Last week, we posted a petition on Change.org titled “Take Responsibility for the Sexual Abuse of Children at ASIJ.”
In it, we request that the American School in Japan’s Boards of Trustees and Directors demonstrate its commitment to its stated core values in the following ways:
(1) Embrace “honesty,” “integrity,” and “community” by publishing the complete final report of its independent investigation by July 1, 2015;
(2) Exercise “compassion” and “global responsibility” by putting an end to the victim-blaming and excuses, effecting responsible policies to protect students in its care, and offering fair compensation to the victims of Jack Moyer’s abuse; and
(3) Honor the lives of past, present, and future children above that of institutional glory by acknowledging prior failings and making a full public apology for the role the school played in enabling and concealing Jack Moyer’s abuse.
Our petition quickly rose in signatures, first, to 500, then to 1,000 signatures.
Now at over 1,300 signatures, we feel the petition is sending a loud message to ASIJ that the lives of children matter, and covering up decades of sexual abuse is not acceptable by an institution of trust.
We hope you’ll visit the petition page and read the comments at the bottom. If you decide to sign it or share it with friends, we will greatly appreciate it!
Here are some of the most recent comments on our petition page: