Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Giunchigliani is calling an attack over her involvement in exempting teachers from a sex offender reporting bill while she was an assemblywoman “untrue” and “offensive” in a new ad released today.
In the 30-second spot, Giunchigliani shares that she was sexually abused for over a year as a child and that her sister was kidnapped, held in a trailer and raped for three days. She also highlights five pieces of legislation she helped pass as an assemblywoman to increase penalties for sexual predators, make information concerning victims of sexual assault confidential and other changes related to domestic violence and sexual assault.
The ad comes as a pushback to an ad from the Clark County Education Association, which is backing Sisolak, which says that Giunchigliani “single-handedly protected perverts and kept parents in the dark about their child’s teacher.” That ad points to a recent Reno Gazette-Journal story examining Giunchigliani’s role in exempting teachers from a proposed law that would have expanded reporting laws for sex offenders, submitting an amendment to that bill during the 2005 legislative session that undid the proposed expansion.
“An eight year old girl was sexually abused for over a year. Her sister was kidnapped, held in a trailer, and raped for three days. I’m Chris G, and that eight-year-old girl was me,” Giunchigliani says in the ad. “Now Steve Sisolak says I’d let child molesters go free? It’s untrue and it’s offensive.”
The ad is running this week as part of the campaign’s ongoing six-figure buy.
Giunchigliani previously shared the sexual abuse she suffered and her sister’s story in response to the Reno Gazette-Journal story, and said that she was offended by the suggestion that she isn’t tough on sexual predators.
“I haven’t spoken publicly on this, but this issue is deeply personal for me,” she told the Reno Gazette-Journal in a statement. “When I was 8 years old, I was sexually abused by an extended family member. It’s something I’ve had to live with every day. My sister was kidnapped, held in a trailer and raped for three days. The perpetrator went to jail where he belonged. Standing up for victims and their families is something I have always done and always will.”
In the ad, Giunchigliani promises to do “everything I can to protect our children.”
“I live with these memories. Steve Sisolak has to live with himself,” Giunchigliani says.
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