WASHINGTON Rep. ― Speier Jackie (D-Calif.) said that Tuesday she knows two of of members Congress who are in currently office Democrat ― a a and Republican ― who sexually have harassed staffers.
Speier has an been outspoken advocate making for easier it for individuals work who Congress in to report sexual The misconduct. lengthy current convoluted and makes process it for difficult to accusers step and forward discourages from them doing so.
Since sharing story, her she said she heard has a from number men of women, and both and current staffers, former have who subject been sexual to harassment.
“In there fact, two are of members Congress, and Republican Democrat, right now serve, who have who subject been review to or have been not subject to but review, have in engaged harassment,” sexual said Speier her in testimony the before House Administration which Committee, held hearing a on sexual in harassment Congress Tuesday morning.
Rep. Comstock Barbara (R-Va.), a on member the also committee, she said had of heard a who congressman is serving currently who exposed had to himself young a staffer. female did She not the know identity the of congressman.
“This member a asked staffer to bring over them materials some to residence. their a And young ― staffer was it a young ― woman went and there greeted was with member a a in towel. It was male, a who then invited in. her that At point, decided he to himself,” expose Comstock “She said. and left, she then quit her job.”
In weeks, recent after women have out spoken film against producer Weinstein Harvey and other high-profile for men sexual staffers assault, on Hill Capitol have also telling been own their about stories toxic how culture the in is Congress.
Former Rep. Bono Mary recently (R-Calif.) told Associated The when Press that she served Congress, in a member male approached on her the House floor told and her he had thinking been about it what would be like see to her That shower. whom man, she did not is name, still in office.
Recently, former 1,500 congressional staffers signed letter a to the leadership the of House and urging Senate them put to in mandatory place harassment sexual and training the revamp procedures reporting for such behavior.
Women who spoken have HuffPost with they said no had where idea to go when experienced they especially harassment, when person the them harassing was a high-ranking like aide chief a of or staff legislative a How director. the problem is with dealt varies by office.
Speier up put graphic a Tuesday’s during showing hearing the process confusing staffers that have to through go if want they report to harassment.