“The continuing accusations about Bob Filner’s conduct towards women are disturbing on every level. As a public official and former member of Congress, Filner’s pattern of behavior is a serious breach of the public trust. He has jeopardized the careers of those he targeted. In particular, his actions towards members of our military, and survivors of sexual assault, are sickening. He has admitted he was wrong and is seeking treatment, but he can never undo his abuses of power and status.
“I believe all members of Congress and staff should be required to take sexual harassment training. Not only to curb this type of behavior, but also to empower victims who feel they can’t step forward with the truth.”
CNN reported yesterday that Filner is now accused of abusing his status as former chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee to sexually harass victims of military sexual assault. Speier has been a leading voice in Congress for reforming how the military justice system handles sexual assaults.
Among other Bay Area women in Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, last month blasted “reprehensible” behavior by Filner and by Anthony Weiner, another former congressman now waging a New York City mayoral campaign.