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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pa. Lawmaker Reveals Her Own Childhood Sex Abuse

Pennsylvania state representative Louise Williams Bishop recently spoke to the legislature about being sexually abused as a child.

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania held an open meeting this week to push for action on long-delayed bills that would eliminate the civil statue of limitations on childhood sex crimes and require witnesses to report suspected sexual abuse of children to the police.

Pennsylvania representative Louise Williams Bishop came forward during that open meeting to talk for the first time about being raped at the age of 12.

“What triggered my coming out was Penn State University,” Rep. Bishop told Here and Now‘s Robin Young.

“This is real, it does happen,” she said. “People do not talk about it, they hide it and they do wish the subject would not come up around them, but it does.”


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