Klobuchar on sexual harassment in Congress: I think there are always people misbehaving

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharIs there a difference between good and bad online election targeting? Election Countdown: Minnesota Dems worry Ellison allegations could cost them key race | Dems struggle to mobilize Latino voters | Takeaways from Tennessee Senate debate | Poll puts Cruz up 9 in Texas Clusters of polio-like illness in the US not a cause for panic MORE (D-Minn.) said Sunday that while she has not witnessed sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, she believes “there are always people misbehaving."

“Have I seen a lot of that myself? No, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t go on,” Klobuchar said on NBC’s “Meet The Press" when asked if Congress is a safe place for women.

The Senate passed a resolution last Thursday requiring sexual harassment training for all senators and staffers. The resolution requires training to be completed within 60 days and repeated at least once during every session of Congress.


The new guidelines come after Roll Call reported that four in 10 female staffers who responded to a survey said they believed Capitol Hill had a sexual harassment problem.

One current lawmaker and three former lawmakers also told The Associated Press that they had experienced sexual harassment or hostile comments on Capitol Hill.

Numerous lawmakers are calling on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step down after The Washington Post reported that a woman said Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her in 1979, when she was 14 and he was 32.

Having harassment training and a reporting process in place can prevent abuse in the workplace, and encourage victims to come forward and share their stories, Klobuchar said Sunday. 

“We know the statistics that a very small percentage of women and victims of harassment, which sometimes can be men, actually come forward and report,” she said. “We have to change that.”