Many of us are now familiar with the #metoo movement, quietly started by the phenomenal Tarana Burke.
Many of us know all too well from personal experience, that assaults, harassments and many other crimes against women are a frequent and commonly overlooked form of abuse. The statistics are horrifying. And each number represents a human being who has been violated. Thanks to the courage of women who have had enough, the truth is finally being brought out of the dark and into the light.
Moving past the fear of embarrassment and retaliation women are coming together to join forces to take on offenders. No longer will we be easily divided and conquered. For too long harassment in many forms was expected and tolerated by women in the classroom, workplace and in politics, and it continued in the shadows.
As a woman who has faced and fought harassment of many forms over the years, I am proud to stand with my sisters as we create a climate of change!
I know this change will be met with some resistance. I know it will take time.
As a legislator in the Assembly, I promise to work to create a strong system of accountability and oversight so all those harassed feel protected enough to come forward. Women in all industries, of all economic statuses and of all ethnicities are vulnerable to violations, but together we can provide a system of support that benefits all.
I am proud to have and I will continue to work with them and earn the support of others by continuing to stand strong against all forms of harassment!