Eric Leroy, it speaks well of you that you can’t imagine a world where people who are “half-way evolved as a human being and exercising a little bit of common sense” behave in this way. And yet, millions of men do this to multi-millions of women every day. These women are not over-sensitive, reactive, crybabies. They are, for instance, the women who work in the national security sector of the US — tough, savvy, accomplished women who none-the-less have to deal with this kind of nonesense at work. Just because you would never do this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t routinely occur.

“Assault and harassment are just as much as a problem for women working on the night-shift cleaning offices as it is for diplomats,” says retired Ambassador Nina Hachigian, who co-authored the letter with former State Department official Jenna Ben-Yehuda.

Signatories to the letter include 223 women who have served across the federal government — in the State Department, in the intelligence community, at USAID, and at the Pentagon — and at institutions within the national security space who all say that they have either witnessed or survived harassment and assault.”

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