Target: Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States
Goal: Investigate claims of sexual assault within our nation’s national parks and enact tougher penalties against perpetrators.
Eighteen employees of Yosemite National Park have brought forth claims that they were sexually assaulted at work. Employees of Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, and Canaveral National Seashore have also said they were victims of sexual assault and harassment.
Congress has launched a bipartisan effort to hold hearings with National Park Service officials to address the issue. However, the government has brought forth the issues of sexual harassment within national parks against female employees before. Investigations were launched and reports outlining solutions were given to supervisors, but little was done to change the seriously dangerous and hostile workplace culture that has existed for decades.
At the Grand Canyon, the United States Inspector General found that male boatmen have sexually assaulted women for about 20 years. Canaveral National Seashore has been investigated for sexual assault four times since 2012. Women working at Yellowstone National Park were found to have been sexually assaulted for years by their supervisors, and even propositioned for sex. Despite the recurrence of these events in several national parks across the country, no serious actions have been taken against the alleged perpetrators. Many of them have remained at their jobs.
Sexual assault in the workplace has always been a troubling issue, yet one that has failed to be addressed by officials in many instances. No one should be afraid to go to work. No one should feel unsafe at their job. For years, female workers at our nation’s national parks have been subjected to harassment. Our National Park Service is supposed to represent decency and professionalism, while being the public face of our national wonders. Sign the petition to demand that those responsible for these horrific actions be held accountable so that our national parks will be safer for those who work there, and once more a symbol of pride in our nation.
Dear Attorney General Lynch,
Troubling investigations brought forward have shed light on many recurring instances of alleged sexual assault in our nation’s national parks. Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon are among the most recognizable parks in which female National Park Service members have claimed to have been sexually assaulted and harassed by male supervisors and coworkers.
Despite numerous investigations and reports by the Inspector General, little has been done to address this issue and to make the national parks safer for all who work there. I ask that you launch your own investigation into the National Park Service and hold those accused of committing sexual assault accountable.
[Your Name Here]
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