Leading US lawmakers are calling for compulsory training and other measures to prevent sexual harassment in Congress, amid a growing sexual assault scandal that has gripped the US media and entertainment industries and the realm of politics.
The calls from Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, and others follow a series of news reports about female lawmakers and staffers experiencing sexual advances on Capitol Hill.
Ryan, a Republican who represents Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, sent lawmakers a letter on Friday urging them to undergo sexual harassment training and make it mandatory for their staff.
“Any form of harassment has no place in this institution. Each of us has a responsibility to ensure a workplace that is free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation,” wrote Ryan. “We can and should lead by example.”
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi also called for the passage of a law that requires…