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Union Leader January 9, 2021
Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, said the prospect of abusers getting out is wreaking havoc in the lives of survivors.
"In one case, a survivor was forced to leave the safety of her own home and to seek confidential housing in order to protect herself from a dangerous abuser who petitioned for release due to health concerns around COVID. No victim or family member should ever be displaced because the system decided their offender's safety was more important than theirs," she said.
US News & World Report December 30, 2020
New Hampshire will make multiple changes to state laws regarding sexual assault. Starting Jan. 1, the definition of sexual assault will be expanded to include any sexual contact between school employees and students between the ages of 13 and 18. Previously, such contact could be considered consensual and not a crime if the student was 16 or 17. Other legislation taking effect in mid-January increases protections for sexual assault victims and requires colleges and universities to adopt sexual misconduct policies. The bill requires colleges to provide free access to medical and legal support services, anti-retaliation protections, confidential advising services, data on sexual violence, and prevention and response training.
Foster's Daily Democrat October 21, 2020
The executive director of the N.H. Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence is “deeply concerned” about the recent indictment of a former Dover police officer.
A Strafford County grand jury indicted Ronald “R.J.” Letendre, 47, of Rollinsford, for allegedly taking a portion of seized drugs during a police investigation in 2016.
NHCADSV Executive Director Lyn Schollett stated, “The recent indictment raises more questions about R.J. Letendre’s conduct during his time as a sworn police officer for the city of Dover.”
Union Leader October 19, 2020
Meanwhile, the head of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence said St. Paul’s prioritizes its status over the well-being of its students.
“Students have continued to disclose that they have felt bullied and silenced by the school, the same conduct that Mr. Maher reports in his resignation letter has been inflicted upon him,” reads a statement issued by Lyn Schollett, executive director of the coalition. “The news of Mr. Maher’s resignation represents a betrayal to past and current students who believed in good faith that the school had its best interests at heart.”
Union Leader October 8, 2020
Amanda Grady Sexton, public affairs director for the coalition, said the guidelines were written without input from her organization, crisis centers or victim-witness advocates in prosecutors’ offices.
She said she is not surprised by the Cheshire County victim’s decision. Victims grapple with such feelin
Union Leader October 8, 2020
Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs at the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence in Concord, said statewide hotline statistics aren’t available for September yet, but so far this year there has been a 7% increase in domestic and sexual violence calls.
Union Leader October 5, 2020
The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence believes the court should rethink whether to livestream cases that involve intimate partners, said Amanda Grady Sexton, the organization’s director of public affairs.
In most trials, judges can take steps to protect victims, and the media is willing to not publicize names and images of sexual assault victims, she said. That protection is lost in a livestream.
Concord Monitor September 26, 2020
“Prior to this legislation, statutes in New Hampshire limited survivors of sexual assault to seek justice within an arbitrary timeframe,” said Pamela Keilig, public policy specialist at the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, in an emailed statement. “With the passage of this bill, that is no longer the case.”
Concord Monitor September 4, 2020
Amanda Grady Sexton was recognized by the Concord Regional VNA with the Kay Sidway Award. It is presented annually to an individual who has devoted himself or herself to the education, nurturing and well-being of families in any one of the communities served by Concord Regional VNA. Grady Sexton works with victims of crime and their families to advance the legal rights of victims on the local, state, and federal levels. She has worked to strengthen New Hampshire’s domestic and sexual violence statutes, to extend the statute of limitations for sexual assault victims, to pass laws to criminalize human trafficking and more.
Union Leader July 20, 2020
CONCORD — Gov. Chris Sununu called on a one-term Republican state representative to resign immediately following his arrest on domestic violence charges. According to published reports, Robert L. Forsythe, 38, was arrested last June 28 with local police accusing him of choking an intimate partner who was pregnant. He’s out on bail following his arrest on felony and misdemeanor domestic violence charges.
New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence’s Karin Ashton said in a statement: “These egregious crimes he has been charged with include strangulation, which is a particularly lethal form of abuse and is known to be a common precursor to domestic violence homicide. All perpetrators must be held accountable, but elected officials who work on legislation that impacts public safety must be held to the highest standards in order to uphold the integrity of our laws and have the trust of their constituents.”
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