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More than half

by Jessica Vega Pederson

More than half of Oregon’s women and girls have reported being the victim of domestic or sexual violence.

Recently, Governor Kate Brown made the brave decision to disclose that she had been a victim. At the same event, her opponent Bud Pierce said:

“A woman that has a great education and training and a great job is not susceptible to this kind of abuse by men, women or anyone.” He’s putting the onus on women for the abuse, which is absolutely the wrong way to look at the situation.

Although he’s apologized, it’s clear that Bud Pierce doesn’t get it. Oregon needs leaders that will defend survivors of domestic violence and fight for laws and policies to end it. In 2015, I fought to close the loopholes that allow violent partners to get guns. At Multnomah County, I’ll continue to fight to protect and support survivors of domestic violence.

As we close Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and near Election Day, let’s stand together for leaders like Governor Kate Brown that will combat domestic violence.

Posted on November 30, 2016.

Meet Jessica

I am a mother, a business professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

As Multnomah County Commissioner I’ve fought to make sure every member of our community has what they need to succeed. I want to make Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. I'm ready to get to work and I hope you'll join us!

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