Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) described Congress as a “breeding ground for a hostile work environment.”
Friday on her Facebook page, Speier challenged the rest of her Capitol Hill colleagues to tell their sexual harassment stories.
Then she dropped a bomb of her own:
I'm sharing my #MeToo story as a former congressional staffer in the hope that my colleagues in Congress, and other current and former staffers who feel safe doing so, will join me. Many of us in Congress know what it’s like, because Congress has been a breeding ground for a hostile work environment for far too long. It’s time to throw back the curtain on the repulsive behavior that, until now, has thrived in the dark without consequences. It's time for us to stand up for what's right. It's time for #MeTooCongress!
She started a new Twitter hashtag #MeTooCongress:
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) October 27, 2017
One publication named a man who could have been her antagonizer, but Speier didn’t confirm it.
Within a short time, a woman shared a story:
I remember, as a S staffer, going to an event to meet w constituents on H side. A H member was so inappropriate-grabbing me, hugging me, comments - the 2 men I was there to meet helped me escape. THEY apologized to me later for what I went thru.
— Alison P. (@ChicagoAli) October 27, 2017
And, undoubtedly, there will be plenty more.