I am deeply disturbed by the multitude of reports of sexual abuse and harassment allegedly taking place in our state capitol and in some state capitols across the nation. While many of these complaints are still under investigation, I want to reiterate my support for victims of harassment or abuse.
No one should ever be made to feel unsafe or in danger in their place of work, nor should there ever be fear of retaliation if someone comes forward to report their abuser. This is why my office is reviewing our current policies to combat sexual misconduct and establishing updated training programs for employees who serve in the Secretary of State’s office.
Sadly, nearly one in five women and one in 71 men have reported being sexually abused, according to the CDC. As a husband and as a father of eight daughters, I have always taken seriously the risks women in particular face in their everyday lives and in the workplace, and I will always advocate for a safer environment for all Oregonians.
Additionally, if you are a victim of sexual abuse, I want to bring awareness to Oregon’s Address Confidentiality Program. This program allows victims of stalking, sexual assault, and domestic violence to utilize an alternative mailing address to keep their real physical address confidential from the public. This program is administered by the Oregon Department of Justice.
To the victims of sexual abuse and harassment—my heart is broken with what you’ve had to experience. I stand with you, and I will continue to be an advocate.