Vermont organizations see uptick in demand following #MeToo movement

In Vermont, local organizations report an uptick in reports of sexual harassment because of the social media movement #MeToo.

Women have flooded social media with stories of sexual assault and harassment claims following the accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. 

The executive director of Hope Works Vermont says sexual harassment needs to be addressed. She credits a social media campaign called '#MeToo' with bringing it forward. 

However, she says storylines surrounding celebrities and politicians complicates things.
"Sexual violence can often leave you feeling like you're the only one who has gone through something like this so having so many voices speaking out can be somewhat comforting. People are saying, you know I don't really believe those stories if its in cases of well-known politicians," said Hope Works Vermont's Cathleen Barkley. 

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken has recently been accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman named Leeann Tweeden during a 2006 USO tour of the Middle East. 

Local 22 & Local 44 reached out to Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on Friday for comment about the allegations against Senator Al Franken.

David Carle, a spokesperson for Sen. Leahy, said the Senator supports an Ethics Committee investigation, saying Sen. Franken himself has called for. 

We requested an interview with Sen. Leahy, but did not hear back from his office about the request.  


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