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'No More Silence': Sexual Harassment Protest Held At Capitol

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Demonstrators took a stand against sexual harassment Friday at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Democratic Senator Dan Schoen and Republican Representative Tony Cornish face accusations from various women, including a lawmaker and a lobbyist.

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Dozens of protesters rallied inside the Capitol Rotunda. Among them was DFL Rep. Erin Maye Quade. She says Schoen made unwanted advances via text message.

Maye Quade also says Cornish texted her about her appearance.

"There is a lot of work to do, and it's got to start in the People's House," she said.

The protest was organized before news broke of Sen. Al Franken's alleged incident with Leeann Tweeden. Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto called on him to resign.

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"It's hard. He's a friend, he's an ally and he's very effective," Otto said. "But we cannot have a double standard."

The speakers also called out Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt to create consequences for sexual harassment.

They said they will push to have an equal rights amendment in the constitution next year.

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