The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts has offered to hear from one of the women accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, saying in a statement that office “resources” are available to her and underscoring that victims can come forward without being compelled to testify at trial.
District Attorney Rachael Rollins explained in a statement Wednesday that her office is “a safe, survivor-centered environment for anyone to disclose a sexual assault.”
“These are unique circumstances. We wouldn’t normally discuss a matter like this publicly, but the decision was made to self-identify and I’d be remiss if I didn’t make my office and its resources available to her—and to other survivors who might be following the case and wrestling with whether to come forward to law enforcement,” Rollins said.
“We wouldn’t compel a sexual assault victim to testify at trial,” she continued. “My goal is to make sure that anyone wrestling with this question is aware of the options available here…We stand ready to assist in making those connections, regardless of any potential charges.”
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