And think twice before speaking out about sexual harassment from a boss -- it could cost you your career.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.Both senators are men and still currently in office.When she leaned in to shake that senator's hand, he stroked the inside of her palm "in a really gross, suggestive way" -- a gesture that was completely invisible to her boss.The unique lifestyle on the Hill helps fuel a hostile culture.Many male members are far away from their families, including their spouses, during the week, frequently working late nights and attending evening fundraisers and events where alcohol flows freely.And many of those who did said the process was a nightmare, forcing them to stop midway through -- some were told things like, "You can't prove it" and "it'll be a nightmare" to move forward, Manzer said."I need these guys' votes," she said."In this body, you may be an enemy one day and a close ally the next when accomplishing something.
With few exceptions, every person said they have personally experienced sexual harassment on the Hill or know of others who have.They also report directly to members of Congress."A lot of it has to do with being in a place where people who have power try to exert it to get what they want," one Senate staffer said, adding that a lot of the most egregious examples happen "on the cocktail circuit" -- where powerful men intermingle with younger staffers outside of the Capitol."There's a little bit of a sex trade on Capitol Hill. Hilda Solis also told the Associated Press stories of repeated inappropriate comments from lawmakers, including some who are still in office. Henry Waxman, started a signature-gathering campaign last week calling on congressional leaders to reform "inadequate" sexual harassment policies in Congress. Moore told CNN that he was deeply affected by a close friend who confided in him that, while she was an aide in the Senate, she received sexual comments from a superior, who was an aide.If a part of getting ahead on Capitol Hill is playing ball with whatever douchebag -- then whatever," said one female political veteran who worked on Capitol Hill. Mary Bono said publicly this month that she endured suggestive comments from a fellow lawmaker for years before eventually confronting him. When she reported the behavior to her chief of staff, she was "questioned harshly about it and her motives were questioned."Around 2011, Liz was a young and fast-rising aide on the Hill.A former Senate staffer recalled getting on the "members only" elevator -- designed to let lawmakers easily reach the House and Senate floors -- with her boss a few years ago.Her boss introduced her to another senator in the elevator.