Report on sexual assault in MN government released
ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) -
"We see you. We hear you. We will do better."
Those are the words from Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans Friday regarding a report, requested in November by Governor Mark Dayton after two state legislators were accused of sexual misconduct.
The report just focused on the executive branch, but discovered 266 sexual harassment complaints were filed between 2012 and 2017.
About sixty percent of those complaints were substantiated after investigations, but the report doesn't explain the consequences in those cases.
The biggest take-a-way here is the recommendation to create an independent office to receive and investigate sexual harassment complaints.
In response to the report, Governor Dayton said he plans to request legislation that would create such an office to provide a more stream-lined way to deal with complaints.
This report is separate from plans in the legislature to create mandatory sexual assault prevention training for lawmakers and their staff members.
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