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Change.org has started a petition that you can sign here. It'll only take a moment of your time and as the petition says so eloquently, "These crimes -- rape, stalking, domestic violence -- disproportionately victimize women. Holding the rights of the accused above the rights of victims in cases of violence against women is just wrong."
ETA: I just wanted to add that no one is saying all people accused of sexual assault/rape are guilty or that there are no women who truly are accusers and not victims. Some one tried to pull this card and it really bothered me. Obviously there are instances where women falsely report being raped. The problem is when rape victims are singled out specifically and forced to be considered "accusers." Will all victims of crimes be considered accusers? This type of thinking is problematic, even if Franklin has good intentions, because it casts a suspicious light on rape victims who already have rape culture working against them. With only 6% of all rapists seeing the inside of a jail cell I don't really see where this need to make it even harder on rape victims is coming from.