Rep. Mark Foley's sex scandalHere's a clue for you, Paul. When a thirtysomething manager who is married turns out to be sneaking out for quiet evenings at the Motel No-Tell with his twentysomething secretary, that's a case of improper sex-related conduct. If there was unwanted pressure on the secretary to comply because of their business relationship, then it's definitely sexual harassment. When people find out about it, it's a sex scandal.
improper sex-related conduct towards another employee
However, when the thirtysomething male (be he a Congressman or not) is diddling (or at least attempting to diddle) a..... wait for it...
HIGH SCHOOL AGED *CHILD* OF EITHER GENDER
none of those terms apply. Not one bit. That's not a sexual "relationship" of any type, and it's not simply "harassment" either. Here are some terms you might try on for size:
- Child molestation
Stop trying to spin this into something like sneaking off with an adult intern in the cloak room. He's a predator hunting children. And some of his GOP bosses knew it and have been covering for him, turning a blind eye and asking no questions when the warning signs were flashing like a tornado watch.