Take Allegations of Sexual Harassment Seriously

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Target: Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Goal: Stop minimizing sexual harassment complaints and train NPS employees on proper conduct.

Sexual harassment within the National Park Service (NPS) occurs with frightening frequency and is not taken seriously when reported according to a recent in-depth investigation. The Huffington Post investigation interviewed several women who each told stories of being harassed by male NPS employees.

When scientists and other professionals are out in the parks, away from the tourist areas, they are at the mercy of their guides. These guides control everything from when and where to camp and go to the bathroom to how much food is available.

Women told HuffPo investigators that unwelcome advances were made numerous times in these types of situations and that when they refused sexual advances, the male guides made things difficult for them or began watching them on bathroom breaks. The women add that when they reported these instances of sexual harassment to NPS superiors, their claims were not taken seriously.

Demand sexual harassment allegations are taken seriously and that NPS employees receive conduct training similar to that received in corporations across the country.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Jarvis,

A recent investigation by the Huffington Post reveals frightening information about NPS workers and sexual harassment. NPS rangers appear to be using their power and status to make unwelcome advances on women working in the parks. When reported, the women indicate that their claims were not taken seriously.

We demand that all sexual harassment claims are thoroughly investigated and that NPS workers receive appropriate conduct training.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Joshua Tree National Park

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