Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe West must deter aggression from tyrants better than it did last century Hillicon Valley — Blinken unveils new cyber bureau at State Blinken formally announces new State Department cyber bureau MORE said Monday all State Department employees will be required to take sexual harassment training by June 1.
“It’s not OK if you’re seeing it happening and just look away. You must do something. You must notify someone. You must step in and intervene,” Tillerson told U.S. Embassy staff in Cairo.
Tillerson said he could not think of a type of treatment that is more demeaning than sexual harassment, Reuters reported.
Tillerson is on a tour of the Middle East, where he is also scheduled to visit Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
Tillerson’s comments come roughly a week after the House passed landmark legislation to overhaul sexual harassment policies in Congress. That bill, if passed in the Senate, would alter counseling requirements and require members of Congress to pay for their own sexual harassment settlements.
Also last week, two White House staffers resigned while denying allegations of domestic abuse.
The political world has been rocked in recent months by a series of allegations of sexual misconduct.
Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMeet the Democrats' last best hope of preserving a House majority Franken rules out challenge against Gillibrand for Senate seat Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour MORE (D-Minn.), Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersA presidential candidate pledge can right the wrongs of an infamous day Michigan redistricting spat exposes competing interests in Democratic coalition Detroit voters back committee to study reparations MORE Jr. (D-Mich.), Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdThe biggest political upsets of the decade Members spar over sexual harassment training deadline Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations MORE (R-Texas), Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Arizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems MORE (R-Ariz.), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and others have announced in recent months their retirement or resignation in the face of accusations of misconduct.
More than a dozen women have accused President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE of sexual misconduct, which he has denied. Several Democratic senators late last year called for hearings on the allegations.