‘Toxic Macho Culture’ – Left Party facing sexual assault allegations
Sexual assaults allegedly took place in the Left Party in Hesse for years. An influential member took photos and videos of an underage woman in sexual poses, reports the “Spiegel”. The party takes a stand.
BThe Hessian Left Party has allegedly been sexually assaulted for years. According to a report by the news magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ that there have been cases of sexual violence over the years, the state’s executive board said on Friday: ‘We take the allegations made very seriously and know them since the end of November 2021 started working on it at all levels.” The party committee was shocked by the current reports.
There are documents such as chat logs, photos or emails as well as affidavits from those involved referring to “alleged border crossings, abuse of power and a toxic macho culture”, reported the “Spiegel “after discussions with ten women and men. .
“An influential member of the Wiesbaden Left Party” in the Hessian state parliament took pictures and videos of an underage woman in sexual poses. She then denounced the politician for coercion and insult. At the time of the incidents, the current Federal President, Janine Wissler, was the leader of the Left Party in Hesse. Wissler strongly objected that “I am accused of protecting anybody”.
“Sexual violence and sexism must have no place in our party,” a statement from the state executive said. The author’s claim of protection is rejected. Those affected were offered interviews and “a comprehensive code of conduct” was decided upon. The district association of Wiesbaden organizes a workshop on the topic “Sexism awareness”. At the next meeting of the Council of State on April 30, the appointment of one or more trusted persons is planned.
The Hessian Left Party wants to find ‘neutral’ shop stewards as a further step in dealing with sexual assault allegations. A spokesperson explained on Saturday that they should not hold any office or function within the party. The search for these should be completed after Easter. The left had announced the day before that one or more trustworthy people should be appointed for the next meeting of the State Board on April 30.