Target: Governor John Kasich (OH-R)
Goal: Provide funding for rape prevention education
After two Steubenville High School football players were arrested for repeatedly raping a 16-year-old girl, support groups surfaced nationwide to promote rape prevention education to both young adults and parents. The state of Ohio demands ‘Teen Dating and Violence” classes be taught in all high schools, yet there is no funding for them. Ohio governor John Kasich states, “Budgets are not goals in themselves but merely tools for achieving goals, and the goal of this budget is job creation.” So, why not create a sector of teaching jobs that would make a difference statewide? Similarly, Ohio’s government spent $100 million on the Department of Youth Services category in 2012, yet the most important service one can provide to youths still has zero funding.
One of the boys claims to not knowing that digital penetration was considered rape; weather he is truthful or lying, this statement screams that most teens just don’t know what they need to know about sex and morality. While some parents know how to talk to their teens about sex, most don’t know how to properly approach the subject and the information is never received as to what is right and what is wrong. Rape prevention education is vital in a nation where someone is sexually assaulted every three minutes and every one minute worldwide; that is only what is federally reported. Before you’ve finished reading and signing this petition, someone will have been raped. Urge Ohio’s government to fund rape prevention education and promote a moral state, country and world for all to live and thrive in.
Dear Governor John Kasich,
With a $55 billion budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year and over 635,000 cases of reported rape in your state, it’s time vital education is funded for all young adults of Ohio. With a probable count of one in seven Ohio women being raped in her lifetime, this is not something to be taken lightly, ignored or put on a mental “to-do” list. Women, men and children are all susceptible to this crime and in many cases are kidnapped and brutally murdered.
Mandatory sexual violence education in schools is a good start, but without the funding the purpose of the bill is lost and the education goes untaught. Most parents don’t know how to approach the subject and some never learn what is wrong and what is right. As governor it is your duty to delegate the budget to where it benefits your constituents most; being untouched, happy and alive is unarguable the biggest benefit you have to offer. Fight the good fight against what is quoted as the “world’s longest war.” The women, men and children of Ohio will undoubtedly thank you.
[Your Name Here]
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