Breitbart News reports that during a testimony before the Committee on House Administration on Tuesday, Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier remarked that she is aware of two members of Congress who have engaged in sexual harassment. Of the two current members of Congress who she claims have engaged in such behavior, one is a Republican and the other is a Democrat.
Speier remarked that “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 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. All they ask in return as staff members is to be able to work in a hostile-free work environment. They want the system fixed and the perpetrators held accountable.”
You can watch her full remarks in the video below.
Speier has proposed legislation requiring mandatory sexual harassment training as well as an easier process for reporting offenders. She is a California Democrat and has shared accounts of her encounters with sexual assault by using the #MeTooCongress hashtag. Since she revealed that she is also a victim of sexual harassment she has been flooded with a river of calls from former Hill staffers who were subjected to similar behavior.
Senator Claire McCaskill, another female representative, also remarked on Tuesday that she was sexually harassed as a Congress intern. She claims that it happened during college when she was interning during the summer of 1974, although she declined to name her aggressor.
The hearing on Tuesday before the Committee on House Administration comes in light of several sexual assault allegations against a variety of high-profile names in entertainment. Five women have made claims against Republican Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore, although he vigorously denies the claims. Moreover, ample evidence has not yet been provided for the majority of Republicans to call on him to resign, although the Democratic Party and the establishment wing of the Republican Party have in mass denounced him and called on him to step down.
In breaking news, Paul Ryan just announced what he is doing to combat sexual assault.