WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met this week with Cleveland residents Jamal Baker, Lorenzo Burgess, and Jerome Baker, young leaders of Whoaman, an organization working to end domestic violence and sexual assault against women. They were joined by Whoaman organizer Tyrone White. Jamal Baker graduated from Max S. Hayes High School. Burgess graduated from Glenville High School. Jerome Baker, who attended Benedictine High School, will play football at The Ohio State University in the fall. The group attended Brown’s weekly coffee with constituents during their visit to Washington, D.C.
The Whoaman Movement has partnered with local officials, including Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty and Cuyahoga County Judge Dick Ambrose, in hosting seminars to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence.
“It was an honor to meet these young men who have stepped up to help make their community safer,” Brown said. “I applaud Whoaman’s work to help end domestic violence and sexual assault.”
Brown continues to champion sexual assault and domestic violence prevention. In April, the Senate unanimously adopted Brown’s bipartisan amendment to incentivize states to pass laws allowing women to petition for the termination of their attacker’s parental rights if there is clear and convincing evidence that the child was conceived through rape. Last Congress, Brown worked with his colleagues to pass the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, legislation aimed at cracking down on domestic violence and abuse and ensuring that law enforcement officials have the tools necessary to safely address incidents of domestic violence.