Rep. Jackie Speier said Wednesday that her bill requiring Capitol Hill members and staff to take sexual harassment training is gaining support in the House.
“We still have a serious problem in Congress. In part, because we’ve never addressed it. There’s no requirement, mandatory requirement, for sexual harassment training for members and staff. I have a bill to do that this year,” Ms. Speier, California Democrat, said on CNN. “It looks like Congress, clearly in the House, is going to address that.”
Ms. Speier has previously described her own experience with harassment when she was a junior staffer in Congress. She said the issue has not been properly addressed and something needs to be done to change the culture in Congress. Ms. Speier introduced her bill on Friday and her office has said they plan to introduce another bill to reform the process for those who do come forward.
“More importantly, we have a problem with a system that is really there to protect the accused, and to diminish the victim. And to the victims I’ve talked to who have current cases before the Office of Compliance, it’s a nightmare what they have gone through,” she explained.
Each individual office can elect to participate in sexual harassment training at the moment, but they are not required to do so in the House.
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