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Ousted Wisconsin GOP Assembly leader charged with sexual assault

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A state lawmaker in Wisconsin ousted weeks ago as a Republican leader of the Assembly over accusations of sexual harassment was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a female aide to a senator in 2011, according to a criminal complaint. Republican Bill Kramer was accused…

Wisconsin GOP lawmakers seek to remove majority leader accused of sexual harassment

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin Republican lawmakers will attempt to remove Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer from his leadership post after two women accused him of sexual harassment last week, according to local media on Sunday. The Republican caucus in the Assembly will vote on Tuesday on whether…

Christian family institute founder suspended after sexual harassment, abuse complaints

Bill Gothard, who headed a Christian-based family institute and once hobnobbed with GOP Governors Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Sonny Perdue, has been relieved of his duties at the institute he founded over allegations of harassing women who worked at his ministry and failing to report child abuse cases. According…

New York State Assemblyman accused of sexually harassing three former staffers

Three women who formerly worked for a Buffalo-area state legislator made complaints of sexual harassment Thursday, accusing him of acts like dragging one to a massage parlor within two weeks of being hired, discussing his penis tattoos and commentary about their sexual characteristics. Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga, has lost key…

Experts question school’s decision to suspend 6-year-old boy for ‘sexual harassment’ kiss on hand

As a result of kissing a fellow student on the hand during class, 6-year-old Hunter Yelton now has a permanent record.;   boy…

Ex-San Diego mayor Filner escapes jail over sexual harassment charges

Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner was sentenced Monday to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for sexually harassing female staff members. The 71-year-old, who resigned in August over the scandal involving at least three women, was also barred from seeking public office while on probation.…

Mayor of San Diego Bob Filner resigns over sex charges

The mayor of the US city of San Diego resigned amid a wave of sexual harassment complaints, issuing a blanket apology but also decrying the “hysteria” surrounding the case. Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat elected mayor of the southern Californian city in November, endured weeks of calls for his resignation.…

The Profound Misogyny of a Popular Defense of Sexual Harassment

I’ve been chewing over this ridiculousness for about a day. For those who haven’t seen this, Darren Kavinoky trotted out one of the most tedious but frequently cited defenses of sexual harassment you hear: That it wouldn’t be considered harassment if the harasser was handsome. Then it would just be…

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner defiant in face of recall campaign

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, in his first public statement since taking a leave of absence to enter sexual harassment therapy, refused to bow to a campaign seeking his ouster through a recall election, touting his accomplishments in office instead. “Now is not…

How courts stopped unpaid interns from filing sexual harassment lawsuits

By Blair Hickman and Christie Thompson, ProPublica In 1994, Bridget O’Connor began an internship at Rockland Psychiatric Center, where one of the doctors allegedly began to refer to her as Miss Sexual Harassment, told her that she should participate in an orgy, and suggested that she remove her clothing before…

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