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Excerpt: "In fact, there are two members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, right now, who serve, who have been subject to review or have not been subject to review, but have engaged in sexual harassment."

Democratic Representative Jackie Speier shares her sexual assault story in an effort to change Capitol Hill. (photo: AP)
Democratic Representative Jackie Speier shares her sexual assault story in an effort to change Capitol Hill. (photo: AP)


Female Democrat Says at Least Two Current Members Engaged in Sexual Harassment

By Cristina Marcos, The Hill

14 November 17

 

ep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) told a House panel on Tuesday that at least two current members of Congress have engaged in sexual harassment.

"In fact, there are two members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, right now, who serve, who have been subject to review or have not been subject to review, but have engaged in sexual harassment," Speier said in remarks during a House Administration Committee hearing on Capitol Hill harassment policies.

Speier did not name either of the lawmakers.

Speier shared her own experience of sexual harassment earlier this month in a video in which she described a chief of staff forcibly kissing her when she was a congressional staffer.

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.

The harassment ranged from comments asking "Are you going to be a good girl?" and powerful men exposing their genitals.

Earlier this month, Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), now a member of the House Democratic leadership, told The Associated Press that a male lawmaker had repeatedly ogled her and at one point inappropriately touched her on the House floor.

Rep. Barbara Comstock (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.

According to Comstock, the lawmaker asked the staffer to bring materials to his residence. He opened the door in only a towel, invited the staffer inside and proceeded to expose himself.

The staffer subsequently quit, Comstock said.

Speier has introduced legislation to require annual sexual harassment awareness training for lawmakers and staff, who would have to file a certificate of completion with the House Ethics Committee.

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

Under the current system, staffers must undergo months of counseling and mediation with the employing office before they can formally file a complaint.


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+5 # Juanbaltimore 2017-11-15 04:35
"Under the current system, staffers must undergo months of counseling and mediation with the employing office BEFORE (my emphasis) they can formally file a complaint. BEFORE. Really. OMG
 
 
+1 # Wise woman 2017-11-15 23:03
Quoting Juanbaltimore:
"Under the current system, staffers must undergo months of counseling and mediation with the employing office BEFORE (my emphasis) they can formally file a complaint. BEFORE. Really. OMG


As usual to make it as difficult as possible for victims to come forward and make a complaint. As if these poor people weren't already terrorized enough. The suppression of women is as old as time. Perhaps now is the time to end it. We will see.
 
 
+4 # jokr8790 2017-11-15 12:04
WHAT is this trend of morons going all over the place and exposing themselves, besides exposing themselves as morons that is?
 
 
0 # librarian1984 2017-11-16 08:02
It's not a new trend. It is a distinct behavior by a noticeable percentage of exhibitionists.

There is a website asking women when they were first exposed to, since most women have experienced this multiple times. From reading a number of those entries, eight years old seems to be a popular point at which men decide they should see their first penis.

I myself was lucky. I was about ten, and walking home from school alone, when a man drove up beside me and stopped to ask me for directions. When I approached the car I saw he was playing with himself.

Since that time I've probably seen similar behavior at least a dozen times.

I've found the most effective response is to laugh loudly, and have been known to chase perps down the street.

Women live in a whole different world.
 

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