Long history of sexual harassment in US
As new allegations of sexual harassment come tumbling out almost every other day against American film producer and former film studio executive Harvey Weinstein, it’s only natural that we take a pause and examine the pervasive presence of such exploitation not just in Hollywood, but also in everyday workspaces. Undeniably, the corridors of power and the political arena are no exception to this ominous trend. Reportedly, 16 women have gone on record accusing US President Donald Trump of sexual harassment. President Trump issued a blanket denial in his characteristic style, brushing away these allegations as “fake news” and “made-up stuff ”. While the truth is still to emerge on these allegations, US history stands testament to the tendency of those in power to abuse their authority. Former President George HW Bush has also been at the receiving end of such allegations. Actress Heather Lind had alleged that Bush touched her inappropriately and told her a dirty joke. To this charge, Bush had issued an apology claiming that he would never intentionally cause “distress to anyone” adding that he is sorry if his “attempt at humour” of- fended Lind. It is not only women who have been victims of such abusive behaviour in the US. In 2007, Larry Craig, a US Senator for 18 years, was charged with lewd conduct for disorderly behaviour in an airport’s men’s restroom.