New Schoen accuser says there's 'a pattern of inappropriate sexual interactions'

The state senator is facing allegations from a fourth woman.
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Another woman who has come forward to accuse Sen. Dan Schoen of inappropriate sexual behavior says it's not about a single incident – but a pattern of behavior.

Ellen Anderson, a media coordinator with the Senate DFL, shared her story Tuesday. While working for the Senate in 2015, she says Schoen – a state rep at the time, whom she was friendly with – sent her an "inappropriate" Snap.

That Snap, she told MPR, was a photo of a penis.

"I knew it crossed the line, but at the time, I assumed it was a one-time error in judgment" Anderson said in a statement through the DFL Tuesday.

In the past week, she's learned that may not be the case.

This is the fourth allegation of inappropriate behavior made against the DFLer Schoen recently

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The three previous were first reported by MinnPost, and made by Rep. Erin Maye Quade, former candidate Lindsey Port, and a woman (who wanted to remain anonymous) that said she was sent an unsolicited photo of a penis over Snapchat.

After hearing that "disturbing" news, Anderson said she "felt it necessary to speak out because it is evident to me that Sen. Schoen has a pattern of inappropriate sexual interactions with colleagues and staff."

Schoen has denied everything, though is facing mounting pressure from colleagues to resign as a state senator.

Anderson said she never wants anyone who works in the Minnesota Legislature to feel unsafe, adding she hopes "this conversation can help make that a reality."

"Legislators are human and no human is perfect, but this is bigger than Sen. Schoen and the Capitol. It’s bigger than Hollywood or D.C.," she said. "We can only change this culture if we admit it exists."

While the high-profile figures get much of the attention – Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Mark Halperin, Harvey WeinsteinRoy PriceTerry RichardsonGeorge H.W. Bush, etc. – the problem of inappropriate sexual behavior is one shared by everyone.

A YouGov poll found 22 percent of male respondents admitted to sending a d--k pic to a woman without being asked. (Another 37 percent didn't want to say.)

And 6 in every 10 women who had received a d--k pic said they'd been sent one without being asked, the poll also found. That number is even higher for younger women – 78 percent said they'd been sent an unsolicited photo of a penis.

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The three words women used most often to describe d--k pics? Stupid, gross, and sad. Another 12 percent found it "threatening," while just 9 percent found it "sexy" and 7 percent described it as "pleasing."

Mel Magazine gathered some thoughts from women who'd been sent unsolicited nudes by men, including this from Cassandra Garcia, a 23-year-old:

"Most of the time it’s shock. Then I immediately send it to my friends, like, 'Can you believe this a--hole?' For the next three weeks, it’s talking s--t about it to your friends. It’s sad that you have to make a joke out of it; otherwise you feel vulnerable and exposed, so you have to make light of it in order to push through it and survive. But the more we talk about it, the more we normalize it and the more it becomes a problem [that people are aware of]."

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