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The sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault al­le­ga­tions against Har­vey We­in­stein that rocked Hol­ly­wood and sparked a flurry of al­le­ga­tions in other Amer­i­can in­dus­tries, as well as the po­lit­i­cal arena, are reach­ing far be­yond U.S. borders. Em­bold­ened by the women, and men, who have spo­ken up, the “We­in­stein ef­fect” is rip­pling across the globe.

Nearly half of the “#metoo” men­tions since the move­ment has been launched have come from out­side the U.S., and decades-old ac­cu­sa­tions have led to the down­fall of some of those coun­tries’ most pow­er­ful men.

In the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the Har­vey We­in­stein rev­e­la­tions, the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment led hb­yarpar­sis­m­meenmt ian­l­lies­gteartiotnhsetrhe­saat hmaavye has been rocked by a se­ries of led to one high-level res­ig­na­tion — that of De­fence Sec­re­tary Mitch­heae­plof­saitliloonno—f Fairnsdt Ste­hcr­reeat­taernyeodf State Damian Green, a vi­tal ally of the prime min­is­ter.

The ac­cu­sa­tions have come from par­lia­men­tary re­searchers, staff and jour­nal­ists. Some have said the po­lit­i­cal par­ties in­volved failed to take ac­tion and ac­tively dis­cour­aged vic­tims from go­ing to po­lice. Claims range from un­wanted touch­ing to al­le­ga­tions of rape. At least one case in­volv­ing a leg­is­la­tor has been re­ferred to po­lice for pos­si­ble prose­cu­tion, Gwri­ethent,htheed­per­ti­maielsmkien­pist­teprr’sivchatieef. aide and a de facto deputy prime mcoin­nis­se­trevr,aw­ti­vaes ap­cacru­ty­sead­ct­biyvi­asty­oo­fuinng- acp­porop­n­ri­atge trouechsinsg at­ndo­texgt Speaker Paul Ryan on Tues­day an­nounced the House will re­quire anti-ha­rass­ment and an­tidis­crim­i­na­tion train­ing for all mem­bers and their staffs, just hours af­ter a hear­ing in which two fe­male law­mak­ers spoke about in­ci­dents of sex­ual mis­con­duct in­volv­ing sit­ting mem­bers of Congress.

“Our goal is not only to raise aware­ness, but also make abun­dantly clear that ha­rass­ment in any form has no place in this in­sti­tu­tion,” Ryan said. “As we work with the Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Ethics, and Rules com­mit­tees to im­ple­ment manda­tory train­ing, we will con­tinue our re­view to make sure the right poli­cies and re­sources are in place to pre­vent and re­port ha­rass­ment.”

The pol­icy change will hap­pen through leg­is­la­tion.

The move comes days af­ter the Se­nate unan­i­mously ap­proved a mea­sure re­quir­ing all se­na­tors, staff and in­terns to be trained on pre­vent­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

The bill gained sup­port from both Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can law­mak­ers.

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