LETTER: Thanks to Moller for leading against sexual harassment and assault

To the Editor:


The Minnesota Legislature should complete its work by May 20 and, as of this writing, many budget bills are working their way through the House and Senate. The omnibus public safety bill includes several provisions authored by state Rep. Kelly Moller. As promised during her campaign, she has introduced legislation on sexual harassment and sexual assault. 

For example, a victim of harassment currently has to show that the harassment is “pervasive” or “severe,” which has led to many individuals escaping accountability. Moller’s bill changes that. Another example is that each local law enforcement agency has different standards for investigating sexual assault. Moller’s legislation would eventually create a uniform state policy for investigations so that cases don’t fall through the cracks. Finally, she is asking for the creation of a working group on criminal sexual conduct reform to update our state laws on this critical topic. 

I am thankful that Moller is committed to building a state where everyone can have safety, dignity and respect in their workplaces and in their communities. These provisions in the omnibus public safety bill will strengthen protections against sexual harassment and gender-based violence. They will also empower victims and survivors to come forward.


Marcie Weinandt

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