[Trigger warning for unethical sexual behavior, possible sexual assault and stalking.]

So, CNN has this big exclusive on misconduct at the FBI, and I'm not especially surprised that there is some percentage of agents who are creeps, but I am certainly intrigued by the FBI's position on what constitutes an appropriate punishment for unethical sexual behavior (which may actually be sexual assault, depending on context like some element of coercion, unclear in the article) and borderline stalking (or legal stalking, also depending on context not made explicit in the article).

I mean, how did the agency know, for example, about the supervisor who watched "pornographic movies in the office while sexually satisfying himself" during work hours unless somebody saw him (which was quite possibly the whole point) and/or he talked about it? That's sexual harassment at minimum.

Which seems it ought to warrant a more serious response than a 35-day suspension.

I'd really like it if the US government started taking sexual harassment, assault, and violence seriously, because I'm really tired of reading about sex crimes in various federal agencies (and Congress), sex crimes in the military, sex crimes in the Peace Corps, sex crimes by subcontractors, etc. etc. etc.

If anyone at the White House is interested in making rape prevention a priority, there's a lady at the State Department who might have some ideas about how to do that.

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