Lawmakers say sexual harassers serving in Congress

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On Tuesday, speaking before the Committee on House Administration, Speier said that since launching #MeTooCongress, current and former staffers have flooded her office with stories of unwanted sexual advances, touching, and, in one case, exposure.

The account of the member exposing himself, Comstock said, is "probably a crime". Then, she said, they are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement before moving on to mediation.

- Scandalous accusations were made against members of Congress during a House hearing for sexual harassment on Capitol Hill on Tuesday after a Congresswoman testified that some members have exposed themselves to staffers and sexually assaulted some victims on the House floor.

"I have had numerous meetings with phone calls with staffers, both present and former, women and men who have been subjected to this inexcusable and often illegal behavior", she said.

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Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) also told the committee that incidents of sexual harassment and assault were likely being conducted by current House members, telling the story of an unnamed representative who allegedly showed their genitals to a female staffer. "She left, and then she quit her job". "We can and should lead by example", Ryan said in a letter to members and staff. "They want the system fixed, and the perpetrators held accountable".

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

"Our goal is not only to raise awareness, but also make abundantly clear that harassment in any form has no place in this institution", Ryan said in a statement. The Senate passed a resolution last week mandating such training for members and aides.

One possible solution to the issue has already been suggested - mandatory sexual harassment training for all lawmakers and their staff.

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Interns and fellows do not have access to the process, she noted.

Many lawmakers and victims of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill have complained about the process by which sexual harassment reports are handled at the Capitol. If a member of Congress has been accused, they receive a House lawyer to represent them for free while the accuser does not receive free counsel.

"This member asked a staffer to bring them over some materials to their residence and the young staffer, it was a woman".

In the Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, is proposing a bill that would streamline the reporting process in the Office of Compliance, the little-known office that handles such complaints.

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