet was released a few days later so long as he promises not to go near children. Sound familiar?

As per recent news articles, Harper's C-10 crime bill gives harsher sentences to pot growers than to pedophiles. Something is wrong with that.

Why are these monsters allowed to get away with this? Our system needs some reform. As long as the penalties remain as slack as they are, this is going to keep happening.

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26. George Galloway MP

George Galloway said the following in a video podcast which was posted online on 18th August 2012:
“Even taken at its worst, if the allegations made [against Julian Assange] by these two women were true, 100% true, and even if a camera in the room captured them, they don't constitute rape, at least not rape as anyone with any sense can possibly recognise it."

"I mean, not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion. Some people believe that when you go to bed with somebody, take off your clothes and have sex with them and then fall asleep you're already in the sex game with them. It might be really bad manners not to have tapped her on the shoulder and said 'do you mind if I do it again' - it might be really sordid and bad sexual etiquette, but whatever else it is, it is not rape, or you bankrupt the term rape of all meaning.”

From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B4I5F05jNg 22:20 onwards


The Sexual Offences Act 2003 section 4 says “a person (A) commits an offence if—
(a) (s)he intentionally causes another person (B) to engage in an activity,
(b) the activity is sexual,
(c) B does not consent to engaging in the activity, and
(d) A does not reasonably believe that B consents.”

“Whether a belief is reasonable is to be determined having regard to all the circumstances, including any steps A has taken to ascertain whether B consents." That means that if there’s any doubt, you should ask about consent.

Section 74 defines consent as "if (s)he agrees by choice, and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice" .

Section 75 (2) specifically states that where a person is asleep or otherwise unconscious, it should be assumed that they did not consent.

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27. Make Sexual Assault a Non Bailable Offence

On June 26 2011, the Bombay High Court suggested that Molestation should be made a non bailable offence.

Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Ranjana Desai orally directed the state government to take action to make the offence (molestation) non-bailable. “As this offence is at present a bailable one, the police tend to take it lightly and don’t take prompt action in such cases. This is what seems to have happened in this case as well. If it is made a non-bailable offence, both the police and anti-social elements will take it seriously,” Chief Justice Shah said. (FROM TIMES OF INDIA)

We, the citizens of India, have decided that enough is enough and we have to take some action. Rich offenders should not be able to escape with their crime due to their luxuriously surplus bank accounts. Hence, we present this petition.

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28. MORE STRINGENT LAWS AGAINST RAPISTS IN INDIA

Its official: India 3rd worst offender in rape cases

India stands third, leaving behind countries like Sri Lanka, Jordan and Argentina, when it comes to rape cases, latest data of the Union Home Ministry suggest. Ahead of India are only the United States and South Africa.

There has been over 30 per cent increase in incest rape cases in 2009 over the previous year. According to a report released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), cases of incest rape have "increased by 30.7 per cent from 309 cases in 2008 to 404 cases in 2009

Also out of total rape cases of 21,397, 94.9 per cent involved offenders who were known to the victims.

According to the statistics, Chhattisgarh topped the list with most number of incest cases. The state recorded 107 such cases in 2009, accounting for the highest or 26.5 per cent of th According to some statistics, only one in 69 rape cases in India are even reported. Only 20 % of those reported result in convictions for the rape accused.

Rapes happen across the social strata in India. In the Indian villages, it is the poor villager's wife or sister or daughter who gets raped by another poor rowdy villager, and everyone from the local thanedar to the landlord. These rapes, unless the news becomes public due to unavoidable reasons, are never reported. It is reported in the newspapers or reaches the police only when a rape becomes part of a larger caste battle, family feud or political game. We do not hear about the massive number of them happening all the time.

The media will report a rape only when it is a different kind of rape - a 'normal' rape is not news. The police, even when they get to know of a rape, or even when a rape victim approaches them, almost always discourages the family from filing a complaint. Often they are threatened, if the alleged rapist is someone in a powerful position. Some other times, the police reminds the victim's family of the social repercussions and attention (and permanent social humiliation, no marriages for anyone else in the family etc. etc) and the victim returns home to wash away all evidence of the crime.

Source: Indian Express & News24online.com

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29. US/UN/MINUSTAH OUT OF HAITI!

Please sign this petition!

The history of the present occupation of Haiti by the US/UN/MINUSTAH forces is a history of repeated injuries, kidnappings and murders. The presence of the US/UN/MINUSTAH forces in Haiti is all having to do with the establishment of absolute control over the country in order to plunder, slaughter, rape subjugate and rob Haitians of their wealth, freedom and human dignity.

The US/UN/MINUSTAH forces have kept in Haiti, in times of peace, a standing army of over 12,000 foreigners without the consent of the Haitian people.

The US/UN/MINUSTAH forces have maneuvered to render its military force independent of, and superior to Haiti’s civil power.

The US/UN/MINUSTAH forces have brought in large bodies of armed troops among the population and disseminated them throughout the country:

The US/UN/MINUSTAH forces have preempted Haiti’s Constitution, and declared themselves invested with power to legislate Haiti’s laws in all cases whatsoever (Ex. Their recent involvement in the voting fiasco).

The US/UN/MINUSTAH forces have declared and waged war against Haitians and by killing and maiming Haitians without due process (Ex. Raids on Citee Soleil, July 6, 2005 and again on December 22, 2006 among others).

The US/UN/MINUSTAH forces have plundered Haiti’s seas, ravaged its coasts, burnt its towns, introduced deadly epidemics, raped its women, sexually assaulted its young men, and destroyed the lives of the Haitian people.

The US/UN/MINUSTAH forces are at this time contracting with large groups of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny they had already begun, with more and more documented circumstances of brutality & betrayal.

In every stage of these oppressions Haitians have petitioned and protested for redress in the most humble terms, but each repeated petitions have been met and answered only by repeated injuries, mutilations and killings. Haitians have appealed to the US/UN/MINUSTAH forces chains of command for justice and fairness, and Haitians have pleaded with them to disavow these violent crimes being committed against the people, however, everyone in the chains of command have been deaf to the voices of the people pleading for justice and of fairness.

As a direct consequence of this Declaration, relying on the protection of the Haitian people, R.H.E.C.I.F.S. is hereby urging the US/UN/MINUSTAH forces operating illegally in Haiti to reconsider their involvement in the killings of Haitians and ask that they quickly find a solution for a timetable to complete their withdrawal from the country, with peace and honor.

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30. RESPECT GAY RIGHTS - SCRAP THE ANTI-GAY BILL

Addressing an audience of diplomats in Geneva, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton called for the rights of gay people to be respected.

"Gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world," Mrs Clinton said.

"Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality."Reacting angrily to Mrs Clinton's speech, Ugandan presidential adviser John Nagenda told the BBC: "That fellow [Mr Cameron] said the same thing. Now this woman [Clinton] is interfering.

"If the Americans think they can tell us what to do, they can go to hell."

Uganda is a staunch ally of the US, receiving military assistance to fight a local rebel group - the Lord's Resistance Army - and has sent troops to Somalia to fight the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group.

Mr Nagenda said Uganda would continue to co-operate with the US on security and other issues, but added: "If they are childish enough to take away aid, we'll see what we do [in response]."

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