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Ohio Women Speak Out Against Supreme Court Justices Judi French, Sharon Kennedy

In 2016, Ohio Supreme Court Justices Judi French and Sharon Kennedy ruled against a child sexual assault victim, denying her the full measure of justice, and now she is speaking out, joined by another survivor whose case hangs in the balance, as French and Kennedy face Ohio voters for re-election.

“Justices Judi French and Sharon Kennedy have both ruled against victims of horrific child abuse and sexual assault and denied them the full measure of justice,” said Ohio Democratic Party Communications Director Kirstin Alvanitakis. “Now these victims are raising their voices and calling for change on the Ohio Supreme Court. Ohio voters need to hear their stories because we need new justices who stand up for victims of rape and sexual assault.”

Today the Ohio Democratic Party released a video with Jessica Simpkins and Amanda Brandt, who discuss how the court has turned its back on victims.

Yesterday during a news conference, Simpkins spoke with reporters about her case, in which French wrote the opinion and Kennedy concurred, overruling a jury’s award and siding with her rapist’s enablers.

Simpkins said of French and Kennedy’s decision, “Since I can live a normal life and play basketball and do things a normal person could do, it must’ve not affected me — it’s disheartening to hear somebody say that, especially somebody who’s making decisions for the state of Ohio and justice.”

In a statement, Simpkins said, “I want a court that cares about justice for child rape victims like me.”

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Ohio Women Lead Conversation on Motherhood

Last week Ohio Women Lead hosted a conversation about balancing motherhood and working and the coronavirus’ economic impact on women. State Rep. Erica Crawley, state Rep. Kristin Boggs, Columbus City Councilmember Liz Brown and Ohio Senate candidate Crystal Lett talked about their experiences and what they can do for mothers.

Desiree Tims Launches First Ad

Last week Desiree Tims, the Democratic nominee in Ohio’s 10th Congressional District, released her first television ad of the cycle, highlighting the strong work ethic she learned from her grandfather growing up in Dayton. Click here to watch and share!

Hillary O’Connor Mueri Endorsed by EMILY’s List

EMILY’s List is dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office and infusing our government with leaders who will drive meaningful change. They recently announced their endorsement of Hillary O’Connor Mueri, who is challenging Congressman Dave Joyce in Ohio’s 14th Congressional District.

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This Election Is Too Important To Wait Until Election Day

Now is the time to make sure your voter registration is up to date, or if you haven’t yet, register to vote! Visit MakeItCountOhio.com to check your registration, request your vote-by-mail ballot and more.

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Kathy DiCristofaro, Chair
Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus

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