Sara Gelser

Oregon Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, is pictured at the Oregon Capitol in this undated photo.

Casey Minter/OPB file photo

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.

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.

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.”

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or ccegavske@nrtoday.com.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at ccegavske@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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aivivu1

Thank you for helping people get the information they need. Great stuff as usual. Keep up the great work!!!dat ve may bay gia re o bat cu thoi diem nao deu de dang voi doi ngu booking chuyen nghiep. Muon dat vé máy bay đi Đà Nẵng giá rẻ thi chon ngay bay, gio bay gia re de tiet kiem chi phi nhe.

Mogie

Kruse didn't give us his resignation as a XMAS present. Get the feeling he is going to hang in there as long as possible just to collect all the benefits he can? More raping of the tax payer. Kruse could look into a career in making porno utube videsos

Old Tobi

This 'party nonsense' is getting in the way of good behavior and working for the common cause. Maybe if I had known that my representation in Salem on behalf of Douglas County would depend on some joker who thought it was appropriate to slobber in women's ears at work I would have thought twice about moving here.

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