Petition calls for resignation from Stephenson County board member after suggestion on sexual harassment policies

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — A Freeport woman is taking action after hearing insensitive comments made during a Stephenson County committee meeting.

The response comes in the forms of an online petition and protest. Earlier this month, Stephenson County Board Member Alvin Wire suggested a change to a sexual harassment policy–placing blame on the victim instead of the harasser.

The petition calls for Wire’s resignation. Over 500 people have signed it as of Wednesday evening. A protest is also scheduled for Saturday. Organizers are calling Saturday’s demonstration Wire’s “retirement party.”

Wire has been removed from all committes.

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