New York State Senate Candidate Julie Killian Expresses Support for Legislation to Advance Protections and Rights of Sexual Assault Survivors
New York State Senate candidate Julie Killian (R-Rye) today expressed support for several measures currently before the Senate and Assembly which would advance protections and rights for sexual assault survivors.
Killian also drew a sharp contrast between herself and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, who protected two elected officials charged with abusing women as an Albany insider and member of the State Assembly.
“We must have zero tolerance for sexual abuse. Period. And when a person has been abused, it is incumbent on government to ensure the survivor is protected and has access to the resources needed to seek justice,” Killian said. “Government’s primary role is to protect its citizens, and these bills address the inequities some survivors of sexual assault face. I stand with the survivors and those who seek to help these brave men and women, and I applaud this bipartisan effort to protect some of New York’s most vulnerable citizens.”
The legislation was discussed at a press conference earlier today called by New York State Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) along with advocates and other legislative colleagues from both sides of the aisle. It includes:
- S.6428A / A.8401A- which establishes a Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights and requires unreported sexual assault evidence kits be maintained for 20 years in a secure, centralized location;
- S.6947A – which establishes a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Telemedicine Pilot Program; and
- S.6964A – which ensures sexual assault forensic exams performed by hospitals are free of charge to the sexual assault survivor.
Killian’s unwavering support for the survivors of sexual assault stands in sharp contrast to the fact that as the chief lawyer for the State Senate, Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer made the decision to seat Hiram Monserrate after he was elected, even though he had been charged with felony assault for slashing his girlfriend’s face with a broken bottle during an argument. She also supported then-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's use of taxpayer money to cover up sexual harassment by Vito Lopez, a powerful Brooklyn Assemblyman.
“Assemblywoman Mayer has made a lot of bad decisions as an Albany insider and member of the State Assembly, but going out of her way to protect men who abuse women is particularly stunning. There should be no tolerance in government or anywhere else for violence against women, and certainly not for turning a blind eye – or helping to cover up -- elected officials’ violations of women,” Killian said.