Representative Fattman released the following statement today after meeting with representatives of New Hope, Inc.
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BOSTON - House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading), Assistant Minority Leader Elizabeth Poirier (R – North Attleboro) and Representative Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) met yesterday with representatives of New Hope, Inc. including Executive Director Kim Thomas to discuss domestic and sexual violence as well as providing me an opportunity to clarify my position following recent attributions regarding the reporting of rape.
“I was pleased to have had the opportunity to meet with officials from New Hope, Inc.,”said Representative Fattman. “I appreciate the opportunity to clarify that I do, and always will feel compassion towards victims of any crime. Victims of any crime should always feel safe to come forward to both law enforcement officials and other support networks for help, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, immigration status, or any other factor.”
A petition filed by New Hope, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) and the Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts (RCCCM) sought to obtain clarification of Rep. Fattman’s position on this issue. After a productive discussion between legislators and victim advocates, all parties involved accept this clarifying statement as an accurate depiction of his beliefs , and have therefore agreed to remove the petition.
“We are thankful to Representative Fattman, Representative Poirier, and House Minority Leader Jones for meeting with us to discuss victims’ rights and advocacy,” said New Hope Executive Director, Kim Thomas adding “We look forward to working together”
“The opportunity that we have before us to educate and provide resources to the victims of domestic and sexual violence, and those who advocate on their behalf is invaluable,” said Representative Poirier. “I look forward to the continued progression of legislation relative to furthering the awareness of this issue.”
New Hope, Inc., a non-profit human service agency whose mission is “Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence in Our Community,” with over 30 years of experience providing crisis intervention and prevention services, welcomes the opportunity to work with a bi-partisan group of legislators including Representative Fattman to ensure that our state supports all survivors of violence.