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Ernst expresses concern over military harassment


United States senate Candidate Joni Ernst has revealed that she was sexually harassed while serving in the military.

The Iraq veteran says she was able to stop the unwanted advances by simply telling the person to stop. But for others it can go much further.

She says if elected, she plans to be part of a proposal to help stop sexual harassment in the military.

"It does happen. The military is a microcosm of every other place in society," said Iowa State Senator Joni Ernst. "It is an issue that needs to be resolved in the military, so I do believe we need to talk about this, and we need to find bi-partisan support to get a bill through."

Ernst says her passion for stopping sexual harassment dates back to her time at Iowa State University, when she volunteered at a women's crisis shelter.

CNN contributed to this report.

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