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

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

The hearing comes as the national spotlight on workplace sexual misconduct turns to Capitol Hill.

According to Comstock, the lawmaker asked the staffer to bring materials to his residence.

"That kind of situation - what are we doing here, for women right now who are dealing with somebody like that?" Kirsten Gillibrand recently announced legislation aimed at overhauling the current process staffers take to report sexual harassment.

On Nov. 14, over 50 sources who now or previously worked in Congress said that they had experienced sexual harassment or knew someone who had been harassed.

"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", she said during her testimony. She did not disclose the accused's identities.

Barbara Comstock, R-10th, said Tuesday that a sitting member of Congress exposed himself to a young female staffer who then quit her job.

To perpetrators exposing their genitals, to victims having their private parts grabbed on the House floor. "All they ask in return is that we fix our abusive system and hold perpetrators accountable". She noted that the current system requires accusers to sign non-disclosure agreements before mediation sessions, as well as a 30-day cooling off period in which the accuser is still required to work in the same office. "There is zero accountability and transparency", she said. "It is not appropriate for the 21st century".

A female political veteran asserted that many women in Capitol Hill felt pressured to reciprocate male lawmakers' sexual advances in order to further their careers.

Last month, Rep. Speier publicly shared her story of being sexually harassed by the chief of staff in her office when she was a staffer.

Later this week, Speier will also introduce legislation to overhaul the process that victims of harassment undergo when they file complaints to the Office of Compliance, which she has called "toothless" and says is created to protect harassers and not the harassed.

CNN spoke with more than 50 lawmakers, aides, and political operatives who testified to a culture of harassment and inappropriate treatment of young women, in particular, by men in positions of power.

The hearing comes in the wake of a slew of high-profile sexual harassment and assault allegations against both politicians and celebrities, and was meant to allow members of Congress to review their own internal policies and training on sexual harassment.

Over 50 lawmakers, congressional staffers and political operatives have disclosed that sexual harassment is rampant in the U.S. Congress.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have now called on him to drop out of the race, while the editorial board of the Alabama Media Group branded him "grossly unfit for office".

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