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Nearly 50 Detail Sexual Harassment on Capitol Hill

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Women working on Capitol Hill say elevators are often the place where staff and members target or harass females. They say they have been advised to stop riding alone with men if possible, CNN said. (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 10:22 AM

Nearly 50 people, including congressional lawmakers and current and past aides, say they have personally experienced sexual harassment on Capitol Hill or know others who have, CNN is reporting.

According to the news network, sexual harassment is pervasive throughout Congress.

And CNN revealed there is a "creep list," consisting of lawmakers known for inappropriate behavior. The list is passed by word-of-mouth and includes male members known for everything from making sexually suggests comments and seeking physical relations.

The unwritten list is made up primarily of those House members, notorious for inappropriate behavior, CNN reported.

"Amongst ourselves, we know," a former Senate aide told CNN referring to sexual harassers. "There is a certain code amongst us, we acknowledge among each other what occur."

Women working on the Hill say elevators are often the place where staff and members target females. They say they have been advised to stop riding alone with men if possible, CNN said.

Capitol Hill is described by one Senate aide as "a sort of old school, Wild West workplace culture that has a lot of  'work hard, play hard' ethos and without the sort of standard professionalism that you find in more traditional workplaces."

With "so many young women" working on Capitol Hill, many of the men "have no self-control," one ex-House aide told CNN.

Some of the women interviewed by CNN specifically cited a Texas congressman for inappropriate behavior, while more than a half dozen named a California congressman for pursuing women staffers, the news network said.

CNN did not name any lawmakers since the stories were unverified.

The Committee on House Administration is meeting on Tuesday for a hearing on harassment on Capitol Hill, The New York Times reported.

And the Times noted, it too interviewed more than 50 people and found sexual harassment has been an occupation hazard on Capitol Hill.

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Nearly 50 people, including congressional lawmakers and current and past aides, say they have personally experienced sexual harassment on Capitol Hill or know others who have, CNN is reporting.
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