House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed dismay over Rep. Katie Hill's resignation amid a sex scandal and revenge porn campaign, Politico reported Thursday. It's so sad," Pelosi said at a private meeting on Monday night, according to two sources with knowledge of the meeting who spoke with Politico. Pelosi told colleagues that Democrats should warn younger people to avoid taking nude photos to minimize their risk of being targeted by revenge porn. A right-wing news site and a British tabloid published a series of nude photos in recent weeks featuring Hill with a former campaign staffer she admitted to having an "inappropriate" relationship with.
On Thursday afternoon, Representative Katie Hill delivered her final speech on the floor of the House. But hours before her powerful remarks, the leader of her party adopted a more patronizing tone. One is a scandal and the other is a crime. Even when these relationships are consensual, they reinforce a balance of power that disadvantages a worker in relation to their boss. The leaked photos are revenge porn, which is both a form of interpersonal abuse and a crime in California and Washington, D. Instead, she speaks as if Hill were somehow responsible for some part of what happened to her — that she erred by taking the photos at all. The logic is not substantively different from arguments that urge women to dress modestly, or to avoid certain bars or neighborhoods, if they want to avoid harassment or assault. Care is not the problem. Care is not a defense against malice. Now somebody has, and the Republican Party helped them do it.
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California Congresswoman Katie Hill , one of a group of newly-elected progressive Democrats, has denied allegations that she had a relationship with a member of her staff and is blaming Republican opponents for circulating nude photographs of her and another woman on the internet without her consent. Text messages and photographs of Ms Hill were published on right-wing website RedState, which alleged she had an affair with her legislative director Graham Kelly as well as a sexual relationship with a female campaign staffer and her husband, whom she is divorcing. I have notified Capitol Hill police, who are investigating the situation and potential legal violations of those who posted and distributed the photos, and therefore will have no further comment on the digital materials. The couple began divorce proceedings earlier this year. Ms Hill, the first openly bisexual member of Congress, entered office in after unseating longtime Los Angeles Republican Steve Knight in a election, flipping the only remaining Republican seat in Los Angeles County. Ms Hill has denied the allegations of an affair with Mr Kelly to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , who named the freshman congresswoman a vice chairwoman of the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee, currently participating in the Congressional impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The year-old congresswoman, formerly a director of a nonprofit organisation providing services to homeless people in California, had campaigned on income equality, anti-discrimination efforts and affordable housing. She announced that she survived multiple sexual assaults amid efforts to facilitate frank conversations with young women about consent and legislation. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?