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Sexual Assault Victim Reacts to Dumler Decision

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

June 2, 2013

As Albemarle County supervisor Chris Dumler continues to represent the Scottsville district, there is more fallout from Friday's decision in court.

A judge ruled against hundreds of petitioners wanting Dumler off the board after he pleaded guilty to a sexual battery charge.

A local victim of sexual assault and SARA supporter has spoken out after the decision was made.

She says it's not a good sign for the future and for what the younger generations might now believe is OK in our society.

"It's a public figure that's supposed to be a role model especially for younger men because he is a man," Chelsea Stearns said. "It's going to make them look at it and say, 'Well he did it, he pleaded guilty, you know he was OK about it, he was so relaxed about it. I can do it, I can get away with it.' But it's never OK to do what he did. It's never, ever OK to do that."

She says there can never be too much awareness about things like this happening and letting all girls know to use the buddy system and saying "no" as many times as it takes.

"You hear about it happening in bigger cities with bigger politicians and you would never think it would happen here in Charlottesville."

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