Democrats Invite Sexual Assault Survivors to the State of the Union

Members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group. Image
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A handful of Democratic House members have invited sexual
assault survivors as their guests to the State of the Union
address at the end of this month.

NBC News
that an aide of Representative Lois Frankel, a
Florida Democrat, confirmed that some Democrats will “be
bringing survivors of sexual assault and advocates,” as their
guests in order to highlight the issue. Frankel indicated that
she will extend an invitation to a woman involved in #MeToo but
hasn’t finalized her plans. “What we want is to really continue
the conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace,” the
congresswoman told
The Hill

It seems that Democrats will not invite any of the 19 women who
have accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment and assault. NBC
News reports that two Democratic congresswomen said that there
had been “discussions” about inviting Trump’s accusers before
the idea was “killed.” It’s unclear who ended the discussion
about inviting Trump’s accusers, but NBC strongly implies that
it was Nancy Pelosi.

News of the invites comes one day after Representative Jackie
Speier called on
lawmakers to wear black
to the State of the Union. The
suggestion was championed by the Democratic Women’s Working
Group, which consists of all of the Democratic women in the
House. In a statement, Pelosi said that she, as well as many of
her colleagues, will wear black to support “the brave women in
every industry and every corner of the country who are making
their voices heard.” That effort was also helmed by Frankel,
the chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group. Frankel told
Jezebel that the decision to wear black, “members of Congress
are showing solidarity with a movement that is demanding
economic justice and a cultural shift that enables men and
women to work side by side in safety and dignity, free of
sexual harassment, and be paid equally for the value of their

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