Press Release: Senator Kagan Speaks Out: #MeToo

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2018

Over the course of my career, I, like most women I know, have experienced some form of sexual harassment. Courageous women all over the country have come forward since last fall to share their stories. As a result, many offenders in various industries have lost power and prestige. Employers have created or enhanced sexual harassment trainings and strengthened their enforcement mechanisms.

After all of these revelations and the ongoing conversations in Annapolis, I was shocked to be touched inappropriately yet again last night. Unfortunately, there are too many women who, for fear of reprisal or career limitation, have needed to remain silent. While the anonymous stories that have been covered by the press are valid and important, it is also critical to call out— by name— men who still fail to respect women’s boundaries. I will remain silent no more.

Last night, former legislator and current Annapolis lobbyist, Gil Genn, put his hand on my back and then slid it down…. This was not the first time he had touched me inappropriately. I speak up today not only for myself, but also for the legislative staff and interns who are clearly more vulnerable than a Senator whose votes could affect a lobbyist’s clients. It’s time to call him out.


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About Senator Cheryl C. Kagan: Senator Kagan (D) represents District 17, Rockville and Gaithersburg, in the Maryland General Assembly. First elected in 1994 to the House of Delegates, Kagan served two terms before stepping down to work in the non-profit sector. In 2014, Kagan returned to elected office, winning her first term to the Maryland State Senate. Kagan serves on the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, Joint Audit Committee, and Joint Committee on Federal Relations and is the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds.