The Senate recently passed a resolution which will require senators and their staffers to undergo sexual harassment training. It’s not clear what this training will entail. I’m skeptical, because we live in a world where complimenting a woman can be misconstrued and interpreted as “sexual harassment.” At the same time, Washington D.C.– much like Hollywood– has a problem. Pervy-ness is ingrained in the culture over there.
“Making harassment training mandatory in the Senate sends a clear message: harassment of any kind is not and will not be tolerated in Congress. Period,” Sen. Klobuchar said in a statement.
I personally hope they name the resolution after Bill Clinton.
In similar news, word has it there’s an unofficial “creep list” circulating on Capitol Hill. It’s an unwritten list (so it’s spreading by word of mouth) of lawmakers and Capitol Hill staffers who are, well, known for being total creeps and exhibiting unwanted sexual behavior.
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.
There are also unsaid rules that are going around.
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.
The thing is, a lot of these young, female interns don’t report the abuse, because they reciprocate in hopes that it’ll land them a good job. It’s so bad that some describe it as a “sex trade on Capitol Hill.”
“Amongst ourselves, we know,” a former Senate staffer told CNN.
I want these people to name names. If this is really going down, they should expose the pervy lawmakers. But that’s the thing. Many of them won’t, because they’d have to admit that they’re going along with it willingly.
That’s not victim-blaming. That’s just reality.
DC is gross.
h/t The Hill