Suddenly, sexual harassment and sexual assaults have opened up a Pandora’s box of charges and accusations. What was being swept under the rug in Hollywood and Washington, DC is now on every front page and every newscast. Some of the backlash over Judge Roy Moore’s accusations have rolled right over on to Senator Al Franken. This was not what the liberal left was expecting. Here is what it all means.
As Written By John Dietrich for the American Thinker:
The recent Weinstein, Moore, and Franken scandals have the establishment and the media in a frenzy. Weinstein had displayed his objectionable behavior for decades. It might be curious why it suddenly came to light. The allegations against Moore only came to light in the last days of his campaign for the Senate. This is understandable. The establishment has spent millions in an attempt to defeat him. He is a definite threat to their order. Franken appears to be collateral damage. In fact, Franken is an example of friendly fire. How many casualties can the establishment sustain? We will probably be finding out.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier told Chuck Todd on MSNBC that the House paid out $15 million in harassment settlements in the past ten to fifteen years. Actually, the Congress’s Office of Compliance put the figure at more than $17 million. Not all of these settlements were for sexual harassment. The settlements are classified and not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. Tracy Manzer, Speier’s spokesperson, told CNN that 80 percent of people who have come to her office to share stories of sexual misconduct never told the Office of Compliance. Speier charged, “Congress created the Office of Compliance to protect itself from being exposed.” The current law forces victims to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
The 17-million-dollar figure is only the tip of an iceberg. It does not include non-monetary settlements: “Here’s that promotion I promised you.” It does not include cash payments made out of the harasser’s own pocket. Former high school wrestling coach and House speaker Dennis Hastert was apparently willing to pay $3.5 million to ensure the silence of a former victim. There is also the fear factor. Informing on your boss might not be a smart career move. Speier knows the names of two sitting members but will not release the names because “the……
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