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Roginsky: Bramnick website has ‘chilling effect’ on women

Assembly Minority Leader makes it tougher for victims to come forward, ex-Fox News personality says

By David Wildstein, October 10 2019 4:30 pm

Veteran Democratic political strategist Julie Roginsky says that Jon Bramnick’s law firm website is meant to create a chilling effect on women who are considering reporting instances of harassment or assault.

Everyone is entitled to a vigorous defense but only women have to contend with being slut shamed or  worse when they speak up publicly about unacceptable behavior,” said Roginsky, a former Fox News personality who sued Roger Ailes for harassment in 2017. “From firsthand experience, I know how excruciatingly hard it is to publicly tell your story and to put yourself and your family through the media firestorm that follows.”

According to Roginsky, lawyers like Bramnick who publicly brag about their willingness to discredit victims of sexual assault, enhance the difficulties of ending the problem.

“I have yet to meet a woman who was eager to speak publicly about being harassed or assaulted,” said Roginsky. “It’s quite the opposite: most women keep their mouths shut because they don’t want to face the opprobrium that is heaped upon them through no fault of their own — the kind of opprobrium that this law firm is bragging about heaping.”

Roginsky called for changes to encourage victims to come forward.

“It’s time that we work together — in a bipartisan way — to ensure that we give women the tools to report, not create more barriers to force women to live in silence and, through silence, tacitly enable more aggressive behavior,” Roginsky said.

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