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Senate Leaders Say Sex Complaints Should Remain Secret

Leaders Say While They're Updating Senate's Sexual Harassment Policy, Complaints Should Remain Confidential

Wisconsin state Capitol
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Republican and Democratic leaders in the Wisconsin Senate say sexual harassment complaints in their chamber should remain secret.

The Assembly and Senate chief clerks this week denied the Wisconsin State Journal’s request for complaints their offices have received over the last decade, saying releasing them would discourage reporting.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Thursday he and Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling are updating the Senate’s sexual harassment policy and complaints should remain confidential as they discuss those changes.

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Shilling issued a statement saying victims should get to decide whether to share their experiences.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Minority Leader Gordon Hintz said during a news conference Tuesday that complaints in their chamber should remain confidential out of privacy concerns.