NewsPublic Affairs / July 7, 2018

Protesters Gather To Call For Attorney General Curtis Hill's Resignation

A small group of protesters gathered at the Statehouse Saturday to support the four women accusing Attorney General Curtis Hill of sexual misconduct.2018-07-07T00:00:00-04:00
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Protesters Gather To Call For Attorney General Curtis Hill's Resignation

Reps. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis) and Karlee Macer (D-Indianapolis) joined the protest at the statehouse Saturday. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

A small group of protesters gathered at the Statehouse Saturday to support the four women accusing Attorney General Curtis Hill of sexual misconduct at a party in March.

Victim advocates gathered with a number of women state lawmakers to protest against Attorney General Curtis Hill. 

Lael Hill is the founder of the Indiana Coalition of Crime Victims Rights. She says Curtis Hill's history as an aggressive prosecutor in Elkhart is one of the reasons she voted for him in 2016.

But now, in light of the allegations, Lael Hill wants him to resign.

“This isn’t about party politics – partisan politics. This is about victims of sexual abuse. And about these four brave women that came forward,” she says.

Several women state lawmakers joined the protest, including Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis). Pryor authored an amendment last session requiring yearly sexual harassment training for the legislature.

She says Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon’s (D-Munster) decision to identify herself as one of Hill’s accusers was courageous.

“I was glad that she told her story," Pryor says. "Because too often people don’t believe women. And I don’t think that we can do that.”

Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault CEO Tracey Horth Krueger spoke at the rally. She says these kinds of situations become messy and political.

"It's very important that the victims involved in this particular situation know that they're believed, that we heard them and that we support them and that we stand with them. And that is the only reason that we're here today," Horth Krueger says.

Since the allegations became public last week, Gov. Eric Holcomb and legislative leaders have called for Curtis Hill’s resignation. So far, Curtis Hill has strongly denied the allegations and says he's not stepping down.

 

 

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