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BuzzFeed News: Here’s How Laws Are Changing With The #MeToo Movement

October 11, 2018 | by

BuzzFeed News interviewed Senior Counsel for Workplace Justice & Public Policy Jessica Stender about anti-sexual harassment legislation sponsored by Equal Rights Advocates in California in an article about new “#MeToo laws” across the country. Ms. Stender is quoted extensively, including the following:

 

In some cases, the bills went nowhere. But in a number of states, individual stories of abuse and misconduct have led to new laws… That’s important for residents of those states, said Jessica Stender, of the California-based Equal Rights Advocates, but hopefully, this year’s wins will inspire more states to take on the issue.

“We’re not going to back down,” she told BuzzFeed News. “Important progress was made, but we know we can’t stop now.” …

“The new bills are really focused on shedding light on sexual harassment, making sure survivors aren’t forced into silence,” Stender said. “Making sure misconduct and abuse is actually exposed, so we can address it head on instead of having it swept under the rug.” …

“The MeToo movement explosion of stories has really shown the public, and specifically legislators, how pervasive [sexual harassment] really is,” Stender said.

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