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Weinberg ad hoc committee to resume hearings this week

Virtual meetings set for Wednesday, Thursday

By Nikita Biryukov, May 18 2020 3:06 pm

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s ad hoc committee on harassment and sexual assault and misogyny will resume its activities this week, the senator announced Monday.

“The two sessions we are announcing today will provide an opportunity for us to hear from women in politics, government and the public sphere about their lived experiences relating to harassment, sexual assault and misogyny, and to continue to gather ideas on steps that can be taken to positively change the political climate for women in New Jersey,” Weinberg said.

The group was launched in December on the heels of a Star Ledger report chronicling a harassment and other issues faced by women in the state capitol.

While it had held a small number of listening sessions and launched a survey meant to collect data about harassment and other misconduct in Trenton earlier this year, the committee had delayed further meetings for months amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The first of the committee’s newly-announced meetings will be held remotely through Zoom on Wednesday. Private listening sessions will be held Thursday.

“We want individuals to know that they can choose how they want to share their experiences and ideas,” Weinberg said. “We are offering multiple options so they can do so safely, privately and without fear of intimidation or retribution from those responsible for  harassment or assault, from those with an interest in protecting the political careers or interests of those responsible, or from those who encouraged or allowed a toxic political climate to develop.”

The committee plans to release the results of the survey, which is being conducted by the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, sometime in June.

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