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Virginia state Senator Amanda Chase Gets it Wrong on Sexual Assault

 

For Immediate Release

July 8, 2019

Virginia state Senator Amanda Chase Gets it Wrong on Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, responded to Virginia state Senator Amanda Chase’s comments attacking and blaming survivors of sexual assault. Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications at EMILY’s List, released the following statement:

“It’s time for Senator Chase to go. Her latest comments are backward, out-of-touch, and a slap in the face to millions of sexual assault survivors across the country. In contrast, Amanda Pohl understands the issues facing the people of Senate District 11 and will work hard to ensure that survivors have a voice once she is elected. We look forward to helping her and our slate of pro-choice Democratic women in Virginia win this November, and can’t wait to see them change the face of power in Richmond.”

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