Ban Men Found Guilty of Sexual Assault from Leading Educational Institution

Target: Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences, and Chair, National Research Council

Goal: Ban men found guilty of sexual assault from educational organization for life.

Even as it fights to end sexual harassment in science, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has failed to take seriously claims of alleged sexual assault lobbied against its own male members. This must change now.

Many noted members of the educational organization, including Geoff Marcy, a former UC Berkeley astronomer, and Thomas Jessell, a former Columbia University neuroscientist, have been found guilty of assault. Yet, the organization has not revoked their membership. Meanwhile, the organization is advocating for an end to sexual violence on college campuses.

While the organization’s fight against sexual violence in our nation’s schools is commendable, it must also look at the crimes being committed within. Sign the petition to demand all members found guilty of sexual assault have their memberships revoked for life.


Dear President McNutt,

As your organization begins the commendable practice of fighting against sexual violence on college campuses, it has its own demons to face. Numerous male members, once leading figures in their fields, have been found guilty of sexual assault; however, they still remain members of your organization.

This must change now. To truly fight against sexual assault, your organization must start this fight from within. I demand members found guilty of sexual violence have their memberships revoked for life.


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