Ruben Benavidez has been sued at least six times for allegations of physical assault and sexual harassment. While working as a correctional officer at the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem, Benavidez coerced inmates into sexual acts that he would record on his cellphone, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges.
The Southwest Washington school district has been battling public questions on whether school officials disregarded reports of unwanted sexual behaviors among students and teachers. One advocacy group has harshly criticized the district.
The #MeToo reckoning hits its four-year mark this week, and Charlotte Bennett credits the movement for creating the conditions that emboldened her to come forward with her story of sexual harassment by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.