2017 is the year of the ‘me too’ fad of accusing someone of sexually harassment, sexual assault and even rape, yet, it’s not a new phenomenon.
Several months ago, the first public accusations of sexual harassment and rape were made against Hollywood movie studio co-owner Harvey Weinstein by Ashley Judd and Rose McGowen. Since that time, 40-50 women have made similar accusations against Weinstein.
Once this became a public scandal, the dam was opened up and a flood of similar accusations were made about other figures in the entertainment world from producers, directors to actors and actresses including Kevin Spacey with other men and Ellen DeGeneres with Katy Perry.
Some prominent businessmen have now been accused of sexual harassment and the public accusations have made their way into the wonderful world of Washington politics, although this is not that new to politics.
A number of allegations were made about former President John F Kennedy and his alleged relationship with actress Marilyn Monroe. Then there were the multiple affairs of former President Bill Clinton, especially with Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones. This led to Clinton’s impeachment in 1998 for perjury and obstruction of justice. A vote of 67 senators was required to remove Clinton from office, but only 50 voted to do so.
These are public allegations, but what about those made quietly and hushed up with taxpayer dollars?
Would you be shocked to learn that you have paid into settling 264 sexual harassment charges made against members of Congress from 1997 through 2017. Would you also be shocked, or should I say upset, to learn that those settlements amount to over $17 million, $17,240,854 to be exact?
In 1997, there were 6 settlements for a total of $39,429, an average payout of $6,571.50 per settlement. So far this year, 2017, there have been 8 settlements for a total of $934,754, an average payout of $116,844.25. That’s far greater increase than the annual rate of inflation, but realize that you and me have been paying for these settlements.
We generally don’t hear anything about them since they are handled behind closed doors and many of the victims have to sign a statement of confidentiality, forbidding them from saying anything publicly or to anyone else.
The problem is, we don’t know who in Congress the claims have been against? Thursday, the Congressional Office of Compliance released the year-by-year settlement figures and Gateway Pundit made them public, causing many of their viewers to call for Judicial Watch to investigate and find out more about these settlements and which politicians were involved.
Gateway Pundit also reported that they spoke to over 50 former and current congressional staff, aides and lawmakers who all said they had some sort of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. Gateway Pundit reported:
“Be extra careful of the male lawmakers who sleep in their offices — they can be trouble. Avoid finding yourself alone with a congressman or senator in elevators, late-night meetings or events where alcohol is flowing. And think twice before speaking out about sexual harassment from a boss — it could cost you your career.”
“These are a few of the unwritten rules that some female lawmakers, staff and interns say they follow on Capitol Hill, where they say harassment and coercion is pervasive on both sides of the rotunda.
There is also the ‘creep list’ — an informal roster passed along by word-of-mouth, consisting of the male members most notorious for inappropriate behavior, ranging from making sexually suggestive comments or gestures to seeking physical relations with younger employees and interns.”
Chances are, some of these members of Congress on the creep list could be the same ones saying that Judge Roy Moore does not belong in the Senate and they would push to have him removed if he wins the special election in Alabama.
However, they still forget the principle rule of law that is the foundation to the American justice system, which is a person is INNOCENT until proven guilty, not the other way around. Sadly, members of Congress have already convicted and passed sentence on Moore even though there is still NO proof of any of the allegations.
From the settlement report, Congress needs to look in their own closets and clean up their own act before passing undue justice on Roy Moore.