Philly NOW: Williams Should Prosecute Alleged Sexual Assault
Gwen Snyder, a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the DNC, filed a police report stating that fellow delegate Walter Weeks had sexually assaulted her around 2 a.m. on July 28th.
“I made a report less than 12 hours after it happened. I gave them witness contact information, gave them my attacker’s name, travelled in the back of a squad car for 90 minutes in order to give a statement, everything,” Snyder said of her ordeal. “I don’t know what else I could have done.”
Snyder also reported the incident to the hotel where she was staying and the alleged assault occurred and to DNC officials. Neither institution, however, took any significant action.
The Doubletree Hotel, where Snyder and Weeks were staying, has a policy that when an incident is reported to police, either both the victim and the attacker are evicted or neither is. Not wanting to miss the convention, Snyder opted to stay.
Meanwhile, DNC officials did not know how to go about stripping Weeks of his credentials. Therefore, he was allowed to remain at the convention.
Snyder has penned an open letter to Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden asking them for help in bettering the Democratic Party’s and government’s responses to sexual assault.
Philadelphia NOW is pushing Williams to prosecute the case. The grouped slammed the DA for failing to do his job, with this being the latest example. The group also hit Williams for keeping staff involved in the porngate scandal.
Especially concerning for Philly NOW is that it seems that Weeks was not charged because prosecutors were worried they couldn’t show Weeks knew that Snyder wasn’t consenting because he was drunk.
“I’m beyond disappointed by the DA’s office current position on this matter. Sexual harassment must not go unchecked. It sets a terrible precedent and sends the wrong message” Natalie Catin, President of Philadelphia NOW said in a statement.
Snyder herself has also launched an online petition calling on Williams to “apologize for your [William’s] office’s choice to use alcohol consumption by a perpetrator as a factor in deciding whether or not to prosecute cases of sexual violence, and we demand that you prosecute my case to the full extent of the law.”