Women's Working Group Invites Sex Assault Victims to State of Union

Capitol at night

Party leaders generally don't dictate who rank-and-file members can invite with the one guest ticket each lawmaker is given.

"Some members will be bringing survivors of sexual assault and advocates as their guests", an aide to Florida Representative Lois Frankel told NBC News.

Democrat Jackie Speier tweeted that she and other Democratic women in the House of Representatives were calling on lawmakers from both parties "to wear black to this year's #SOTU in solidarity w/ survivors of sexual harassment/violence in Hollywood, politics, the military, academia, etc".

Allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct have swirled around Capitol Hill in recent months, with some lawmakers resigning or declining to run for re-election due to misconduct claims.

When Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union speech, he will have to stare down women who have been the victims of sexual misconduct. Sixty-six of them are Democrats. Dems propose writing campus sex assault guidance into law Dems unveil bill to write campus sexual assault guidance into law MORE (D-Fla.) told NBC News that some Democrats are planning the invitations to bring awareness to the issue.

Representative invites Congress to wear black to Trump's State of the Union address
Female lawmakers plan to wear black to Trump's State of the Union

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, Democratic members dressed in white - the color used by suffragettes as they fought for equal rights for women - to call out Trump's derogatory stances.

"Trump needs to have Juanita Broaddrick sitting front and center, and he needs to introduce her".

Jackie Speier is inviting Congress to wear black attire in an effort to show solidarity with the months-long #MeToo and Time's Up movements against sexual harassment and assault.

The annual message presented by the USA president to a joint session of the United States Congress typically includes a budget message and economic report of the nation, while also providing the president with an opportunity to outline their legislative agenda and national priorities for the year ahead.

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