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Tue Oct 24, 2017, 04:11 AM

Oregon state senator: Sexual harassment common in Capitol

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A female state senator who accused a male colleague of inappropriate touching said Monday she's heard accounts from other women in the Oregon State Capitol of such behavior by men and insisted "the culture needs to change."

Democratic Sen. Sara Gelser said the accounts were relayed to her over the weekend, after a senator who was accused of making unwelcome moves on Gelser was punished on Friday.

Gelser told Oregon Public Radio's "Think Out Loud" program that the women told her about various offensive behavior.

"It can be anything from being touched too long, having a hand on your thigh either above or below your skirt, and what someone believes is just a friendly way, that hand around the shoulder and the fingers beneath your shirt ... or someone that is talking to you so close that your ear is wet when you step away," she said.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20171023_ap_283f0adf92a84d2884280d7c266fadc7.html

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