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Help the Statesman investigate sexual harassment in Idaho

Women rally Nov. 17 at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., in response to a tide of sexual harassment allegations, including two sitting Minnesota lawmakers accused of making unwanted sexual advances and U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn, who allegedly forcibly kissed a woman during a USO tour in 2006 and was photographed reaching out as if to grope her while she slept on a military aircraft.
Women rally Nov. 17 at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., in response to a tide of sexual harassment allegations, including two sitting Minnesota lawmakers accused of making unwanted sexual advances and U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn, who allegedly forcibly kissed a woman during a USO tour in 2006 and was photographed reaching out as if to grope her while she slept on a military aircraft. AP

From inappropriate comments to unwanted touching to violent assault, women across the country are coming forward to reveal their troubling experiences of sexual harassment.

We are investigating recent or past complaints in Idaho. If you’re ready to share your account of incidents — at work, in sports, at school — we are here to listen. Did you report something and you felt it was not taken seriously?

Whether your experience happened recently or a while ago, was a one-time occurrence or happened over a period of time, your conversation with us can be confidential. You can make a difference by sharing your story.

Men, we want to hear from you, too. Has the flood of sexual harassment stories caused you to revisit your own behavior? Is there something you did in the past, maybe a joke or casual comment that at the time seemed innocuous, but now you regret? Was someone harassing a fellow coworker or friend, but at the time you did not intervene?

And, have you been a victim of such harassment as well?

Please contact reporters Cynthia Sewell (208-377-6428, csewell@idahostatesman.com), Ruth Brown (208-377-6207, rbrown@idahostatesman.com) or watchdog editor Nate Poppino (208-377-6481, npoppino@idahostatesman.com).

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