Two organizations have been caught in the broader results of New York Gov.’s investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by Andrew Cuomo, including a group that pushes for changes that they say will help prevent sexual assault and assault.
Roberta Kaplan, the chair of the Time’s Up group, resigned on Monday. [delete]
The second group, the Human Rights Campaign, used an outside law firm to investigate its president, Alfonso David. [delete]
Kaplan and David were both mentioned last week in a 168-page report of investigators commissioned by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Investigators said they have confirmed the claims of 11 women that Cuomo sexually assaulted or assaulted them, or both.
According to the report, Kaplan was involved in reviewing a letter prepared by a woman Lindsay Boylan in response to her allegations being made public. She was later hired by Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa, who announced her resignation late Sunday, who was said to be deeply involved in the fight against female accusers.
Kaplan and Time’s Up’s board said in a joint statement that the group’s mission is to “help accelerate change” and that most of the board and a significant portion of the staff have been sexually assaulted or harassed.
“We hold ourselves accountable. The events of last week have made it clear that our process needs to be evaluated and we intend to do so. We need more transparency about our approach to change, and we need a more inclusive process involving the broader survivor community, many of whom have done a great job fighting for women over the years.” They said.
“Robby Kaplan, Co-Chair of the Board, has stepped down from the Board. We and he agree that this is the right and proper thing to do. Our staff do incredible work and contribute to change every day. So we thank our sisters and Trusting allies not to lose sight of the wider work or in any way let the betrayal of an individual weigh them down. We don’t ask for passes. We ask for perspective,” he said.
Meanwhile, David was consulted about whether the allegations of Charlotte Bennett, another woman Cuomo harassed him, should be reported to the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER). A senior employee, after consulting with David, decided not to report the allegations, “even though on the face of it the policy requires that any supervisor who is aware of conduct of a ‘sexually harassing nature’, It should be reported to GOER,” the investigators said.
Investigators said Cuomo’s former attorney, David, also told Boylan in January 2018 that she was not subject to sexual discrimination, harassment or retaliation.
Human Rights Campaign president Morgan Cox and Jodie Patterson said in a joint statement that David’s involvement in the report is “very worrying.”
He directed the retention of an outside law firm, Sidley Austin LLP, to conduct an internal investigation.
The Human Rights Campaign has been described as promoting equality for gay, lesbian, gay and trans people.
David said in a note to employees that the details of his involvement in the report were inaccurate, making the review significant.
“Events like these trigger the experiences of other survivors, including our own HRC family,” he said. “I deeply sympathize with all survivors and understand how incidents like these can perpetuate their own trauma. What the governor has been accused of doing is reprehensible and antithetical to our values and we Let’s fight for it. I have called for his resignation and reiterated that call today.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times