The safety of women in all spaces is a civil rights and human rights issue, and the safety of women at the Oregon State Capitol is a civil liberties issue. Because these rights are fundamental, the ACLU of Oregon joins over 130 organizations and individuals who have called for the Oregon House of Representatives to ensure safety for women working at the Capitol and appropriate accountability for Representative Diego Hernandez.
Below is the ACLU of Oregon’s full statement of support for the women who were harmed by Representative Diego Hernandez, including an analysis about why resignation or expulsion is a necessary remedy here.
If you* or someone you know is in an unsafe situation, please know there are resources available for those experiencing domestic and partner violence, adapted from NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon:
211info.org (Call 211 from any phone): Offers connection to local and regional resources for food banks, housing assistance, and health care (including mental health) services (24/7)
Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence: Online statewide guide with local resources for victims, updated with program impacts due to COVID-19
Call to Safety: Call 503.235.5333 or 1.888.235.5333 (24/7)
Sexual Assault Resource Center: Call 503.640.5311 (24/7)
Raphael House of Portland: Call 503.222.6222 for emergency shelter in Portland (24/7)
Bradley Angle: Call 503.232.1528, provides services that are inclusive and accessible to all survivors of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences
Oregon Child Abuse Hotline: Call 1.855.503.SAFE (7233) (24/7)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-7233
Victim Rights Law Center: Call (855) 411-5477
*Survivors, your computer and phone use can be monitored. If this is a concern, we recommend finding a safer computer or phone. More about technology and safety is here.