Democratic Congresswoman Alleges Two Sitting Lawmakers Have 'Engaged In Sexual Harassment'

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 14, 2017

Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that she knows of two members of Congress who are now in office ― a Democrat and a Republican ― who have sexually harassed staffers. The current lengthy and convoluted process makes it hard for accusers to step forward and discourages them from doing so. A House committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on its sexual harassment policy and training.

Speier did not name the members.

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.

She is also crafting another bill to overhaul the process available for staff to file harassment complaints with Office of Compliance, which she says discourages victims from coming forward.

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), a member on the committee, also said she had heard of a congressman who is now serving who had exposed himself to a young female staffer.

The harassment ranged from comments asking "Are you going to be a good girl?" and powerful men exposing their genitals. She did not know the identity of the congressman.

For the first time, all staff members and senators will be required to watch a training video on sexual harassment, Senate offices were told Monday, following new rules passed last week. "At that point, he made a decision to expose himself", Comstock said. "She left and then she quit her job", Comstock said.

"What are we doing here for women right now", she added, "who are dealing with someone like that?"

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