Statement Of The Orange County Young Democrats Regarding Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! Particularly in the wake of #MeToo, OCYD encourages the efforts being made this SAAM to create institutional and cultural change on the individual, local, and state levels to ensure Orange County – and California’s – future does not include tolerance of sexual violence. Currently in the United States, about 16% of men, 33% of women, and nearly 50% of transgender people experience some sort of sexual violence in their lifetime. For too long, our culture has mistaken such incidents as a fact of everyday life. Sexual “misconduct,” harassment, and assault are not inevitable. We can eradicate sexual violence through meaningful, legislative action that focuses on prevention education, accountability for perpetrators, and comprehensive support for survivors. For this reason, the Orange County Young Democrats support SB 820, SB 224, SB 1300, AB 1867, AB 3080, SB 1449, and the joint budget advocacy effort led by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence to invest $50 million in new state funding towards the elimination of sexual and domestic violence. It’s April 2018, and it’s time to #DoBetter.

Brief description of bills mentioned:

SB 820 — prohibits non-disclosure provisions in settlement agreements for sexual harassment, assault, or misconduct that, to date, have protected the perpetrators rather than the victims.

SB 224 — includes elected officials, lobbyists, directors, and producers in the list of persons liable in a cause of action for sexual harassment under existing law.

SB 1300 — places requirements on employers, under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination.

AB 1867 — requires an employer with 50 or more employees to maintain records of complaints of sexual harassment for 10 years from the date of filing.

AB 3080 — prohibits employers from requiring new hires to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment and prohibits retaliatory measures for failing to agree to sign such an agreement.

SB 1449 — requires law enforcement to either submit sexual assault forensic evidence to a crime lab or ensure that a rapid turnaround DNA program is in place and requires a crime lab to either process the evidence or transmit the evidence to another crime lab for processing within prescribed time limits in existing law. The bill also appropriates $2,000,000 to support such activities.