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Symposium on Sexual Harassment and Violence

Elizabeth Waickman, Communications Director
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Krish Vignarajah, Democratic Candidate for Maryland Governor, Hosts Symposium on Sexual Harassment and Violence

Wednesday, February 28, 2018‐‐GAITHERSBURG, Md.‐‐Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, Democratic candidate for Maryland Governor and the only woman running for Governor, kicks off a celebration of March as Women’s History Month with a free public symposium on sexual harassment at Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

As part of her promise to seek and implement solutions that will help eliminate sexual harassment and assault at all levels, Krish is hosting and moderating a panel discussion of experts and activists working to develop solutions to ensure lasting change.

“Too many women have said ‘#MeToo’ in Maryland and across our nation,” Krish said. “It is inspiring to see the public outcry and demand for action generated by these difficult public declarations. We have to honor the courage of survivors everywhere and seize this moment to guarantee that sexual harassment and violence is once and for all a part of our past.”

Last November, Krish—working along with Ashley Judd, one of the leading advocates of the #MeToo movement—released a comprehensive plan for addressing sexual harassment and violence. In a groundbreaking, first‐in‐the‐nation proposal that was featured on CBSNews, Krish proposed creating a new state agency focused on ending sexual harassment and sexual violence everywhere. In addition to bold, concrete commitments to end the rape kit backlog, audit state offices, identify repeat offenders, and provide wrap‐around services to survivors, Krish called upon all individuals seeking public office starting with her fellow candidates for Governor to affirm that they have not engaged in sexual harassment or sexual assault.

The panel will feature Fabiana Diaz, a contributor to the book We Believe You: Survivor’s of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out who has been featured in HBO VICE: “Campus Cover‐Up”; Laura Dunn, a nationally recognized victim‐turned‐victims’ rights attorney whose work has been featured by The New York Times, HBO Vice, National Law Journal, Rolling Stone Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, MSNBC, and TIME Magazine; Christine Fei who currently serves at End Rape on Campus, and previously worked at FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, a Baltimore‐based survivor‐led grassroots group focusing on rape and promoting a culture of consent; and Madelynn Wellons, student activist, member of the Sexual Assault Resource Unit on campus and JHU Sophomore.

Wednesday’s public symposium will be held at Johns Hopkins University in Hodson Hall, Room 110.

Refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.
Panel participation does not imply endorsement.

To learn more and support Krish campaign, visit Connect with the campaign on Twitter @KrishForMD and Facebook @KrishForMaryland.

“I am running for Governor because I am worried my daughter and all children in Maryland will not have the same opportunities my parents gave me when they brought our family here when I was a baby girl. The deficit in leadership from our current Governor could not come at a worse time.”