HARRISBURG, Pa. — An unpaid senior adviser to the chairman of Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party is stepping down after a backlash over her Facebook comments regarding sexual harassment, including a warning that men may stop talking to women.

Valerie Kean Staab said Tuesday she was trying to provoke a Facebook discussion and her remarks have been misconstrued.

She says she never said sexual harassment is OK, but believes “there are women that are not innocent victims” and that “women have lied in the past.”

In a post last month, she was dismissive of women objecting that men have touched them inappropriately.

She says she wishes she’d worded her posts more carefully.

Groen says Staab’s comments are “not the line of the party.”

He’s apologizing for anyone offended by her actions or the party’s response.

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