US State, DHS respond to 223 women in national security field speaking out on sexual harassment

04:22  30 november  2017
04:22  30 november  2017 Source:   CBS News

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The State Department and Department of Homeland Security are responding to 223 women who have worked in the national security field who are speaking out about having been victims of sexual harassment , abuse or assault or knowing others who are victims.

223 Women in National Security Sign Open Letter on Sexual Harassment . By Maya Rhodan. Updated: November 28, 2017 3:19 PM ET.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to members of the media at the State Department October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.: gettyimages-861005520.jpg © Getty gettyimages-861005520.jpg

The State Department and Department of Homeland Security are responding to 223 women who have worked in the national security field who are speaking out about having been victims of sexual harassment, abuse or assault or knowing others who are victims.

A State Department spokesperson said that the department is updating its sexual harassment training in the wake of recent scandals.

"The Department has two anti-harassment policies: one prohibiting sexual or gender-based harassment, and the other prohibiting harassment based on other protected discriminatory bases of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, age, and genetic information," the spokesperson said.

Another woman accused Conyers of sexual harassment

  Another woman accused Conyers of sexual harassment Another woman alleged Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) sexually harassed her, BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday.A former scheduler for the congressman alleged that in 2016 he rubbed her shoulders, kissed her forehead and attempted to hold her hand. The woman at tempted to file a sealed lawsuit against Conyers in February, but abandoned it the next month, according to BuzzFeed.The news outlet reported Monday that several others accused Conyers of sexual harassment, and that Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged he fired her because she would not "succumb to [his] sexual advances.

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Two hundred twenty-three women who work in the national security field signed an open letter saying that they, too, have either been victims of sexual harassment , assault or abuse or know others who are victims.

The Department of Homeland Security said that it's also reviewing training and guidance "both to further reinforce its policies to employees, as well as to remind employees on how to file a harassment complaint."

Women wrote in the Nov. 28 letter that they are driven out of the national security field by men who "use their power to assault at one end of the spectrum and perpetuate -- sometimes unconsciously -- environments that silence, demean, belittle or neglect women at the other."

"This is not just a problem in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, newsrooms or Congress. It is everywhere," they wrote.

The women called on the national security community, including the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to take certain actions to reduce sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace.

CBS News' Margaret Brennan and Andres Triay contributed to this report. 

Want to Know Who Else Has Been Accused of Sexual Harassment in Congress? Good Luck .
The details of sexual harassment complaints against members of Congress and their staffs are secret and cannot be released to lawmakers seeking to determine the extent of the problem on Capitol Hill, a congressional official testified Thursday. “The law doesn’t allow us to release anything,” Susan Grundmann, the executive director of the office that oversees the response to sexual harassment complaints in Congress said at a hearing of the House Administrative Committee. If lawmakers want to know more — including the number of complaints filed and the names of the accused — they will have to change the law, she said.  That response is the latest of a series of frustrations met by lawmakers 

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