Charlie Baker gathered to chart abuse survivors after the judiciary became modest.

Gov. Charlie Baker joined victims of domestic violence at the State House on Monday to mourn the death of a bill he says could have prevented what happened to him from happening to others. .

“We talk about why this legislation is important for people who have the courage to come forward,” Baker said. “What I keep thinking about is how many people don’t come forward because we don’t have these protections in place.”

The bill, called “An Act to Protect Victims of Crimes and the Public,” aims to improve survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, who fear their abusers will face trial under current law. can be

The proposal would allow the court to hold certain suspects without bail or with conditions of release for 120 days prior to trial if there is “clear and convincing evidence that any conditions of release would reasonably be expected to protect the safety of others or the community.” will not ensure”. Bill’s.

The Judiciary Committee on Friday referred the bill to study, a position from which most legislation never comes back for a vote. Baker called the move “incomprehensible” and an insult to abuse survivors.

“How many suffer in silence, how many choose to flee – who knows where – because they fear the Commonwealth will not be with them, because we have not been with others who have chosen to come forward. Baker said Monday. “Honestly it’s not brain surgery.”

Alison Sullivan is Abington’s representative in the Legislature and a member of the Judiciary Committee, which voted to study the bill. She said she is also a survivor of abuse.

“I am alive, I have a voice. But there are many others who are no longer with us who do not have a voice. Their lives matter and they matter,” he told the abuse survivors. “I am heartbroken to see that the judiciary has sent this bill for a single reading after all of your efforts to come forward so bravely. It is not easy to tell our stories.”

Opponents have argued that laws expanding law enforcement’s ability to detain people without trial could increase racial disparities or violate the Fourth and Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Baker told survivors that when he held one of the first roundtables with them in Plymouth last December, their stories brought the bill to the finish line despite nearly four years of effort at the time. I felt incompetent about my ability to carry on. Actually since the legislation.

Baker has less than six months left in office. He is not seeking a third term.

On Monday, he told the survivors that they would continue to move forward.

“We will continue to fight for it as long as possible,” he said.