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Tell the FBI: Rape is Rape; Free Climate Hero Tim DeChristopher; Subaru – Stop Selling Cars Where Women Can’t Drive

August 1, 2011

Image | Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA)

Please click on and sign the following: 

1. Tell the FBI: Rape is Rape!

2. Free Climate Hero Tim DeChristopher

3. Subaru: Stop Selling Cars Where Women Can’t Drive

1. Background | From Change

Each year, the FBI fails to count hundreds of thousands of rapes in its Uniform Crime Report (UCR)—even missing many rapes that are reported to police. That’s because for over 80 years, the FBI has been using the same fundamentally flawed definition of “forcible” rape: “The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will” to track rape statistics in the UCR.

This excludes rapes involving forced anal sex and/or oral sex, vaginal or anal fisting, rape with an object (even if serious injuries result), rapes of men and transgender people and other injurious and degrading sexual assaults. Also, because the definition includes the word “forcibly,” police departments often interpret the rule (against UCR guidelines) as leaving out rapes of women with physical or mental disabilities and those who were unconscious or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

A recent Ms. investigation revealed that the archaic definition plays a key role in the vast underreporting of rape in the U.S.:

  • The FBI’s 2007 Uniform Crime Report listed 91,874 “forcible rapes”, but some estimates suggest the actual number may be 24 times higher.
  • Police departments go to great lengths to look good on the UCR, the FBI’s comprehensive national crime report by which all U.S. police departments are judged, and federal funding is determined. Often this means interpreting “forcible rape” even more narrowly than the FBI does when classifying sexual crimes.
  • Police departments across the country, notably Baltimore and Philadelphia, have been found to be juking the stats—coding legitimate rape cases as “unfounded” in order to make it appear that rape numbers have declined.

Related | Corrective Rape

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Without an accurate definition, we won’t have accurate statistics about rape, and without accurate statistics, we will never have adequate funding for law enforcement to solve these crimes. A change in the definition of rape would lead to better law enforcement response and could thus reduce dramatically the incidence of rape.

It’s high time for a change. For rape survivors, a modern definition of rape at the federal level would acknowledge, once and for all, that rape is rape—and that the stories and experiences of all rape survivors count.

Make sure that all rapes are counted. Sign this petition to tell FBI Director Robert Mueller and Attorney General Eric Holder to update the overly narrow, outdated “forcible rape” definition.

2. Background | From Change

In a peaceful act of protest against oil and gas leases, 29 year old Tim Dechristopher was sentenced to 2 years in jail yesterday.

“My intent both at the time of the auction and now was to expose, embarrass and hold accountable the oil and gas industry, to the point that it cut into their $100 billion profits,” DeChristopher told the court.

Dechristopher told the judge, “You have authority over my life, but not my principles. Those are mine,” DeChristopher said. “I’ll continue to confront the system that threatens our future.”

We must all stand up and take action to tell DeChristopher that he is not alone and his actions were not in vain.

Jail is a lonely and solitary place and we must ensure that Tim’s resolve stays strong and we can send him a huge message of support for his courage to protect our planet.

3. Background | From Change

Dear Subaru,

We are leading Saudi Women’s rights activists and we write this open letter to you as a company that has made a name for itself among women drivers and which has built up a progressive brand image.

Subaru sponsors women’s surf festivals, the U.S. Women’s Triathlon Series, “Subaru Women’s Week” packages for skiers and even the Outstanding Woman in Science Award for the Geological Society of America.

But while Subaru is marketed heavily at women, your company is simultaneously making millions selling cars in the only country on earth where women aren’t allowed to drive – much less ride a bike or go surf, run a triathlon, or ski on their own.

Subaru takes corporate citizenship seriously. On your web site, Subaru Chairman Yoshio Hasunuma writes, “We are dedicated to support and improve the communities in which we live and work.”

But Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women — both Saudi and foreign — from driving. As Saudi women our lack of freedom of movement places an extreme burden on our lives. We lack a public transportation system and the most basic errands and medical appointments are missed due to the difficulty and expenses of arranging transportation, notwithstanding educational and work opportunities. Our lack of this basic right to drive our own cars creates many safety risks for women on the roads, and relying on strangers as drivers has jeopardized the safety of women and children in many documents cases.

We write to you with a simple request: that Subaru publicly pledge to pull out of Saudi Arabia until such time as women are allowed to drive.

It is our hope that this will put huge pressure on the Saudi royal family and shine a bright light on the “gender apartheid” in our country. It’s a chance for your company to live up to your brand, and make a huge difference for nearly 13 million of us Saudi women.

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we cannot sink into the night
rape is rape and ALL
women deserve rights
we cannot pander, nor sell to
nor support any nation or regime
who so badly comports

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2011 9:26 am

    we cannot sink into the night
    rape is rape and ALL
    women deserve rights
    we cannot pander, nor sell to
    nor support any nation or regime
    who so badly comports


  2. August 18, 2011 1:05 pm

    One Big Problem, UTAH is a crooked state and so is their court and justice system.

    He picked the wrong state to pull this off in. Tim would not have even been prosecuted in another state or gone to jail if it were any other state but Utah.

    Is there a FREE Tim DeChristopher fund or web site? I think everyone who cares should write the White House to get him a Presidential Pardon ASAP. The link is here.
    I did, and In included Tim’s Manifesto that he read in court at his sentencing, Very Eloquent.

    This is what I wrote the White house:

    President Obama, NEEDS to give this man Tim DeChristopher a Presidential Pardon right away. His prosecution Mr. Huber was a travesty of justice. This was a prosecution to protect BIG OIL and nothing more. 2 years for speaking his mind on TRUMPED UP CHARGES because big oil fears this man and Big Oil had the Prosecution in it’s pocket as a corporate interest the whole time. This was the Big Oil Prosecution Tim DeChristopher and not the people. Mr. Huber needs to be FIRED as a Justice Department Prosecutor.

    Below is the link to Tim DeChristopher’s manifesto he read at his sentencing. Very Eloquent.



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