Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Sen. Sylvia Garcia - Full Video Release
2 NOVEMBER 2018
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Subject: Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Sen. Sylvia Garcia - Full Video Release
Today we released the full video of Nora Gutierrez, on the matter of her Sexual Misconduct allegations against our opponent Sen. Sylvia Garcia. The video can be found on our Facebook page, and by following this link -
We are just days from election, and Nora’s story has been suppressed for years. We urge the proper authorities to investigate these claims against Sylvia Garcia. We must stand against sexual abuse and harassment, and ensure that every woman has a right to obtain justice. We refer to Sylvia’s own words in a Texas Tribune article – “‘The whole officialdom is a totally different animal,’ Garcia said. ‘We’re not employees. We’re elected. A lot of the rules don’t apply to us.’” – It’s time to live up to your words, Senator Garcia. Nora Gutierrez's sworn affidavit reaffirming the sexual misconduct allegations are attached.
At the Texas Capitol, victims of sexual harassment must fend for themselves
Hoping to facilitate the reporting process for her staff, state Sen. Sylvia Garcia said she created an additional sexual harassment policy specifically for her Senate office that instructs staffers to go directly to the chief of staff or Garcia if they’ve been subjected to harassment.
The Houston Democrat said she would have been “shocked” to learn there was even a single formal complaint of sexual harassment in the Senate, noting the culture around the Capitol is far from supportive of staffers who may fear retribution or being ostracized if they report such behavior.
After speaking with the Tribune, Garcia said she was considering legislation to form an independent entity to oversee complaints in both chambers. She also pointed to a recently passed measure in the U.S. Senate, requiring mandatory sexual harassment training for all senators and their staff, as a possible model.
But even with those possible solutions in mind, Garcia acknowledged it is more difficult to confront sexual harassment at the Capitol — where lawmakers who may be harassing staff have all of the power — than the average workplace.
“The whole officialdom is a totally different animal,” Garcia said. “We’re not employees. We’re elected. A lot of the rules don’t apply to us.”
Justin L. Farrell
Aronoff for Congress
For Immediate Release, 2 November 2018