Sexual predators run rampant in Hollywood, but what about in Washington D.C.? According to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, there is harassment on Capitol Hill and the sexual harassment policies in the workplace need to be changed.
I never put merit into anything Pelosi says, but sometimes even a blind squirrel finds a nut. Is it only a matter of time before the sexual harassment charges start pouring out of the capitol, much like Hollywood?
“I think we are at a tipping point in our country,” Pelosi said, “For a long time the Congress was a place where every congressional office had its own rules. … The system needs to be changed.”
Her comments come in the wake of accusations against Democratic donor and film mogul Harvey Weinstein that have sparked a wave of sexual harassment and assault revelations in various industries, including in state and national legislatures.
Complaints of inappropriate behavior on Capitol Hill are handled by the Office of Compliance, which requires a lengthy mediation period. This week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) filed a bill that would streamline the system to handle such complaints and allow congressional interns the same resources as regular staffers.
Gillibrand said, “Congress should never be above the law or play by their own set of rules. The current process has little accountability and even less sensitivity to victims of sexual harassment.”
She added, “We must ensure that this institution handles complaints to create an environment where staffers can come forward if something happens to them without having to fear that it will ruin their careers,” she continued, “You see time and again in institutions all around the country … a culture where power and fear keep sexual assault and sexual harassment in the shadows. Congress is no different.”
Even House Speaker Paul Ryan has asked the House to take a “sexual harassment awareness training” class.
While I think its is a good idea, I also think that there needs to be emphasis on how wrong it is to cry wolf against a person, when they did not do what they are being accused of. Many women accuse men of rape and harassment for attention or because they need some type of leverage, or maybe even for revenge. Instances like the should not be tolerated.
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