jcopebillboardsA rape survivor being pressured by the state’s lobbying and ethics regulatory body to register as a lobbyist will hold a protest outside the commission’s meeting on Tuesday in Albany.

A second protest will be held in New York City.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics has for the last year called on Kat Sullivan, an advocate for a measure meant to make it easier for the survivors and victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits, to register as a lobbyist.

Sullivan is a rape survivor from her time as a student at the Emma Willard School in Troy.

Sullivan had paid for billboards and a plane to fly a banner pushing for the passage of the Child Victims Act, which was approved earlier this year. Commission officials in letters to Sullivan believe she spent more than the $5,000 threshold to trigger the state’s lobbying law.

Failing to register to lobby could result in a minimum fine of $25,000.

Sullivan, meanwhile, has erected new billboards calling attention to her case with JCOPE, and has called on Chairman Michael Rozen to recuse himself, pointing to his work on behalf of Penn State to administer a victims compensation fund for victims of Jerry Sandusky.

JCOPE has declined to comment on the Sullivan case, but has said there is a rigorous process for recusals when necessary.

Several state lawmakers have been supportive of Sullivan, including Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who in a letter criticized JCOPE’s pursuit of the case.