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Old 11-14-2017, 09:51 PM
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Be extra careful of the male lawmakers who sleep in their offices -- they can be trouble. Avoid finding yourself alone with a congressman or senator in elevators, late-night meetings or events where alcohol is flowing. And think twice before speaking out about sexual harassment from a boss -- it could cost you your career.

These are a few of the unwritten rules that some female lawmakers, staff and interns say they follow on Capitol Hill, where they say harassment and coercion is pervasive on both sides of the rotunda.

There is also the "creep list" -- an informal roster passed along by word-of-mouth, consisting of the male members most notorious for inappropriate behavior, ranging from making sexually suggestive comments or gestures to seeking physical relations with younger employees and interns.

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. With few exceptions, every person said they have personally experienced sexual harassment on the Hill or know of others who have.

In an environment with "so many young women," said one ex-House aide, the men "have no self-control." "Amongst ourselves, we know," a former Senate staffer said of the lawmakers with the worst reputations. And sometimes, the sexual advances from members of Congress or senior aides are reciprocated in the hopes of advancing one's career -- what one political veteran bluntly referred to as a "sex trade on Capitol Hill."

These anecdotes portray a workplace where women are subjected to constant harassment -- both subtle and explicit. They also highlight an antiquated reporting system that discourages some victims from speaking out, leaving many professionals on the Hill to rely instead on hushed advice from peers and mentors.

On Tuesday, a House committee held a hearing to examine the chamber's sexual harassment policies, and the Senate last week passed a resolution making sexual harassment training mandatory for senators, staff and interns -- two clear acknowledgments of the need for reform. Both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell support ramping up sexual harassment training.

One female congresswoman told CNN that she has experienced sexual harassment from her male colleagues on multiple occasions over the years, but she declined to speak on the record or detail those interactions.

"Half are harassers," she said of her male counterparts in Congress, before quickly adding that that was an over-estimate -- only "some are harassers," she said.
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Gee. Color me unsurprised that the corruption in Washington extends to such situations...
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Funniest thing, when Bill Clinton was acting as the harasser in chief it was just consensual sex nothing to see here move along. When multiple women accused him of groping them or worse is was perfectly OK for Hillary to attack them personally.

Oh wait, Republica6 are in the majority in Congress so sexual harassment must be at epidemic levels. Do something about it instead of repeal and replace Obamacare and tax reform and securing the border.
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Gee. Color me unsurprised that the corruption in Washington extends to such situations...
No surprise at all. It seems sexual harassment is prevalent among those who wield some type of power, has been for many years.

While I have definitely been harassed, grabbing my butt while I was sitting in a chair was or asked to come back to his room during a business trip unmistakable, I find that the definition of harassment has blurred a little in the last couple of decades.

Is complimenting someone on their attire harassment? Is asking a co-worker on a date harassment? Leaning over someone to show them something on their computer screen harassment? The occasional off-color joke?

I've dealt with all of the above and then some, and have never had a problem telling someone exactly where I stood on their actions. Once said, there were no repeat situations, and at least three times it was by my employer. I did not hold my tongue on fear of losing my job, I politely advised them that their advances were inappropriate. OK, there was one (the butt grabber) that I automatically swung at as a reaction first. I found myself a new job shortly there after.

So while I understand some people's situations when real harassment happens, I wonder if the 'sensitivity level' has not escalated in recent years.
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