Every victim of sexual assault deserves to be heard! I served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office from 1999 through 2006. for the last three years of my tenure with that office I was assigned to the Child Abuse unit prosecuting mostly sexual assault cases. Since that time I have spent nearly every day in court as a DUI defense attorney.

In watching the hearings, and surrounding publicity, regarding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh I was struck by the fact that the political process had negatively changed the discussion about sexual assault in this country. Republican U.S. Senators argued that the sexual assault allegation raised by Dr. Ford, Ms. Ramirez and others were "unsubstantiated" and that there was no "corroborating evidence". I watched in disgust as this has become the new narrative in which sexual assault is discussed and analyzed in this country.

Frankly, the results of the ridiculously narrow FBI investigation into the allegations are irrelevant - nothing more than a way to give cover to those who wanted to put a man credibly accused of sexual assault onto the highest court in the land. Until the mid 1970's state rape statutes across the country actually required "corroborating evidence" to sustain a conviction and many states also required a "prompt complaint" for an attacker to be prosecuted. Around that time, it was recognized that those requirements were not realistic and did nothing more than protect sexual predators from prosecution. Thus, the current law in Pennsylvania is that a defendant may be convicted based upon the victim's testimony alone. I personally prosecuted, and convicted, many predators based solely upon the victim's testimony.

After this confirmation process the public now speaks of "corroboration" as if it were a requirement when it is not. The effect of this change of narrative is that future sexual assault victims will be even less likely to speak up. Why bother when there may not be "corroborating evidence" and they have been taught that no one will believe them. As a former sexual assault prosecutor this frightens me. As the father of my 12 year old daughter I am terrified that she will grow up in a world which discusses sexual assault in this manner.

Therefore, I plan to run for the position of Judge of Common Pleas Court where I can assure that all victims of sexual assault have the right to be heard and to seek justice.  By contributing to my campaign you can help me assure that future sexual assault victims are not marginalized and have a safe forum in which to seek justice.


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “I heartily endorse George Heym in his quest to become a judge. I have known him perhaps longer than any person now alive, and because of my almost 80 years on this planet can attest to his superior, steadfast, and inherent sense of justice and morality. He is the personification of humility supported by strength of character, with a spirit dedicated to respecting each and every client, neighbor, friend and stranger in his life. I heartily commend him to the electorate and urge you to vote for him in pursuit of a judgeship.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse George Heym because he is brilliant, moral, and kind”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse George Heym because he is a man of great honor and character. He would make an excellent judge and I am so excited to support him in this endeavor.”

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “I heartily endorse George Heym in his quest to become a judge. I have known him perhaps longer than any person now alive, and because of my almost 80 years on this planet can attest to his superior, steadfast, and inherent sense of justice and morality. He is the personification of humility supported by strength of character, with a spirit dedicated to respecting each and every client, neighbor, friend and stranger in his life. I heartily commend him to the electorate and urge you to vote for him in pursuit of a judgeship.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse George Heym because he is brilliant, moral, and kind”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I endorse George Heym because he is a man of great honor and character. He would make an excellent judge and I am so excited to support him in this endeavor.”