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Rep. Rice Statement on Credible Allegations of Sexual Harassment & Assault against Members of Congress

Rice: “I believe the women who have accused Sen. Franken, Rep. Kihuen, and Rep. Farenthold. And again, I believe all three should resign.”

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Rockville Centre, December 6, 2017 | Coleman Lamb (2022255516) | comments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice released the following statement today regarding members of Congress facing credible allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

Statement from Representative Kathleen Rice:

“When the recent wave of credible allegations of sexual harassment and assault reached Rep. John Conyers, my colleague in the House and a fellow Democrat, I felt we needed to show that we would no longer allow ourselves or our colleagues to be held to a double standard. If we believe the women, as so many of us say we do, then we can’t just go on serving alongside and working with colleagues who we believe have preyed on women – we need to act, and men who have abused their positions of power need to face consequences.

“That’s the standard we expect in the media, in entertainment, and throughout the private sector, and the standard for public servants should if anything be even higher. That doesn’t mean that every politician who faces a single accusation should resign immediately – it means that if we believe the women, we should act accordingly. I believe the women who accused Rep. Conyers. I believe the women who have accused Sen. Franken, Rep. Kihuen, and Rep. Farenthold. And again, I believe all three should resign as Rep. Conyers has.

“I believe and I hope that we’ve made real progress on this issue over the past two weeks. We’ve identified what the standard should be for politicians who violate the public trust by harassing or assaulting women. Now we need to stick to it.”

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