The Minnesota House of Representatives is moving forward with its long look at itself about how it treats sexual harassment in its halls.
This week a task force report showed that nearly one in five members of that body report being sexually harassed or have witnessed some form of harassment.
That report was done in the wake of scandal last year, when two lawmakers resigned, after women accused them of harassment.
Former Representative Erin Maye Quade was one of those accusers.
“It doesn't surprise me,” Maye Quade said Thursday about the number of women who say they are harassed in that report.
Maye Quade has since left the legislature, but this report is very much because of her whistle-blowing.
Maye Quade's harassment came in unwanted text messages, and whispers on the house floor.
Whispers some asked about out loud about, questioning if they were just jokes that Maye Quade didn't get.
“First, if you must tell me it's a joke, it’s not a joke it’s not funny," she said. "The second is that’s just a way people in power often can demean other people and get away it with it.”
“Commenting on my body when I’m on the floor speaking about an education bill isn't funny, it's not a joke," she added.
And now a year after the consequence for those lawmakers she accused came, this report has come.
“To know 70 percent of staff filled this out and these are the results we are getting, there is an appetite to have a place to say, here is what is happening in our workplace, here is what is happening in the capitol where the people should be represented and safe," she said.
She hopes that with her story, and this report, change is on its way to our state house. Once, and for all.