WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill applauded the launch of the new Intern Resource Network by the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Partners In Prevention, and Women’s Foundation to help keep interns safe.
“When I was an intern in Jefferson City, sexual harassment was a serious issue, and it’s clear it’s a problem that persists, often with devastating consequences for too many young women,” said McCaskill, who has led efforts in the Senate to curb sexual violence. “So I’m really proud to support this new resource that’ll help give interns navigating the workplace for the very first time a place to turn to get reliable, confidential information and the tools to help combat this crime.”
In 2015 following reports that the legislators were considering instituting a dress code for interns as part of a response to allegations of sexual harassment against interns, McCaskill sent letters to two Missouri State Representatives writing, “Victim-blaming in the context of sexual violence is as old as the crime itself.” Later, McCaskill personally donated $10,000 to the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence to help establish this hotline.
McCaskill, a former courtroom prosecutor of sex crimes, has long been an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual violence, and in recent years has crafted legislation to curb sexual assault both in the military and on college university campuses. She is a longtime and vocal supporter of the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, the landmark law to provide vital protections for women and families.
Visit mccaskill.senate.gov/violence to see more about McCaskill’s work to curb domestic and sexual violence.