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At Colorado statehouse, the #MeToo movement is exposing a culture of harassment and weak protections for women

“It can’t go back in the shadows anymore. Otherwise, in 10 years, we will just have more sad #MeToo stories.”

The warnings start as whispers echoing through the marbled hallways at the Colorado state Capitol.

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The cautionary tales — passed from lobbyist to lawmaker, lawmaker to staffer, staffer to aide — remained hushed in a place where power and fear create a culture that often tolerates sexual harassment and questionable behavior with few repercussions.

The quiet ended this month. Three female lawmakers came forward individually with allegations of unwanted sexual advances from male colleagues, and separately three female former aides and interns are accusing three male lawmakers of acting inappropriately.

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