August 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Jackie Speier (D- San Francisco/San Mateo) today released the following statement on the conduct of Bob Filner, Mayor of San Diego, and former U.S. Congressman and Chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs:

“The continuing accusations about Bob Filner’s conduct towards women are disturbing on every level. As a public official and former member of Congress, Filner’s pattern of behavior is a serious breach of the public trust. He has jeopardized the careers of those he targeted. In particular, his actions towards members of our military, and survivors of sexual assault, are sickening. He has admitted he was wrong and is seeking treatment, but he can never undo his abuses of power and status. 

“I believe all members of Congress and staff should be required to take sexual harassment training. Not only to curb this type of behavior, but also to empower victims who feel they can’t step forward with the truth.” 

Filner has been accused of making unwanted advances, from groping to verbal passes, by 13 women. According to an August 7 story by CNN, at least eight female veterans and members of the National Women's Veterans Association of America (NWVAA) in San Diego have made accusations against the mayor. Almost all of the women say they were victims of sexual assault while they were in the military.