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Claire McCaskill donates $10K to intern hotline


Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters this week that she has contributed $10,000 toward setting up an Statehouse intern hotline for those who feel they’ve been harassed.

The money was from a personal account, not from taxpayers or her campaign account. It was given to the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

“The biggest issue facing someone who is being harassed in a situation where someone has more power than you have, is ‘Where can I go to find out what I should do?’ And that’s what this hotline would be for,” she said, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

The hotline, McCaskill added, gives interns a place to turn.

She also said she’s pleased with progress on the issue. McCaskill has talked openly the harassment she experienced as a Statehouse intern 40 years ago.