When men with power go too far: After years of whispers, women speak out about harassment in California’s Capitol
Chris MegerianJack DolanMelanie Mason / Los Angeles Times
No matter the details, each story involves a man with power — the kind of power bestowed by voters, an influential lobbying client or a supply of campaign cash. And instead of wielding that power to shape politics or public policy, the man used it to proposition women or to touch them inappropriately. Men in politics who engage in this type of behavior might say “this is absolutely consensual, without realizing there is a power hierarchy that is absolutely unequal, and they should not participate in that,” Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) said.