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NBC4: Impact of Cuomo's Resignation on Survivors of Sexual Assault

NBC4 - Meg Dennis SARNCO

On August 10, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation following a report from the state's attorney general that found Cuomo had sexually harassed 11 women.  While Cuomo claims he never touched anyone in an inappropriate manner, he did admit that some of his behavior could make others uncomfortable.  

"In my mind, I've never crossed the line with anyone," Cuomo said in his resignation announcement. "But I didn't realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn. There are generational and cultural shifts that I just didn't fully appreciate. And I should have — no excuses."

Following the announcement, NBC4 reporter Eric Halperin spoke with Meg Dennis, manager of the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO).  

"Intent versus impact are two different things. Whether he intended to or not, the impact is still the same for the survivor," Dennis told NBC4.  "Someone needs to always have more self-awarenes and always get consent."

If you or someone you know needs assistnace following a sexual assualt, SARNCO is here to help you.  Click here to visit the SARNCO website or call the 24/7 statewide hotline at 844-OHIO-HELP.