Ryan or­ders sex ha­rass­ment train­ing

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Tues­day that the en­tire U.S. House now faces manda­tory train­ing to avoid sex­ual ha­rass­ment and dis­crim­i­na­tion, mov­ing to ad­dress the grow­ing na­tional scan­dal over be­hav­ior rang­ing from boor­ish to crim­i­nal.

His comments came hours af­ter a House com­mit­tee held a hear­ing on ha­rass­ment, in which law­mak­ers told their own sto­ries of be­ing sex­u­ally ha­rassed or as­saulted.

Mr. Ryan said the House will now have a pol­icy of manda­tory train­ing for every law­maker and every staffer.

“Our goal is not only to raise aware­ness, but also [to] make abun­dantly clear that ha­rass­ment in any form has no place in this in­sti­tu­tion,” he said.

Dur­ing the hear­ing be­fore the House Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mit­tee, Rep. Ann M. Kuster, New Hamp­shire Demo­crat, re­called her time as a young staffer on Capi­tol Hill, where she said she was as­saulted by some­one she called “a guest of the Congress.”

She said with­out train­ing on how to re­spond, she had no idea what to do; she praised the move to or­der manda­tory train­ing.

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