Rep. Maloney on Sexual Assault Allegations Against Members of Congress

Nov 22, 2017
Press Release

Following news reports alleging sexual misconduct by Senator Al Franken and Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

“These allegations against sitting Members of Congress are deeply troubling and must be fully investigated by the House and Senate Committees on Ethics.

“There can be no tolerance – whether in Congress or any workplace - for sexual misconduct. We have spent too many years allowing these incidents to be kept a secret and predatory behavior to go on without consequence. Enough is enough. Standards need to change, and we in Congress must start with ourselves. The current system for reporting such incidents in Congress is antithetical to justice. Forcing victims into mandatory mediation with their abuser revictimizes those who chose to come forward. No one should be mandated to wait 90 days to file their formal complaint. This long, dragged out process places an undue burden on victims while shielding abusers. I support a rewrite of these rules through currently proposed legislation like the Me Too Congress Act which will make the reporting process fairer and require staff and Member training to punish and prevent such behaviors.”