Reported Sexual Harassment Cases in Maine on the Rise

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WMTW) - Here in Maine-- new data shows that the number of reported sexual harassment complaints is skyrocketing.

In the past two years -- the Maine Human Rights Commission is dealing with roughly twice the number of complaints seen in the previous three years.

From 2015 to 2016 they had more than 190 cases.

The commission's executive director hopes that more awareness and support of victims is leading to a larger proportion of them coming forward.

"I think there's a lot going on in general right now around the country, sort of with the me too movement, and social media, that people are hopefully more willing to come forward," said Amy Sneirson of the Human Rights Commission.

Maine now has one of the most strict policies in the country regarding sexual harassment training in the workplace -- something the commission believes might help increase reporting.