Sexual Harassment

Florida Governor Rick Scott is ordering state agencies to develop training and reporting guidelines for sexual harassment.

Campaign donations for State Senator and candidate for governor Jack Latvala have dried up since allegations of sexual harassment surfaced.

As Florida’s politically powerful men fear becoming targets of sexual harassment allegations, the new-found awareness of a male-dominated Legislature has come with a cost: Women are collateral damage.

Sexual harassment, abuse and inappropriate behavior are not new, and South Florida itself is not immune. "Abuse isn't an economic issue; it's across the board. In Hispanic culture it is a double whammy: It's a culture of machismo and a culture of silence. It's a deadly combination," says Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago.

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, the only woman in Florida's governor's race, said Thursday she has a unique perspective that will allow her to address what she calls a sexual harassment epidemic in state government.

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