As senators huddle, Healey and Suffolk DA invite assault victims to come forward

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As senators met in an extended private caucus to mull leadership of that branch, Attorney General Maura Healey and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley announced Monday afternoon that they are hoping anyone sexually harassed or assaulted by Senate President Stanley Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner will be willing to talk with investigators.

The two senior prosecutors said they were prepared to open a joint investigation into the allegations made by four men through the Boston Globe that Hefner groped or kissed them against their will.

"As is typical in any potential sexual assault investigation, our first necessary step is to speak with survivors and others with direct knowledge of the allegations. This is important not only to gather information but to understand the nature of their experience and to provide access to the supports and services we offer every survivor through our offices," Healey and Conley said.

They said, "We ask anyone with this information to contact either office, and we remind every survivor of sexual assault that they can count on us to provide a safe, respectful, victim-centered environment, no matter what the circumstances might be. Sexual assault is a crime and we want to send a clear message that harassment and assault of any kind will not be

tolerated."

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