SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Amidst the ongoing reports of sexual harassment at the state Capitol, state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is fighting to ensure that women can safely perform their responsibilities without being sexually harassed.
“It is unacceptable that sexual harassment continues in our state Capitol and that women do not feel comfortable to report the crimes committed against them,” Harper said. “We need to establish better ways for women to come forward that ensures their protection and safety.”
Harper is supporting Senate Bill 402, which would require elected officials, lobbyists and staff to undergo annual sexual harassment trainings. Her legislation gives power to the inspector general to review allegations of sexual harassment and fine individuals found guilty of any misconduct.
Harper is also supporting House Joint Resolution 83, which urges Illinois’ elected officials to change the culture where sexual harassment and discriminatory conversations are accepted. Harper wants to be sure that the Capitol is free of sexual harassment and other misconduct so that women can dedicate their lives and careers to public service without becoming a victim of sexual harassment or assault.
“Women should not be forced to shoulder the burden of assault because they fear retaliation by the person who harassed them,” Harper said. “Establishing new training requirements is a vital step towards stopping sexual harassment, but we will still need to do more so that everyone feels comfortable at their workplace.”
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