sexual harassment

A woman who says state Rep. Rick Perales choked and forcibly kissed her has an ultimatum: Drop his bid for reelection or she’ll release graphic text messages he sent her.

Back in October 2017, women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement went viral, spurring a national and global discussion on the issue.

Many women have since come forward with their experiences of being sexually harassed by colleagues and bosses, costing influential men in the entertainment industry and the media — including journalists here at NPR — their jobs.

Ohio lawmakers Kathleen Clyde, Michele Lapore-Hagan, Teresa Fedor and Nickie Antonio call for the resignation of Bill Seitz.
Shane Walker

Four Democratic women in the Ohio Legislature are calling on Ohio House speaker to take action against a key Republican lawmaker for derogatory comments he recently made at a going away party for a former staffer.

Sen. Portman Donates Money From Ex-RNC Finance Chair

Jan 29, 2018
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Sen. Rob Portman says he has donated money he received from Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn to charities working to stem human sex-trafficking in Ohio.

Ohio House

Two Republican state lawmakers have issued apologies for disparaging remarks they made earlier this week at a roast for a departing employee earlier this week. But some lawmakers are demanding more than apologies – they want a change in the culture they say is prevalent in the general assembly.

Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati)
Ohio Senate

Two state representatives have formally apologized for derogatory comments they made at a going away party earlier this week – comments that had other lawmakers fuming and calling for an investigation.

Ohio Statehouse Legislative Chamber
Bob Hall / Flickr

More allegations are surfacing about inappropriate sexual comments by Ohio lawmakers – this time at a party about a block away from the Statehouse.

From a hashtag to a movement, #MeToo is generating conversations around the world.

It’s also inspiring artists here in Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland painter Laura Dumm decided to depict Venus, the goddess of love, as a #MeToo survivor. While she typically works collaboratively with her husband, Gary, on artwork critical of environmental and societal issues, it felt right to her to do this work independently.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

National stats show 1 in 25 people is threatened or harassed by the sharing of explicit images of themselves online without their consent or knowledge. And right now, it’s not illegal in Ohio to do that. But there’s a new bill that hopes to ban so-called “revenge porn.”

Ann Sanner

All Ohio state lawmakers must receive sexual harassment training following a wave of the sexual misconduct scandals that swept the nation and forced resignations in both chambers of Ohio's state Legislature.

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