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Dutchess legislators continue to call for censuring Incoronato over rape comments

POUGHKEEPSIE – Some Dutchess County legislators are still steaming over a comment Republican legislator Joseph Incoronato is reported to have made at a committee meeting in June, suggesting that rape victims who have had alcohol or drugs may have ‘induced’ the attack.

Democrat Minority Leader Micki Strawinski wasn’t letting go of it during the legislature’s monthly meeting Tuesday night.

“As minority leader and as a woman who knows more than a few people who have been victims of sexual assault, I’m very, very concerned about the hypocrisy of not censuring legislator Incoronato for his ignorant and disparaging remarks related to alcohol being responsible for behavior that leads to rape,” Strawinski said. 

She noted that legislator Joel Tyner was censured for remarks construed as insulting to one person.  Incoronato’s remarks, she said, insulted every victim of sexual assault. 

Republican Angela Flesland, who said it is still an opportunity for a “strong statement,” concurred with Strawinski.

“We need to show that this is a problem, that it is never the fault of the victim, and that when someone says, and if someone, God forbid, says that they were sexually assaulted, that we would start by believing, not saying ‘what were you wearing, what were you doing, no,’ because that is never the reason,” Flesland said.

Incoronato, present for the meeting, did not respond. 

 


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