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Seattle law firm: having sexual harassment policy isn't enough, annual training is key

When it comes to the workplace, a Seattle law firm that works with companies on harassment said just having a policy isn't enough. They said annual sexual harassment training is key to protecting employees. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center said they've seen a spike in people coming forward to report incidents, in the wake of public sexual assault accusations being made against high-profile figures.

They said calls increased 44 percent over a 10-day period as the "Me too" campaign was trending compared to the same period last year.

Some of those callers said they experienced sexual abuse themselves, others are friends and family seeking help for loved ones.

When it comes to the workplace, a Seattle law firm that works with companies on harassment said just having a policy isn't enough. They said annual sexual harassment training is key to protecting employees.

"Employees have to investigate every report of harassment to determine whether misconduct did occur and take corrective action," said Richard Lentini, from the Ryan Swanson Law Firm.

If you need help or information you can call the King County Sexual Assault Resource line at 1-888-99-VOICE (86423).

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