Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, warned on Wednesday members of Congress and staffers who dress provocatively are inviting sexual harassment and assault.
"I saw a member yesterday with her cleavage so deep it was down to the floor,” Kaptur told the Democratic Caucus during a private meeting Wednesday. "And what I’ve seen … it's really an invitation."
Attendees were said to have been "stunned" by Kaptur's comments, according to Politico.
"Maybe I’ll get booed for saying this, but many companies and the military [have] a dress code," Kaptur added. "I have been appalled at some of the dress of ... members and staff. Men have to wear ties and suits."
Kaptur, 71, added that she does not fault victims of sexual misconduct despite not dressing modestly.
"Under no circumstances is it the victim's fault if they are harassed in any way. 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," she said.
The comment comes in the midst of a movement sweeping the nation and Capitol Hill as women speak out about the harassment they have experienced in the workplace. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Trent Franks, R-Ariz., resigned last week after being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior.