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Rep. Tom Malinowski. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Malinowski backs changes to state sexual assault statutes

By Nikita Biryukov, October 14 2018 10:03 pm

House candidate Tom Malinowski said on Sunday that he supports legislative changes to encourage prosecutors to pursue sexual assault cases following similar announcements from Republican legislators in the wake of Katie Brennan’s sexual assault allegations against Albert Alvarez.

“Prosecutors must be less reticent to take on criminal sexual assault cases, and I fully support Ms. Brennan’s recommendation that the General Assembly pursue legislation to ensure New Jersey’s police and other first responders are better trained to respond to sexual assault victims,” Malinowski said. “It’s often in the immediate aftermath of an assault where the viability of a case against the accused can be made. I also support her call to extend the statute of limitations for civil actions in such cases.”

While some of Murphy’s opponents have seized on Alvarez’s resignation from his role as chief of staff at the Schools Development Authority to renew calls for an investigation into the hiring practices of Murphy’s office, Malinowski made no such call.

“Ms. Brennan has waited too long for justice. We must do better,” Malinowski said. “I believe the Governor is taking this situation very seriously and expect he will take the appropriate next steps.”

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