1/29/19 Statement

As students, feminists, and executive board members of the Pennsylvania College Democrats, we firmly believe those who represent us should be held to a high moral standard. Bringing forth an accusation of misconduct is not an easy decision to make, so we respect the privacy and autonomy of the individuals who brought forth serious and credible accusations regarding State Sen. Daylin Leach. A culture that normalizes sexual assault and sexual harassment has existed in Harrisburg for far too long, and across the political spectrum. When State Sen. Ellis was accused of sexual assault, Gov. Wolf called for his resignation. When Rep. Miccarelli was accused of domestic violence and sexual assault, he called for the same. Now, with a Democratic lawmaker, the response should be the same. We encourage our members to individually and collectively demand more from our leaders and support survivors.