Klobuchar to Champion Sexual Assault Bill After Franken Allegations

Al Franken and Abby Honold at a press conference last month Photo: Twitter photo courtesy of Abby Honold
Al Franken and Abby Honold at a press conference last month

November 18, 2017 10:31 PM

Sen. Amy Klobuchar will help champion a sexual assault bill that was originally introduced by Sen. Al Franken.

The change comes after a Los Angeles radio anchor said Franken forcibly kissed her during a 2006 USO tour. Leeann Tweeden also said Franken posed for a photo with his hand on her breasts as she slept.

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Abby Honold, a sexual assault survivor and advocate, announced Saturday that Klobuchar's office would help champion the bill.

"Happy to announce that my legislation for sexual assault victims will be championed by @amyklobuchar's office," Honold's tweet read.

Klobuchar's office confirmed the senator planned to sponsor the bill.

"Sen. Klobuchar spoke with Abby this morning. They had a good conversation, and Sen. Klobuchar told Abby that she will be sponsoring the bill," Ben Hill, Klobuchar's state director, said.

Last month, Honold stood side-by-side with Franken at a press conference announcing the bill. However, after the allegations came out, Honold said she would like someone else to help champion the bill.

RELATED: Twin Cities Sexual Assault Victim Doesn't Want Franken's Name on Legislation

"I don't want this bill, which could help so many people, to be associated with this kind of behavior," Honold said in a previous interview with KSTP.

In her tweet, Honold said she was appreciative of the support from Franken's office.

The bill is designed to provide funding for training first responders on ways of interviewing victims who have been traumatized.

 

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