The stampede to call out sexual harassment is growing, and actionable complaints are being made. These need to be carefully investigated, and the hides of those convicted nailed to the outhouse wall.
However, there also is a growing number of accusations made against unnamed harassers—just claims of workplace harassment devoid of useful specifics. The latest round (eliding Al Franken, who’s the subject of a nearby post) is claims of harassment in Congress.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D, CA) said she knows of two current members of Congress who “have engaged in sexual harassment,” while another congresswoman, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R, VA) recounted a member who exposed himself to a female staffer.
The members were not named.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D, MO) told reporters that she had been harassed when she interned on Capitol Hill, but she did not report it.
[Former Congressional Black Caucus Fellow] M Reese Everson said that a member of Congress asked if he could flirt with her “in order [for her] to excel in [her] career.”
The problem with this sort of accusation is that there’s no reason to believe them, certainly there’s no way to check them out, and most importantly, there’s no way to go after the harassers if they do exist—they get off scott free.
That’s unacceptable in both ways. Name names.