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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday called for the lawmakers on Capitol Hill accused of sexual harassment to be named amid mounting allegations of congressmen preying on Capitol Hill workers.
“Just get it out. Lay it out. Change the rules so people can come to work without being harassed,” Graham told reporters Wednesday. “Those who do these things need to be held accountable.”
“Name them,” he said.
The South Carolina senator's call for victims to step forward comes a day after female lawmakers claimed during a House hearing on harassment policies on Capitol Hill on Tuesday that at least two sitting members of Congress have been accused of sexual harassment.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said the allegations range from lawmakers asking female staff members if they're “going to be a good girl” to congressmen “exposing their genitals” and even groping “private parts on the House floor.”
Speier did not name either of the lawmakers in question.
As pressure mounts for Washington to act regarding sexual harassment allegations, both the House and the Senate plan to enact a resolution requiring members and their staff to take training to prevent sexual harassment.