U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, whose district covers part of the Dallas area, has weighed in on the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal. According to reports, Johnson puts some of the onus for preventing sexual assault on female assault victims.
According to Fort Worth NBC affiliate KXAS, Johnson said:
The TV station reports that Johnson said her message was meant to empower women to prevent sexual assault and harassment. While the Democratic lawmaker said she is angry and disappointed with Weinstein, a prolific fundraiser for many of her colleagues, Johnson also said that women can contact law enforcement or refuse to cooperate when they are the target of such situations.
“I think that many times, men get away with this because they are allowed to get away with it by the women,” Johnson said, according to KXAS.
According to a recent ABC News-Washington Post poll, more than half of all American women have experienced unwanted and inappropriate sexual advances, 30 percent have received such harassment from their male colleagues and 25 percent said those colleagues were men with power in their professional lives.
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