by NW Spotlight
Even California’s “Governor Moonbeam”, a Democrat, has more moral fiber than Oregon Democrats. California Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed a bill that would have given preferential treatment to sexual abusers who happened to be public employees.
Gov. Brown said the “bill raised questions of equal treatment of public and private employers.” Speaking on the issue of fairness for victims of sexual abuse, Gov. Brown said “The children assaulted by Jerry Sandusky at Penn State or the teachers at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles are no less worthy because of the nature of the institution they attended.”
If only Democrats in Oregon had that kind of moral fiber.
But they don’t. As Oregon Catalyst reported back in June:
“A 2006 editorial in the Oregonian commented on how Oregon children who are sexually abused by public employees don’t have the same protection under the law as children who are sexually abused by anyone else – including by Boy Scout leaders or priests.
House Republicans attempted to right that injustice this legislative session with HB 3541. But in a vote this week that fell along party lines, Oregon House Democrats decided that they cared more about the money and support they get from public employee unions than they care about the victims of sexual abuse.”
If Gov. Kitzhaber cared as much about the victims of sexual abuse as his counterpart Gov. Brown in California, he could have used the influence he’s demonstrated with PERS reform and education reform to convince fellow Democrats to provide the victims of sexual abuse by public employees the same protection that other sexual abuse victims receive. But he didn’t.
Gov. Brown mentioned the sexual abuse victims at a California elementary school. From the June 2013 Oregon Catalyst article, here’s a list of recent examples of teachers and other school employees who have been charged with sex abuse in Oregon: