Franken in 2010: ‘Isn’t There a Certain Age When the (Sexual Assault) Issue Goes Away?’ Franken in 2010: ‘Isn’t There a Certain Age When the (Sexual Assault) Issue Goes Away?’ – NTK Network

Franken in 2010: ‘Isn’t There a Certain Age When the (Sexual Assault) Issue Goes Away?’

Four days before he allegedly groped a woman's behind while taking a picture with her, Franken asked a group of social services leaders: "Isn't there a certain age when the (sexual assault) issue goes away?"

By NTK Staff | 11.20.2017 @11:00am
Franken in 2010: ‘Isn’t There a Certain Age When the (Sexual Assault) Issue Goes Away?’

Al Franken was accused of sexual harassment by a second woman on Monday, who alleged that Franken grabbed her behind while they took a picture together in Minnesota in August 2010.

From CNN:

Lindsay Menz, a 33-year-old woman who now lives in Frisco, Texas, reached out to CNN on Thursday hours after Tweeden made her story public. Menz said she wanted to share an “uncomfortable” interaction that left her feeling “gross.”

According to Menz, she attended the Minnesota State Fair with her husband and father in the summer of 2010, almost two years after Franken was elected to the Senate.

…Then, as her husband held up her phone and got ready to snap a photo of the two of them, Franken “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear,” Menz said. “It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek.”

An event from just days before that incident, though, indicates that Franken may not have understood the gravity of sexual assault.

According to the Worthington Daily Globe, Franken met with a group of seniors’ advocates in Slayton, Minnesota. One official explained to Franken that “seniors with prison or sexual abuse backgrounds are getting harder to place” in the state.

Franken responded by asking if the sexual assault issue “goes away” at a certain age, according to the Daily Globe.

“There are long-term solutions, such as early childhood education and parenting,” Franken offered. “And isn’t there a certain age when the (sexual assault) issue goes away?”

The Daily Globe story does not detail how officials responded to Franken’s question, but the issue doesn’t go away at “a certain age” – and that includes Franken, who is having to answer for serious and years-old allegations.

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