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Veteran's Group Claims Mayor Bob Filner Sexually Harassed Rape Victims

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    The National Women Veteran Association of America want businesses and women's groups to join them in their campaign to remove Mayor Bob Filner from office. NBC 7's Danya Bacchus reports. (Published Thursday, Aug 8, 2013)

    A women’s veterans group claimed San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has sexually harassed victims of rape and the group is launching a “Please Resign” campaign.

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    National Women Veteran's Association of America President Tara Jones, whose organization reaches out to veteran women who have been sexually assaulted, said in a press conference Wednesday that members of her group have experienced inappropriate behavior from Filner at one of their own events.

    Shortly after multiple accusations surfaced claiming Filner had sexually harassed women, the group rescinded an offer for the mayor to speak at a benefit for sexual assault victims.

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    “I don’t appreciate being used as a bargaining chip to fulfill [Filner's]sexual desires,” said U.S. Marine Katherine Ragazzino while wiping away tears. (Published Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013)

    The mayor is currently participating in two-week intensive behavioral treatment at an undisclosed location.

    Jones, wearing a bright blue shirt that said “Please Resign,” called Filner “a wolf in sheep's clothing." She claimed the mayor re-victimizes women who have already been traumatized, and her organization is ashamed.

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    Jones did not detail what allegedly happened between the women and Filner. She said she personally was not harassed by him, but his actions toward other women is astounding.

    “Save yourself honor and resign," Jones said.