Senator Leyva Issues Statement Regarding CCAEJ

Friday, July 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) issued the following statement in light of recent allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment against the former Executive Director of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ):

“As a strong advocate for uplifting the voices of survivors and supporting them as they seek accountability and justice, I stand with the various individuals—particularly women—that have recently come forward to speak their truth.  It takes tremendous courage for survivors to speak up against those who hurt them. It is so important that we empower survivors by believing and listening to them.  Clearly, the allegations against the former Executive Director of CCAEJ are beyond troubling and deserve further investigation by the proper authorities.”

“Though the #MeToo, #TimesUp and #WeSaidEnough movements may have brought to light many of the offensive and oftentimes illegal experiences faced by primarily women in recent years, the reality is that sexual assault and sexual harassment have been a pervasive and unacceptable reality for countless Californians for many decades.  As a State Senator, I have had the privilege of working—and passing—historic legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations on rape, require the prompt testing of rape kits, criminalize sextortion and ban secret settlements in sexual harassment, assault and discrimination cases.  I will continue fighting for the rights of all Californians—including women, since their voices and rights are oftentimes minimized and silenced—to seek accountability and justice.”