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Female Janitors Want Protection From Rape | Women United To Hold Rally

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Female janitors rallied in downtown Los Angeles Thursday, urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill that would give them greater protections against sexual assault.

The women and their supporters rallied in Pershing Square, saying they’ve been victimized on the night shift when they’re especially vulnerable. One woman told NBC4 her story after a supervisor stalked her before attacking her at a building in Santa Monica.

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“He was like a ghost,” Leticia Soto, rape survivor, said in Spanish. “He would show up behind me in this building late at night. He would sit there watch me, and look at me up and down.”The bill would require more training to prevent sexual assaults and sexual harassment.

It would also require all janitorial contractors to register with the state. “Imagine what happens in these buildings late at night when the lights go out,” Service Employees International Union’s Alejandra Valles said. Supporters at the rally said many women don’t report the rapes because of fear of being deported.

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