In light of the recent string of sexual harassment and assault allegations, Speaker of the House announced today that there will be mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all Members and staff of the House.
Ryan tweeted the decision, saying “Harassment in any form has no place in this institution.”
He also issued a statement on his website, as. The statement came after the Committee on House Administration held a hearing as part of its ongoing review of the House’s sexual harassment policies.
The statement reads as follows:
“Today’s hearing was another important step in our efforts to combat sexual harassment and ensure a safe workplace. I want to especially thank my colleagues who shared their stories. Going forward, the House will adopt a policy of mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all Members and staff. Our goal is not only to raise awareness, but also make abundantly clear that harassment in any form has no place in this institution. 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.”
The decision likely comes as a result of the ongoing allegations against Republican nominee for the Senate Roy Moore. Moore has been accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old.
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