Congresswomen accuse two U.S. lawmakers of sexual harassment

A Congresswoman Claims That At Least Two Current Members Of Congress Are Sexual Harassers

A Congresswoman Claims That At Least Two Current Members Of Congress Are Sexual Harassers

"They want the system fixed and the perpetrators held accountable".

California Congresswoman Jackie Speier revealed that two current members of Congress, who she wouldn't name, have sexually harassed staffers.

The Committee on House Administration is now reviewing the policies in place to address sexual harassment within the Congress.

Comstock told the story involving the unidentified congressman at a hearing on preventing sexual harassment in Congress, saying she doesn't know who the member is but heard the story from a trustworthy source.

The claims also come as conservative former judge Roy Moore, a candidate for US Senate, faces startling accusations by five women claiming he sexually assaulted or pursued them when they were teenagers in Alabama. As Republicans distance themselves from Moore, lawmakers in the House and Senate are working to address sexual misconduct in the Congressional workplace.

Since then, Speier said her office has received calls from a multitude of current and former Capitol Hill staffers sharing their experiences of sexual harassment.

Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockWilson endorses Foxx as next House Education chairman House transfers DC Metro board appointments to DOT Dems target DC-area GOP rep on Metro funding MORE (R-Va.), a member of the House Administration Committee, said she had heard of an unidentified male lawmaker who exposed himself to a young female staffer.

"There is a renewed recognition of this problem, rightfully, and a recognition of a culture that looks the other way because of who the offenders are", said Comstock.

"This type of behavior can not be tolerated", said Republican Chairman Gregg Harper of MS at the close of the hearing.

Last week the Senate passed a measure requiring harassment training for senators and congressional aides. They said sexual harassment might be pervasive among the thousands of women who work here, and they acknowledged they don't have the rules in place to stop it.

Later this week, Speier will also introduce legislation to overhaul the process that victims of harassment undergo when they file complaints to the Office of Compliance, which she has called "toothless" and says is created to protect harassers and not the harassed.

After the incident, the woman quit her job.

"Is it any wonder that many staffers never file formal complaints?"

She also noted that cases between staff members and lawmakers are "very rare" and that mediation cases are overwhelmingly between two staff members.

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