Business Journal - 10.17.2017

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Letter Calls Out Sexual Harassment in State Capitol [article]

By Sonya Sorich, Digital Editor
Sacramento Business Journal

More than 140 women have signed a letter detailing sexual harassment and mistreatment in California’s Capitol, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Signatories on the letter include legislators, Capitol staff, political consultants and lobbyists. It lists behaviors such as “nonconsensual touching, inappropriate comments and sexual innuendo,” according to the report.

“Why didn’t we speak up? Sometimes out of fear. Sometimes out of shame. Often these men hold our professional fates in their hands. They are bosses, gatekeepers, and contacts. Our relationships with them are crucial to our personal success,” says the letter, obtained by the LA Times.

The letter follows a rise in conversations about sexual harassment, prompted by the women who have reported being sexually harassed by film producer Harvey Weinstein.

On social media, women who have been sexually harassed are posting the phrase “me too” to highlight the prevalence of the behavior.

Danielle Kando-Kaiser