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The Frenchman has had the reputation since forever, earned or not, of being the sexiest dude on the planet. Ooo la la, and all that. Who knew the Americans, traditionally regarded as unschooled in the arts of seduction, would challenge Gallic supremacy in these arts?

In the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s harvest of accusations in Hollywood, hundreds of women, not only celebrities of the silver screen but celebrities of press and tube are eager to tell of the time they got an unwanted pat, a mischievous wink or a naughty nudge from a boss, colleague and even a former president of the United States.

Naughty news is emerging from unexpected places. Four women of Congress, one currently serving and three who were once members, have risen on a point of personal privilege to tell their horror stories. It turns out, if memories of Washington old-timers serve, that the hallowed halls of Congress have not always been so hallowed.

“When I was a new member of Congress in my early 30’s,” recalls Rep. Loretta Sanchez, the fifth highest-ranking Democrat in the House, “there was a more senior member who outright propositioned me, who was married, and despite trying to laugh it off and brush it aside, would repeat. And I would avoid that member.” She says another male colleague once touched her in an inappropriate place, and tried to make it appear unintentional.

But not just pats and touches are going on in the hallowed halls, and members of Congress have never been thought helpless. Mary Bono, a former Republican representative from California, says one male admirer still in Congress once told her that he thought about her in the shower. She should have reminded him that the cure for pleasant dreams in the shower, as every schoolboy has been told, is to turn up the tap marked “cold.”

Last week was particularly painful for prim and politically righteous National Public Radio, whose senior vice president for news was sacked after two women said he invited them in for a job interview and unexpectedly stuck his tongue in their mouths. When the news of that got into the public prints five more women at NPR cried foul.

Calling out vulgar creeps is all to the good, because harassment is ugly and a good society must not tolerate it. So is bearing false witness, and it’s important to keep the distinction in mind. Not every wink or nudge is a crime.