Allegations of abuse within Die Linke: Other alleged victims

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Left Party Abuse Allegations – Other Alleged Victims Report

Leftist President Janine Wissler defends herself against the fact that

Left-wing president Janine Wissler defends herself against being “accused of having protected anyone”

Source: dpa/Bernd von Jutrczenka

After allegations of sexual assaults recently became public within the Hessian Left Party, other alleged victims have now come forward. They also come from other national associations. There have already been criticisms of the party’s plans to come to terms with the past.

NOTfter the sexual assault allegations became known among leftists in Hesse, other alleged victims contacted the left-wing Solid Youth, which is affiliated with the party. Strong federal spokeswoman Sarah Dubiel spoke on Sunday at the request of more than 20 other affected people from several state associations. “Spiegel Online” previously reported on the other suspected cases.

“Der Spiegel” published suspected cases of sexual violence within the Hessian Left Party on Friday. There are various documents referring to “alleged border crossings, abuse of power and a toxic macho culture”, the newsmagazine wrote after speaking to ten women and men.

The Hessian state executive council then said it would take the allegations very seriously. Federal President Janine Wissler, former parliamentary group leader in the Hessian state parliament, also objected to the fact that “I am accused of having protected anyone”.

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According to the state executive board, the Hessian left was aware of the allegations as early as the end of November 2021. Since then, the party has started “to work on it at all levels”. As a further step in the processing, the Hessian state association wants to find “neutral” shop stewards, as he explained on Saturday. They must not occupy any position or function within the party. The research should be completed after Easter.

The announcement came too late and was only preventive, Dubiel criticized: “It will not change anything in the current affairs.” Professionally trained and educated contact persons are required. “The party must now spend money, both for treatment and for contact persons for other potential cases,” demanded Dubiel.

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