WASHINGTON, DC – As the United States House of Representatives passes a measure mandating sexual harassment training for members of Congress and their aides, Butler County’s member of the Kansas delegation says it is the right thing to do.
Representative Ron Estes says that he applauds action taken by members of the House on both sides of the aisle.
“There is no place for sexual harassment in our society and there is no excuse for such offenses. As the father of two daughters, it makes me sick to hear the stories which have recently come to light from within Hollywood, the media, Capitol Hill and statehouses around the country including Kansas. We must hold abusers accountable for their transgressions, and do everything we can to prevent future abuse,” said Rep. Estes.
“It’s clear that this isn’t just a problem within any one industry but a widespread cultural problem across our country that must be addressed. I support policies that will strengthen reporting protocols and believe we must increase prevention training. Today’s vote will mandate yearly sexual harassment training for members and staff, which my entire staff has already completed. No one should have to deal with sexual harassment at work.”
The action comes on a day where broadcast media saw two high profile firings in NBC’s Matt Lauer, and NPR’s Garrison Kiellor, and follows weeks of scrutiny related to accusations against Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) and Alabama’s Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, Judge Roy Moore.