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.
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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.