Transcript for Congresswoman speaks out about alleged sexual harassment in Congress
We want to turn to another headline out of Washington. The me too campaign is coming to capitol hill. A congresswoman now stepping forward sharing their stories about sexual harassment and assault and David Wright has up more. Reporter: Good morning, Dan and Cecilia. The epidemic of stories about sexual misconduct and outright assault have made it to capitol hill. Not in the form of new legislation, but rather new allegations. A congresswoman and her staffers are calling out what they call a culture of tolerance of bad behavior. The congresswoman inspired by the women who began this tough conversation in Hollywood. Silent no more, the actress rose Mcgowan and her first appearance since accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape 20 years ago. I have been harassed, I've been maligned and you know what, I'm just like you. Reporter: Defiant she says sexual harassment and assault will not be ignored. Name it, shame it. Call it out. Reporter: Now the me too movement she helped to spark has caught fire on capitol hill. Many of us in congress know what it's like because congress has been a breeding ground for a hostile work environment for far too long. Reporter: California congresswoman Jackie Speier launching me too congress urging lawmakers and staffers to speak out by sharing her own story. I know what it's like to keep these hidden deep down inside. I know what it's like to lie awake in bed at night wondering if I was the one who had done something wrong. Reporter: She is not alone. Senator Claire Mccaskill says as a young state legislator she asked an older male colleague for help. His advice. He said, well, did you bring your knee pads. I do think he was joking, but it was shocking that he would make that joke to a colleague. Reporter: A recent survey found that 40% of female congressional staffers cite sexual harassment as a problem on capitol hill. One in six female aides said they experience sexual harassment in their offices. But unlike many workplaces on the hill there is no mandatory sexual harassment training. To file a complaint, victims must go through counseling, mediation and a cooling off period before filing a legal claim. All while working in the very same environment where the alleged harassment took place. Allegations of workplace sexual abuse that have rocked Hollywood and politics are also hitting home in the world of journalism. This morning, political analyst mark Halperin is apologizing after allegations of sexual harassment when he was political director here at ABC news. In a lengthy statement Halperin apologized to the women he mistreated admitting his behavior caused fear and anxiety for women who were only seeking to do their jobs. Now, Halperin does not dispute the specific details of the allegations against him but insists that some of those allegations are not true. Harvey Weinstein for his part has admitted to sexual misconduct but denied the allegations of sexual assault. Authorities no New York, London and Los Angeles are investigating. Much more to come on all these. We appreciate it.
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