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US senator apologizes after grope allegation, US House to implement anti-sexual harassment training


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18.11.2017

Afrida Ahmed

US Sena-tor Al Franker was accused of groping a woman in her sleep and forcibly kissing her in a rehearsal for a comedy act. Leeann Tweeden said both the incidents took place on a tour in December 2006 before Mr. Franken entered politics. She mentioned at a press conference how he aggressively kissed her all of a sudden and later said they had to rehearse for a scene.Mr. Franken apologized for the grope and said he was ashamed for his behavior after getting a ferocious backlash from critics who demanded his resignation. According to CNN reports, recently an eighth woman has accused former President George H.W. Bush of groping her. The woman decided to stay anonymous and said that Bush grabbed her backside during a photo-op when they were at a fundraiser for his re-election campaign in Dearborn. Her ex husband told CNN that Bush touched her across the butt. However, Jim McGrath who is Bush’s spokesman refused to comment.
After these incidents, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that US House of Representatives will need anti-sexual harassment training for all members of staff. This move happened after two female lawmakers testified about sexual harassment which involved anonymous members of the Congress.
Mr. Ryan wants everyone to know that any kind of harassment will not be tolerated in this institution. More than 1500 former congressional employees have signed a petition to implement anti-harassment training. llinois Republican Rodney Davis said that some female aides expressed concern that congressional offices would stop hiring women to prevent sexual harassment. Last Thursday, the Senate made anti-harassment training for all Senate employees compulsory.

Source: BBC and Newjersey.com


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