Women’s Group Slams Rep. Marcy Kaptur for Saying a Stricter Dress Code Will “Protect” Women from Harassment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2017

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Women’s Group Slams Rep. Marcy Kaptur for Saying a Stricter Dress Code Will “Protect” Women from Harassment

Moments ago, POLITICO broke a story that Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, told a private Democratic Caucus meeting that the clothing some Capitol Hill staffers wear is an “invitation” to harassment. “I saw a member yesterday with her cleavage so deep it was down to the floor,” Kaptur said, according to the sources present. “And what I’ve seen…it’s really an invitation.”

In her apology, Kaptur stated, “…I shared the stories from my time here in the context of the ‘Me Too’ legislation and how we can elevate the decorum and the dress code to protect women from what is a pervasive problem here and in society at large.”

Nita Chaudhary, Co-founder of UltraViolet, issued the following statement in response to Kaptur’s remarks:

“Rep. Marcy Kaptur, hear us loud and clear: no one deserves sexual harassment, no one asks for it, and the only people to blame for it are the harassers themselves.

“By blaming victims—not once, but twice today—Rep. Kaptur is protecting sexual abusers, not the survivors who are silenced and disparaged by the very institution in which they work every day.

“Kaptur is wrong and she needs to do better.”

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