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    Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington (File)

    Fury as US Secretary of Transportation Says Harassment Victims Should ‘Let Go’

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    Elaine Chao said that women who had experienced sexual misconduct in the workplace should forget about it and move on with their lives, inciting a gaggle of online critics.

    The Transportation Secretary has confessed that she has been harassed without giving any further details on the incident and her abuser. Despite being a victim of the practice, Chao said that women should not “dwell on the past”. 

    “This is an important lesson. You know, you will go through difficulties in your life. And I hope you will all triumph. And when you triumph, you need to help others along the way. But you also must have magnanimity of spirit. Things change. Times change. And it's not worth my while to go back and revisit those negative moments.”

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    She claimed she was ‘fighting for other women”, although her controversial statement sparked rage among feminists and social justice advocates online, who retaliated via Twitter.

    Chao’s statement comes right amid a wave of sexual allegations against famous powerful and influential men from different industries. The list, headed by film producer Harvey Weinstein, includes such prominent Hollywood actors as Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman, television journalist Matt Lauer, US senators Roy Moore, Al Franken, etc.

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