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State Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency chief of staff Katie Brennan. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Brennan seeks reforms for sexual assault victims

By David Wildstein, February 18 2020 10:10 am

Katie Brennan, whose allegation that she was raped by a senior Murphy for Governor campaign staffer while volunteering on the 2017 race brought New Jersey politics and government into the #MeToo movement, is calling for a series of legal reforms to improve the criminal justice process for victims of sexual assault.

“Since the day I came forward about my own experience, I’ve said that justice in my own case would only be a partial step–and that what we truly need is an overhaul of the systems that have failed me and so many other victims,” said Brennan. “I have completed extensive research over several months to compile these recommended reforms, and I hope legislators, the Workgroup and the Murphy administration will give them the strong consideration they are due. Their implementation will help ensure that no one ever has to go through the pain, trauma and lack of justice that I have endured.”

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s working group on Harassment, Assault and Misogyny in New Jersey politics, Brennan called for prosecutorial, law enforcement and judicial reforms, as well as legislative changes to enhance the reporting of sexual assault.

Brennan is also supporting legislation sponsored by State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) to create oversight over sexual harassment claims in New Jersey political campaigns.

Brennan Letter to Workgroup, February 2020
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