Friday, November 10, 2017
CONTACT: Ian Silverii, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: In a week marred by more brave and stunning reports of women who have been sexually assaulted and harassed by men in positions of power, devastating reports are now emanating from Colorado’s General Assembly. More than four women, including State Representative Faith Winter, have accused State Representative Steve Lebsock of sexual harassment and misconduct.

“Let us be very clear, women who have the courage to come forward to name their experiences and the men who have assaulted them, harassed them, or who in any way made them feel unsafe, deserve to be heard and believed,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. “There is no place in our community—not in our newsrooms, our schools, and certainly not our capitol—for acts of sexual and other physical violence against women, nor should we allow a pervasive culture rooted in misogyny and institutionalized inequality to continue to thrive.”

“ProgressNow Colorado is calling on Representative Lebsock to resign immediately,” Silverii continued. “We commend and appreciate the courage of every woman who spoke to KUNC for this story, including Rep. Winter and Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran. No woman should feel unsafe in our state’s capitol, and no woman should fear retribution or negative political repercussions for coming forward and naming the men who have no place serving in our state’s leadership.”

“These continued revelations of men in positions of power abusing their power to threaten and undermine the safety of the women around them are traumatic, but also liberating,” said ProgressNow development director Taylor Holden. “These revelations can’t be a flash in the pan but should instead be a watershed moment in our communities. As it stands, the workplaces that even have policies in place designed to protect employees either don’t enforce them or maintain such toxic work cultures that the fear of retribution or fear of not being believed dissuades women from coming forward at all. It’s time for this to stop. It’s time for it to stop in the halls of our capitol, and it’s time for this to stop in workplaces for women everywhere. And that can start with the resignation of Steve Lebsock.”