Franken’s apolo­gies do not ex­cuse his be­hav­ior

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Sen. Al Franken has been ac­cused twice of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by two dif­fer­ent women. It is dev­as­tat­ing to hear that women are be­ing touched in­ap­pro­pri­ately with­out given con­sent. Re­cently lots of women, and men, have spo­ken up about be­ing sex­u­ally ha­rassed by fa­mous and pow­er­ful peo­ple.

Franken is a pow­er­ful in­di­vid­ual and might be­lieve that he can get away with any­thing. How­ever, that does not give him the right to touch some­one’s breasts or rear with­out the proper con­sent. Even though he has apol­o­gized to both women, they will still live their lives re­mem­ber­ing that Al Franken ha­rassed them. If some­one is asleep or if they do not say any­thing at all, that does not mean yes.

— Laura Reyes, San Jose

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