The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported a third alleged assault three years earlier. The victim was an aide to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who informed Johnson, his chief of staff, and a Waukesha County GOP official at the time, though no one took action.
Although Johnson did not violate laws by not reporting the crime, he has had a spotted voting record on taking sexual abuse and harassment seriously. In 2010, Johnson testified against a bill that would have made it easier for victims of child abuse to sue their abusers. Explaining that the bill would “likely create” “economic havoc,” Johnson said he thought trial lawyers would benefit from the Child Victims Act, but not the actual victims. “This bill could actually have the perverse effect of leading to additional victims of sexual abuse,” he claimed, “if individuals, recognizing that their organizations are at risk, become less likely to report suspected abuse.”
Last February, Johnson was one of 22 Senators, all Republican, who voted against an expanded reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. At the time, he claimed that the bill’s provisions for Native American rape survivors an “unconstitutional expansion of tribal authority.”
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Maddow: Dumb Ron Johnson's backhanded attitude toward the victims of Sexual Predators.
Instead of editing for time, here's the MSNBC long version of the Dumb Ron Johnson/Rep. Bill Kramer sexual assault story, compliments of Rachel Maddow, that shows just how much he cares about women's issues. As noted below from the nice summary provided by Think Progress, Johnson is a powerful defender of predator rights.