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A snake?! Lawmaker sexually harasses teen at a hearing

“I am usually a very shy person, and now I am more outgoing. I was able to teach those children about certain things like snakes that we have and the turtles that we have. … I want to do something toward that, working with children when I get older.”

These inspiring words come from a high school student, who recently testified at a hearing asking legislators to continue to fund the Connecticut State Science Center. Aren’t these all things we want for young women? Positive teenage experiences, overcoming shyness, gaining confidence, finding a passion—this girl has got it all, and not only that, but she took the brave step of sharing her experience and participating in the political system so that other teens could have the same opportunities.

Here’s how State Representative Ernest Hewitt replied: “If you’re bashful, I’ve got a snake sitting under my desk here.”

If that first quote showcased everything we want for young women, then Hewitt helped point out everything we don’t want.

“There are no words” is a saying people like to use, when something is so terrible, so outside of the realm of normalcy that speechlessness seems necessary. I’ve got quite a few words: Unconscionable, outrageous, offensive. I’ve got a few because this isn’t outside of the realm; this is what can happen when young women speak up. 

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