An Oregon senator who accused Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, of groping her at the state capitol was included among a group of women and men honored by Time Magazine as part of its Person of the Year 2017 award.
“The Silence Breakers,” those who’ve reported sexual harassment and launched the #MeToo movement on social media, were this year’s recipients of the magazine’s annual award.
Among those interviewed for Time’s story were famous women like actress Ashley Judd, and ordinary women like an Uber engineer and hotel and hospital workers. Also included was Oregon Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, whose accusations against Kruse led to his removal from all senate committees in October. Gelser alleged Kruse had given her unwanted hugs, touched her breast, and whispered so close her ear was wet. She said the pattern of unwanted touching began in 2011.
Sen. Sara Gelser has named Sen. Jeff Kruse as the person who allegedly inappropriately touch…
Gelser appeared in a video attached to Time’s story on this year’s award. Gelser spoke about negative reactions she received after reporting the alleged harassment.
“’I’ve seen you in committee.’ ‘You’re really tough.’ ‘Why didn’t you just hit him?’ ‘Why did you let it go on for so long?’” she said, repeating comments she said she received.
Gelser’s photo is one of several in the story, and a reader clicking “more” on the photo sees an excerpt about her allegations, including a mention that Kruse is under investigation and that his committee assignments were stripped. It also includes a quote from Gelser saying women who face harassment should speak out even if the perpetrator is a member of her own party.
Kruse is not a member of Gelser’s party, and has denied having inappropriately touched her.
Kruse responds to allegations
Gelser tweeted this morning that Time did “an extraordinary job” on its story.
“What an honor to be included,” she wrote, “and I hope that women and men in every profession know this is their time to be heard. No more silence. There is no shame in telling your story.”