Paul Ryan Announces That US House Will Mandate Sexual Harassment Training

House lawmakers hold hearing on sexual harassment in Congress

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".

"At that point, he made a decision to expose himself".

Years before she was elected to Congress, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) was a U.S. House of Representatives staffer and said she was sexually harassed on the job. She did not know the identity of the congressman.

"A young staffer had been asked to go to a member's residence to bring some documents and was greeted by a member in a towel who then brought her in and exposed himself and she left and she made a decision to quit the office and has moved on", Comstock said.

In order to fix the problem, members called for mandatory in-person sexual harassment training and a regular climate survey of members and staff.




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".

"What are we doing for women right now who are dealing with somebody like that?" she asked. All they ask in return as staff members is to be able to work in a hostile-free work environment.

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. The Senate just last week passed a resolution making sexual harassment training mandatory, not just for staffers and interns, but also for Senate lawmakers. Alabama's Republican nominee for Senate has come under fire after several women have come forward with accounts of sexually inappropriate behavior or, in at least one case, assault, at Moore's hand when they were teenagers.

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.

Between 1997 and 2014, a little known Congressional fund paid out $15.2 million to 235 people who made sexual harassment claims in Congress. After 30 days of mandatory mediation, during which the office or member is represented by House of Representatives counsel, they then have to go through a 30 day "cooling off period".

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