Women's Working Group Invites Sex Assault Victims to State of Union

Women's Working Group Invites Sex Assault Victims to State of Union

During last week's Globes, celebrities donned black as a form of protest to show solidarity with both the #MeToo movement and the #TimesUp movement.

Last year Speier acknowledged that she was a victim of sexual assault on Capitol Hill when she was a young congressional aide.

The move, started by Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier and other members of the Democratic Women's Working Caucus, is meant to show solidarity with various movements trying to fight the sexual harassment women face, reports CNN.

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Earlier this week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pressured Frankel not to hold mock hearings with women who have accused Trump of sexual assault, an idea the Florida Democrat had floated at a private Democratic Steering and Policy Committee meeting Monday night.

The lawmaker, who asked not to be identified, told NBC Democrats would be "no better" than Republicans if they made a decision to "retaliate" at the State of the Union address.

"This is a culture change that is sweeping the country, and Congress is embracing it", she said.

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Trump supporters have also rushed to accuse Democrats of hypocrisy for holding Trump accountable over sexual assault claims without addressing those levied against Bill Clinton, with some similarly calling on the president to invite Broaddrick to the address.

Trump has faced numerous accusations of sexual misconduct since before taking office, with at least 17 women accusing him of sexual assault and harassment.

Former Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., announced days before Franken that he would be retiring after facing allegations as well.

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U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., talks to reporters after a news conference on investigating President Donald Trump for sexual misconduct, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 12, 2017. Several women accused Republican candidate Roy Moore of pursuing them romantically when they were teenagers; one said he touched her sexually when she was 14.

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