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Rep. Barbara Comstock Details Staffer's Report of Harassment by Current Congressman

Rep. Barbara Comstock Details Staffer's Report of Harassment by Current Congressman

She continued, "These harasser propositions such as, 'Are you going to be a good girl?' To perpetrators exposing their genitals, to victims having their private parts grabbed on the House floor".

The hearing was scheduled as a wave of victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault come forward with accusations against powerful figures in Hollywood, media and politics.

"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 her testimony before the House Administration Committee, which held a hearing on sexual harassment in Congress Tuesday morning.

"I just did what most women in my position would've done and just never ended up in a room near him again", Speier said.

House Democrat Jackie Speier, an advocate for an improved anti-harassment system in Congress, said she was aware of two sitting congressmen, a Republican and a Democrat, who "have engaged in sexual harassment".

Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock told FOX 5 she knew one former Capitol Hill staffer who had a Congressman expose himself to her.

The staffer subsequently quit, Comstock said.

"There is a new recognition of this problem and the need for change of culture that looks the other way because of who the offenders are", she said.




"But that kind of situation - what are we doing here for women right now who are dealing with somebody 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", he emphasized.

Last week the Senate passed a measure requiring harassment training for senators and congressional aides.

There is now no requirement for sexual harassment training in the House of Representatives, but individual offices may voluntarily have their staffs attend trainings offered by the Office of Compliance.

Congressional leaders said they are ready to order mandatory sexual harassment prevention training for all offices of the U.S. House, but there is no timetable for getting that done.

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


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