A Member of Congress Exposed Himself to a Staffer, Lawmakers Say

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On Tuesday, the House Administration Committee held a hearing on how to prevent sexual harassment in Congress. House lawmakers went beyond simply extolling the importance of mandatory sexual harassment training - they also brought to light a handful of allegations concerning sitting members of Congress, including that there are now two sitting members of Congress who have sexually harassed female staffers with no repercussions.

The account of the member exposing himself, Comstock said, is "probably a crime".

Since Rep. Speier came forward to shed light on her own experience as a victim of sexual harassment in Congress, other current and past members have joined her. Mary Bono, a former Republican member from California, told the Associated Press a current member of Congress once approached her on the House floor to say he had been thinking of her in the shower.

"I know what it's like years later to remember that rush of humiliation and anger", Speier added.

She said that when she was just starting her career in politics, the chief of staff in her office sexually assaulted her.

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

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

Two female lawmakers accused three sitting male members of Congress of sexual misconduct during a hearing on Tuesday in which they criticized the House's sexual harassment policies and called for reform.

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"But 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.

"The present system may have been okay in the dark ages", Speier said.

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

On Tuesday, CNN reported the existence of a so-called "creep list," an informal list of male lawmakers and staffers who have sexually harassed or abused their colleagues, that is passed around Capitol Hill by word of mouth.

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".

"Amongst ourselves, we know", a former Senate aide said.

Earlier in the hearing, Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia said a former staffer told her that a Congressman asked a staffer to bring some materials to his residence, greeted her at the door wearing a towel and exposed himself after he invited her inside.

The comments came during the House Administration Committee's first hearing to review sexual misconduct policy in the House of Representatives.

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