PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
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.”

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Spotlight

From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

July 6 33 Comments

Military Analyst Andrew Bacevich On Iraq, ISIS

This is the first in a series of conversations about the relationship between the Iraq War and fight against ISIS.

July 6 5 Comments

The Rise Of The MP3 And The Fall Of The CD

Stephen Witt discusses his book "How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Privacy."

July 3 Comment

Kids Books Feature Famous Figures As Children

Brad Meltzer is known for his political thrillers, but he also writes kids books about real-life people like Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart.

July 3 Comment

Not Your Typical Summer Reading List

NPR Books editor Petra Mayer and Cleveland poet and bookstore owner R. A. Washington share their picks.