Syrian-Americans from across the United States are commemorating Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday by employing his tools of non-violent resistance to encourage action against the rape of women and girls in Syria.On January 17, 2013, SAC initiated a nationwide petition calling on America’s First Lady Michelle Obama to condemn the Assad regime for the systematic rape of women and girls. over 500 people have signed the petition. According to a report by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), “Many women and girls relayed accounts of being attacked in public or in their homes, primarily by armed men. These rapes, sometimes by multiple perpetrators, often occur in front of family members.” The horror is difficult to imagine. Former detainees of the Assad regime reported witnessing rats shoved into a women’s vaginas (BBC) while other reports describe women gang-raped at checkpoints and forced to walk home naked.er 500 people have signed the petition. “Bashar al-Assad commanded his soldiers to unleash humanity’s darkest nightmares against the people of Syria,” observes Samy Harmoush, SAC National Project Manager, “the First Lady is America’s beacon of mercy to the oppressed. Supporters of the petition want to see her publicly condemn the horrors befalling women and girls in Syria, to see that America refuses to let these women suffer in solitude.” As one of the most recognized and respected women in the world, First Lady Michelle Obama can bring immense attention to the horrific sexual attacks. The petition to theFirst Lady promises to continue picking up steam in the days and weeks to come.