Silence Lifts in State Houses as Harassment Scandals Bring Swift Penalties

The cascade of allegations has prompted broad disavowals and public calls for resignations in male-dominated legislatures.

Beneath the wave of sexual misconduct allegations in recent weeks against male lawmakers and candidates lies a common theme: These offenses had been going on for decades, but were either unacknowledged or dealt with quietly.Now, veils of silence in legislative chambers are lifting as public disavowals and calls for resignations pour in against the accused, even from fellow party members.Roiling the political world in the last week was a report in The Washington Post that four women had accuse...