A group of state senators wants to flip the narrative at the Capitol.
The talk this week has centered on Sen. Bill Kintner’s behavior which led to his resignation: cybersex on a state-owned computer and a retweet which mocked participants in the Women’s March in Washington.
Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln says the group wants to turn the attention away from Kintner and toward the victims of sexual assault; in short they want to change the dialogue.
“This is not OK,” Bolz tells reporters. “This dialogue is not OK and there are people in the body who are doing things about it and need to make the public more aware that there are people in this body standing up for the rights of potential victims.”
Though Bolz is a Democrat, she says the legislation being promoted is bipartisan and has attracted a lot of support from both sides of the political aisle.
“I guarantee that people of all political stripes care and people of all types of backgrounds, from all geographical districts, from all personal standpoints with all types of human experiences care and think that action should be taken,” according to Bolz.
Proposed bills would allow sexual assault victims to seek protection orders similar to those granted to victims of domestic abuse, would make it unlawful for a person in a supervisory position to have sex with a teenager he supervises, and prohibit someone convicted of sexual assault from gaining parental rights if the assault leads to the birth of a child.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.