Sen. Kamala Harris slammed the slut-shaming of bisexual Rep. Katie Hill, who submitted her resignation from Congress amid accusations of an affair with a House staffer and admission of a relationship with a campaign aide.
"There's so much that people do about women and their sexuality that's about shaming them," Harris told BuzzFeed News.
Harris serves with Hill in California's congressional delegation, and Hill endorsed Harris's current campaign for president, so the two are political allies. She said the treatment of Hill shows the different set of standards applied to women in politics.
Hill has faced scrutiny since right-wing blog Red State and the Daily Mail published barely censored nude photos of her with a female campaign staffer. The photos included accusations Hill had an affair with House staffer Graham Kelly, something Hill denies. The House Ethics Committee is investigating accusations of a relationship with an employee. Hill did admit to an inappropriate relationship with the campaign staffer, who no longer works for her.
In her resignation letter, Hill placed blame for leaks on her estranged husband, Kenny Heslep, and to media outlets giving a platform to the photos.
Harris characterized the attacks as "cyber exploitation" and "pornography." Harris, as California's attorney general, was the first in the nation to prosecute a cyber exploitation website posting nude photos of individuals without their consent. She's filed legislation to make publishing such content a federal crime.
Of Hill's resignation, Harris said the congresswoman "has to do what's best for her and her constituents."