Long his­tory of sex­ual ha­rass­ment in US

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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