Investigate Rep. Brian Stout: A group of state legislators and advocates have requested that the leadership of the Oregon House look into allegations that newly elected member Brian Stout sexually assaulted a woman during his campaign.
A Columbia County circuit judge issued a five-year restraining order against Stout in November, as reported by WW last month (R-Clatskanie). According to court documents, a lady claimed Stout sexually abused her and then threatened to push her down a cliff. She also claimed he threatened to slash her throat.
Legislators And Victim Rights Groups Call Upon House Leaders To Investigate Rep. Brian Stout
Court records reveal that on November 7th, the woman petitioned the Columbia County Circuit Court for a protective order due to sexual abuse. The order was granted by a judge that very day. (We do not disclose the identities of victims of sexual assault per company policy.)
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Marchel Marcos, political director of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon and founder of Voice for Survivors, initiated the open letter to legislators with the purpose of protecting the Capitol employees and the Oregonians she brings there as part of her work.
Marcos states, “I do not wish to expose any members of my community to a harsh situation.”
A copy of a letter from Voice for Survivors was sent to legislators, with requests that they “engage in the steps needed to determine if Representative Brian Stout violated any relevant laws, rules, and ethical guidelines and to hold him accountable for his actions as appropriate.” House Speaker Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis), House Minority Leader Vikki Breese-Iverson (R-Prineville), and others were copied on the letter.
Legislative leaders are also urged to conduct “safety assessments” and “take all actions necessary to prevent retaliation towards people who step forward with concerns or participate in conduct-related processes and to provide appropriate accommodations to people who have experienced harm so that they can continue to fully participate in legislative spaces and processes,” according to the group’s statement.
When contacted on his personal phone, Stout did not immediately respond. Calls and emails to his office were unanswered.
Amid the pageantry of swearing-in ceremonies, two Oregon lawmakers asked for an investigation of their new colleague, Rep. Brian Stout, who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman during his campaign. @AnthonyEffPDX reports. https://t.co/yVh9TdGOBn
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Legislators Khanh Pham (D-Portland), Hoa Nguyen (D-Portland), and Akasha Lawrence-Spence (D, Ore.) all put their names on the Voice for Survivors letter. Citrine Solutions Political Consulting LLC, APANO, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon are just a few of the groups that have signed.
In the realms of politics and policy, Voice for Survivors advocates on behalf of victims of sexual and domestic violence.
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In a letter to the Oregon legislature, Voice for Survivors praised their dedication to transparency and better workplace safety. The decision to remove Mike Nearman in June of 2021 and the efforts to hold former Rep. Diego Hernandez accountable, which finally led to his resignation in March of 2021, were both bipartisan moves that ensured everyone’s safety in the State Capitol.
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