Lawmakers say sexual harassers serving in Congress

Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Sexual Harassment in Congress

- 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.

Last week the Senate just passed a resolution making sexual harassment training mandatory for not only staffers and interns but also for Senate lawmakers.

Paul called the hearing an "important step" in efforts to combat sexual harassment and added, "As we work with the Administration, Ethics, and Rules committees to implement mandatory training, we will continue our review to make sure the right policies and resources are in place to prevent and report harassment".

According to Comstock, when the aide arrived, the lawmaker opened the door only wearing a towel, invited the staffer inside and then exposed himself.

"There are two members of congress, Republican and Democrat, right now, who serve, that have engaged in sexual harassment", Speier told the panel.

Until Ryan's announcement Tuesday, there was no requirement for sexual harassment training in the House of Representatives.

CNN spoke with more than 50 lawmakers, current and former Hill aides and political veterans who have worked in Congress, the majority of whom spoke anonymously to be candid and avoid potential repercussions.

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.

As for Moore, he has denied the allegations against him, but his support among mainstream Republicans has plummeted one month before the December 12 special election. Tuesday's hearing was stark and sometimes graphic.

"Many of us in Congress know what it's like, because Congress has been a breeding ground for a hostile work environment for far too long", she said in an October video encouraging other staffers to tell their stories.

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

"If someone wants to form a complaint they have to go through a month of legal counseling".

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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