What Can Political Scandals Teach Us About Sexual Harassment?

Political scandals involving sexual harassment are as American as apple pie. Former President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski, former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, New York lawmaker Vito Lopez– you get the point, and we could just keep going on for pages. In many of the cases we have listed, victims have been interns and staffers. However, even lawmakers themselves have reported instances of sexual harassment. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand publicly announced accounts of sexual harassment from other lawmakers, but was immediately shot down by an unempathetic press. We can learn a lot about how victims are affected by discussing political scandals involving sexual harassment. Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s political scandal is a good example to show how victims of sexual harassment can be affected. A former female staffer who filed a lawsuit against him claimed she was groped and that Filner had tried to kiss her. At…
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