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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Ad hoc committee schedules first hearing

Group will meet in Fort Lee next Tuesday

By Nikita Biryukov, February 05 2020 12:49 pm

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s ad hoc committee on sexual harassment and other forms of misogyny in Trenton will hold its first hearing Tuesday.

“This is just the first of a series of public and closed-door listening sessions where we want to hear from women in politics, government and the public sphere about their lived experiences relating to harassment, sexual assault and misogyny, and on steps that can be taken to positively change the political climate for women,” Weinberg said.

The panel will also hold private listening sessions for victims who are uncomfortable speaking publicly.

The first meeting will be held at the Fort Lee Community Center between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The committee is encouraging those interested in testifying to sign up via survey.

“Our panel’s public forums will provide an opportunity for those interested in sharing their experiences, thoughts and perspectives on how to shape policy and implement reforms to address the toxic climate of misogyny, sexual assault and harassment in New Jersey politics,” NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault executive director Patricia Teffenhart said. “It is not the workgroup’s role to adjudicate individual cases about specific people, but we do believe it is our role to center the voices of those most impacted by the issues at hand.”

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