Allison Donahue Bio – Allison Donahue Wiki
Allison Donahue is a reporter at Michigan Advance covering education, LGBT issues, women’s issues and immigration. Prior to Michigan Advance, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government.
She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. She served as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8.
Allison Donahue Age
She is 22 years old.
Allison Donahue Sexual Harassment
According to Allison Donahue, she was waiting outside the Michigan Senate chamber in Lansing to ask Sen. Pete Lucido about him being a member of a violent, anti-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Facebook group as reported by the Detroit Metro Times.
Lucido was hosting a group of students from his alma mater, De La Salle Collegiate, an all boy’s Catholic high school in Warren.
“I asked Lucido for a moment to address the issue at hand, and he told me he would catch up with me after he was finished honoring the group of students,” Donahue wrote in a first-person account. “As I turned to walk away, he asked, ‘You’ve heard of De La Salle, right?'”
Donahue said she hadn’t. “‘It’s an all boys’ school,’ he told me,” Donahue wrote. “‘You should hang around! You could have a lot of fun with these boys, or they could have a lot of fun with you.'”
Then “the teenagers burst into an Old Boys’ Network-type of laughter, and I walked away knowing that I had been the punchline of their ‘locker room’ talk.”
“The senator’s insinuating comments about the ‘fun’ I might have with a group of teenage boys was belittling and it came from a place of power,” she wrote. “It made me feel small and it made me want to walk away from the Capitol and tell my editor that Lucido wasn’t available to comment.”
But Donahue stayed put. “The 15-year-old girl in me, who didn’t know how to advocate for herself then, was telling me to do it now,” she wrote.
Donahue said that when Lucido returned, she asked him about the Facebook group and then, her voice shaking, gave him a piece of her mind.
“I thought the comment that you made was unprofessional in front of the group of boys, saying that I would have fun with them,” she wrote that she told Lucido. “I don’t know what you were insinuating, but—”
Donahue wrote that Lucido cut her off and went into a long explanation about how De La Salle is an all-male school and how he grew up feeling awkward around women.
“I didn’t even know how to act around a woman,” Lucido said, according to Donahue. Donahue wrote that when she countered that he wouldn’t have made that kind of remark to a male reporter, Lucido “assured me it was nothing personal and this is just how he talks to young women.”
Lucido issued an apology in a brief statement on Twitter. He said, “I apologize for the misunderstanding yesterday and for offending Allison Donahue.”
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told reporters, “I take this very seriously and intend to have a very intense and lengthy conversation with the senator as soon as we’re done with session. If those words that were reported are accurate, it’s very unacceptable, and that’s all I’ve got to say about it.”
Rep. Debbie Dingell said on Twitter, “We must stand up to sexist, violent hate speech everywhere- especially in government institutions. Thank you @donahual for bravely telling your story.”