New Allegations of Sex Misconduct, This Time in Congress
Current and former female lawmakers, including Mary Bono, reveal past instances of harassment
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 3, 2017 1:32 PM CDT
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In this Oct. 29, 2016, file photo, then-Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., speaks to volunteers at a home serving as a canvassing site to train and organize supporters of then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cincinnati.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
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(Newser) – For years, GOP Rep. Mary Bono endured increasingly suggestive comments from a fellow House lawmaker. But when the congressman approached her on the House floor and told her he'd been thinking about her in the shower, she confronted the man, who she said still serves in Congress, telling him his comments were wrong, and he backed off. Bono, who's no longer a representative, isn't alone. One current and three former female lawmakers tell the AP that they, too, have been harassed or subjected to hostile sexual comments, by fellow members of Congress. The incidents occurred years or decades ago, usually when the women were new to Congress. They range from isolated comments at one hearing, to repeated unwanted come-ons, to lewd remarks and even groping on the House floor.

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