On Nov. 10, 2017, I publicly accused then state Rep. Steve Lebsock of violating the Colorado General Assembly's sexual harassment policy . Anyone who followed the story knows it was a wild ride after that. Myself and the other complainants were relentlessly maligned to important people, threatened with lawsuits, and subjected to weird media antics by our harasser. Important elected officials spoke out to call for Lebsock's resignation, because their experience with him and the details of the media stories all pointed in the same direction, and because taking a stand is what leaders do. Collectively, we were sounding the alarm that his personal way of using power was dangerous. He ended up making the point for us and was expelled from the state House after changing his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican at the last-minute and complaining that his rights had been violated. The ordeal was part soap-opera, part horror movie. I sat down to speak my piece several times through it all, but each time I ran out of energy or became distracted by a new, grander injustice — which I suppose is how silencing works. One thing stuck with me though, and I still can't let… Read full this story
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