Issues

Issues

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

Time’s Up.

The reckoning over the rampant and systemic mistreatment of women, in the workplace and in private, is long overdue. This movement is characterized by the incredible bravery of survivors; women who individually and collectively are saying, “No more.”

Yet survivors face a system that fosters secrecy and retaliation against the accuser, making it more difficult to enforce laws designed to protect workers from sexual harassment. And local authorities long have failed to adequately address sexual assault complaints, from untested rape kits to inadequate support for victims.

It is this broken system that has allowed for decades of sexual misconduct allegations to be swept under the rug in Albany, and allowed for alleged abusers to avoid facing a full investigation, much less punishment. As Attorney General I will:

  • Investigate county and municipal level handling of sexual assault claims. In New York, reports indicate nearly 2,000 rape kits remain untested.
  • Investigate companies doing business in New York State that repeatedly violate statutes providing women the right to a safe workplace environment.
  • Use investigations to lift the shroud of secrecy, including pushing for the release of accusers and employees from Non Disclosure Agreements that only protect serial abusers.

I strongly support the recommendations put forth by Harassment Free Albany, available here: https://www.harassmentfreealbany.com.