Organisers of a fringe meeting at the LibDem conference in Glasgow complained a police probe into ex-chief executive Lord Rennard was an "excuse" to avoid dealing with the wider issue.
A series of party members at the meeting described experiences of inappropriate behaviour - not involving the peer - and said problems had not been rooted out despite an independent review by Helena Morrissey.
The comments came as Business Secretary Vince Cable's parliamentary aide Tessa Munt used a debate in the conference hall to warn reforms introduced so far fell short of what was needed.
LibDem ativist James Shaddock, who set up the Rock the Boat campaign against sexual harassment in the party, indicated that finding high-profile speakers for the fringe meeting had been like "pulling teeth".
"Many of those approached had said they did not want to participate while the police probe into Lord Rennard was ongoing," he said. "That is fair enough, there is an official criminal investigation going on. But this is not about the criminal investigation."
Scottish LibDem councillor Susan Leslie said she met politicians whose behaviour was "absolutely appalling", but often women were told they should put up with it.
"That is the bit that has not gone away," she said. "That is the bit that just says, 'that's part of being an attractive young woman, that's how certain elements of men behave towards you'."
One member called Natasha told the gathering: "I have noticed that when I am introduced to older males within the party they do tend to do that thing where they hug you ... I do hug members of my local party I am good friends with. But it does bother me."
She added: "A few times people's hands are on your lower back and they do 'the slip'. You feel annoyed but then you do not want to start an argument on the spot."
LibDem leader Nick Clegg was asked later why no senior figures had accepted an invitation to speak at the fringe event. "I have no idea," he replied."