Women in California Capitol speak out against harassment

Posted at 2:47 PM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 18:22:46-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- An effort is under way to encourage women to share stories of sexual harassment in California's Capitol.

Nearly 150 women have signed onto an open letter released Monday decrying a culture that encourages women to stay silent over fear of professional repercussions.

The signers include lawmakers, lobbyists, legislative staff members and state government employees. The group has created a website called "We Said Enough" for women to tell their stories.

The letter adds to a growing chorus of women posting about harassment and unwanted advances from men following the allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

It does not accuse any men by name. California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon say sexual harassment is never appropriate and that both chambers work to combat it.