No one in Rhode Island should ever deal with harassment while at work. Unfortunately, this crime continues to happen throughout the world. That said, recent allegations indicate that sexual harassment could be taking place at one of the most unexpected places: within the CIA.
One crime leads to a wave of allegations
An officer trainee for the CIA recently received a conviction for assault and battery from a Virginia court. What some thought was an isolated incident led to other women speaking out. According to ABC News, over 24 women spoke out so far in a recent wave of claims against this agency. In the past several months, these women shared their allegations of misconduct and abuse they incurred while working for the CIA.
Fears harassment victims face
In many cases of sexual harassment, the survivor can feel scared to report this incident. Many of these women accused certain CIA co-workers or superiors of warning these women of retaliation if they ever reported what happened to them.
What is happening now?
The CIA is currently struggling with serious allegations against a few of its employees. Of course, this doesn’t mean all CIA employees condoned or even knew about these situations. Now, leaders within the CIA are working with other government agencies to end sexual harassment within this agency.
To stop misconduct, the CIA’s Director is now streamlining claims to provide top-notch support to CIA employees who were victims of workplace harassment. This individual is also actively replacing workers who are higher up within this agency, especially the people leading the CIA’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. Hopefully, these changes will eliminate future allegations from its former or current employees.