I just want to say thank you very much to each of you for being here. I feel that this issue is extremely important and I'm very excited to see this legislation going forward.
I do want to discuss a couple of the things that were mentioned. We know that the purpose of this bill is to ensure that victims of sexual assault and violence are treated with the dignity, compassion and respect they deserve from judges, but beyond that, I believe that this legislation is aiming to create an environment where victims feel comfortable—or at least a bit more comfortable—in sharing their very traumatizing story in an otherwise very intimidating environment.
A few of you have alluded to this. I believe, Ms. Kim, you mentioned this, and, Ms. Brayton, I know you mentioned this as well. In retelling this trauma over and over again to several different authority figures in intimidating environments, those details can sometimes be different in the retelling, because they are so traumatic and so difficult to remember.
In the education and seminars for judges that will be be created, what can we do to ensure that those seminars and that education focuses on that, to ensure that there is compassion and that judges understand there needs to be work done to understand that this shouldn't be used against victims? I think that's what you mentioned, Ms. Kim. Sometimes those details, those differences, can be used against the victim. I believe that's what you said.
What can we do about that? How can we build a seminar that educates judges to understand that this is traumatizing and they need to adjust for this?