District Attorney Candidates Meet in Candidate Forum in San Francisco – Part 2

The Davis Vanguard, August 8, 2019

“’It is outrageous in San Francisco, at the height of the me-too movement, that we are not doing right by the survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence,’ Leif Dautch stated. He pointed out that out of 757 reported sexual assaults last year in the city, the DA’s office only got nine convictions after trial. ‘We wonder why reporting rates are so low,’ he said.”

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DA candidates address SF’s failures in sexual assault cases

48 Hills, June 25, 2019

“Lief Dautch proposed last week that the city provide a tracking system for rape kits – an online way for survivors to monitor what’s happened to the evidence that may be critical to their case.. A simple tracking system would allow survivors real-time access to their case files – and would make it easy for them to follow the case without having to reach out to the cops or prosecutors. “Picking up the phone and making that call can be triggering,” he said. His is the most specific of any of the recent proposals.”

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DA candidates offer competing proposals to help sexual assault survivors

San Francisco Examiner, June 18, 2019

“…Dautch, meanwhile, would work with police to implement an online tracking system for providing survivors with up-to-date information on whether their rape kit has been tested or their case has been charged. “This is really about empowering survivors of sexual assault with the information they need both for their own healing process and for them to be able to hold police officers and prosecutors accountable,” Dautch said. Dautch said San Francisco has fallen behind when it comes to keeping survivors informed.”

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District Attorney candidates cross swords in SF’s Mission

Mission Local, May 16, 2019

Dautch, a prosecutor with the California Attorney General’s office, told the Mission crowd about his plan to be tougher on fraudulent landlords, particularly those improperly using owner-move-in evictions — when a landlord says they or a relative will be moving into a property but in actuality rent it to another tenant at a higher price. Dautch charged that the current DA’s office has hardly prosecuted these kinds of cases. “That stops with me,” he said.

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