Female lawmakers, staffers, and interns have an informal word-of-mouth list — known as the "creep list"— of male lawmakers and staffers who are notorious for sexual misconduct, ranging from making inappropriate comments to pursuing sexual relationships with younger aides. Women on the Hill say they abide by a set of unwritten rules regarding their interactions with male colleagues. These include avoiding solo elevator rides with male lawmakers and interns, remaining vigilant at late night meetings or events where alcohol is served, and not reporting harassment in order to hold on to a job.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.