Two Wisconsin communities win US DOJ grants to improve their domestic violence response

Two Wisconsin communities have been awarded nearly half a million dollars each from the U.S. Department of Justice to improve response to sexual assault and domestic violence crimes. The U.S. DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women awarded more than $30 million to 50 applicants nationwide, including the city of Superior and Sauk County.

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Assembly moving forward to update sexual harassment policies

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Employees of the Wisconsin Assembly will attend a mandatory staff meeting on Tuesday to discuss sexual harassment prevention and response as the state Legislature continues to update its policies and implementation. > Cap Times

Calls to close youth prison mount as female staff report unaddressed sexual harassment

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While lawmakers are calling for the youth prison to be closed, a Lincoln Hills teacher is speaking out about working conditions for women at the prison, saying female guards and teachers are routinely subjected to crude sexual language and behavior by juvenile inmates, and that management is allowing the behavior to continue. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Baldwin donating Franken money to women veterans

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says she is donating $20,000 her campaign received from Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s political action committee to a group benefiting women veterans in the state. Baldwin Thursday joined with other Democrats in distancing themselves from Franken amid allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior. > WEAU 13 Eau Claire

Tammy Baldwin calls for ethics review of Al Franken

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Balwin called Thursday for an ethics investigation into a harassment and groping allegation against U.S. Sen. Al Franken. “I am glad to see Sen. Franken immediately apologize. This kind of behavior isn’t ok whether it’s a Republican or a Democrat and I support an Ethics Committee investigation,” Baldwin said. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

With his abortion remarks, state Rep. Scott Allen has earned serious opposition

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Most Wisconsinites had not heard of state Rep. Scott Allen until the Waukesha Republican suggested last week that access to abortion rights should be restricted in order to boost the state’s workforce. > Cap Times

Johnson joins bipartisan effort to combat sexual harassment on the Hill

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Tuesday proposed new bipartisan legislation to immediately require sexual harassment training for senators and aides, as well as update the training to better reflect the experiences of victims. Sen. Ron Johnson is among the bill’s co-sponsors. > POLITICO