Sexual assault victims are boldly taking a stand, against the perpetrators who have abused them.
Sadly, many of those who are accused rank in the highest offices of the land. From movie producers to heads of major companies and finally the nation’s congressional representatives.
The one thing that they all have in common, is that they had immense over those they abused. And yes, most if not all of them were men.
The #MeToo movement has emboldened many women to come forward with their stories and seek justice. Too many suffered in silence for years and some for decades.
Case in point, those women who were allegedly drugged, raped or sexually assaulted by America’s famous TV dad, Bill Cosby. Scores of women came forward in recent years, to tell a story that was almost unbelievable.
And in 2018, they finally got justice.
Accused Members of the United States Congress
It seems sexual conduct is rife in our nation’s government.
The men voted into the government office, who represent Americans and fight for legislative changes across the land are being called out for all kinds of abuse of power, not only sexual.
So far, in 2018, nine persons were embroiled in controversy from the 115th US Congress.
Of the group, there are five who are from the Republican party and four on the side of the Democrats.
Members of Congress From the Republican Party
Why is it that those with power feel that they can abuse the people around them and get away with it?
Do they not worry that someday, they will be confronted for behaving badly?
Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona
There was a report from the Associated Press that Franks was shopping around for a surrogate to carry his baby, among his staffers.
We guess they think $5 million was not worth it because the Republican had to resign in January 2018. This came shortly after a few of his staffers complained about sexual misconduct.
Rep. Trent Franks was a member of the House Freedom caucus.
Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania
Another casualty of the #MeToo movement was the Pennsylvania representative.
A married Tim Murphy had an affair which led to a pregnancy. He then asked the female to get an abortion.
This it seems was a hypocritical move on his part because the Senator is known to be anti-abortion.
Republican Tim Murphy did not demit office until October 2017, however, until text messages started circulating about his hostile behavior in the workplace.
Rep. John Conyers of Michigan
Not until more women lodged complaints against Conyers, did he demit office in December 2017.
He cost taxpayers over $27,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim from a female staffer, in 2015. The report was realized by BuzzFeed News.
Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas
Did you know that $17 million has been issued since 1997, by Congress, to settle workplace complaints and sexual misconduct issues?
You can thank men like Rep. Blake Farenthold for these recurring costs.
He was accused by his former communications director.
Fahrenthold ended up paying out $84,000. That did not cost him personally, but you bet taxpayers paid for it.
The Texan was forced to demit office in April 2018.
Members of Congress From the Democratic Party
The Democrats also have their hands dirty in this mess. Several of their members have also been accused of sexual misconduct and have had to resign.
Senator Al Franken of Minnesota
After being accused of forcibly kissing and groping eight women, Sen. Al Franken resigned from the ethics panel.
Franken was elected to the Senate twice.
However, his peers demanded that he stepped down from his position in late December 2017, but he did not leave office until early January 2018.
Before, leaving office Senator Al Franken was quoted as saying, “A couple months ago, I felt that we had entered an important moment in the history of this country … We were finally beginning to listen to women. Then the conversation turned to me.”
Members of Congress Found to Encourage Sexual Misconduct
Then, you have those who support people who commit such anus acts.
Enter Elizabeth Esty!
She had to demit office because even though her Chief of Staff was an abuser and Etsy knew about it, she did not fire him. Not only did he abuse the female staff member, but he also threatened her life.
The Connecticut representative had to leave office when the report came out via the Washington Post.
In her final statements, Elizabeth Esty said, “I know that survivors come first. We need to believe them and support them. We need to include survivors and allies alike in the conversation about how to implement the changes necessary both in Congress and more broadly to prevent this from happening again.”
Many are saying those words are a little too late and Etsy should have been the agent of change when she had the chance.