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Concord Monitor March 21, 2020
“We know that in times of crisis, instability and financial stress, we see an increase in violence by abusers, and we expect that to happen here in New Hampshire,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. “We’re brainstorming ways in this era where we can provide new types of remote services or text services, while making sure we maintain confidentiality and privacy. The world may be in isolation but we want victims to know you’re not alone.”
Seacoast Online March 18, 2020
Pamela Keilig, public policy specialist at the NHCADSV, said the coalition is urging governmental officials to reject the “reckless policies.”
“We cannot pretend that prison reform, especially in a time of crisis, would not have negative consequences on victims and public safety,” Keilig said. “Such actions cannot be made without careful consideration and discretion and any attempt at a blanket approach would place the countless survivors that we serve in jeopardy. Victims of domestic and sexual violence are just as vulnerable to COVID-19, and deserve protection, as well as the security in knowing they won’t be subject to further abuse, when they were promised protection and justice under the law.
US News March 14, 2020
The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence backed the House version, which would specifically criminalize sexual contact between primary or secondary school employees and any student, regardless of the student's age or the use of coercion. It also would criminalize sexual contact between 16- and 17-year-olds and anyone in a position of authority outside of school, including camp counselors, coaches, clergy and scout leaders.
Concord Monitor March 9, 2020
“We’re grateful to the sponsors of the three bills introduced this session aimed at closing glaring loopholes in the law that were brought to light by cases involving Howie Leung,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, the coalition’s director of public affairs. “Many citizens in Concord were shocked to learn that those working at schools and summer camps aren’t expressly prohibited from having sexual contact with teens over the age of 16. An outcry from these citizens led to the introduction of these bills, and it’s become clear that parents across the state hope that the legislature will prioritize these bills and quickly strengthen our laws.”
Seacoast Online February 29, 2020
Linda Douglas, trauma informed services specialist at the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said, “Between now and the ’70s, people who’ve been sexually assaulted have more resources, more places to turn to than they did then. And they have more knowledge of that information.”
Asked about the question of age of consent, Douglas said, “People who are over the age of consent are still sexually assaulted.”
Sentinel Source February 28, 2020
According to the Concord-based New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, of which MCVP is a member, one in every four females in the state has been sexually assaulted, with 41 percent of assaults reported to have occurred before the age of 18.
Additionally, the coalition says, one in every 20 New Hampshire males has been sexually assaulted, with 68 percent of those assaults happening before the victim’s 18th birthday.