MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Senator Amy Klobuchar's office has announced she will take Senator Al Franken's spot on a bill that would help sexual assault survivors seek justice.
Abby Honold approached Franken about creating the bill after she was raped at the University of Minnesota three years ago, by one of Franken's former interns. The rapist, Daniel Drill-Mellum was convicted last year.
Honold said she wanted the way assault victims were interviewed by police to change. She remembers her interview vividly, and feels it could have gone much better.
“When I would remember a piece of information during my interview, he would stop me from sharing it because he wanted me to go in chronological order,” said Honold. “I felt myself shutting down and not wanting to talk to him anymore. I just wanted it to be over and I just wanted to go home.”
After the allegations against Franken came out, many requested that he remove his name from that bill.
On Saturday, Klobuchar's State Director released a statement:
"Senator Klobuchar spoke with Abby this morning. They had a good conversation, and Senator Klobuchar told Abby that she will be sponsoring the bill."