Black Democrat Recounts Rape Experience in Emotional Speech [Video]
Wisconsin's Gwen Moore spoke about her experiences on House floor
In a passionate and emotional House floor speech today, Wisconsin Democrat Gwen Moore recounted her story of being sexually assaulted as a child and raped as an adult.
"Violence against women is as American as apple pie," she told colleagues. "I know, not only as a legislator, but from personal experience. Domestic violence has been a thread throughout my personal life, up to and including being a child repeatedly sexually assaulted, up to and including being an adult who's been raped."
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Moore was pushing to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, a bill which has met resistance from some Republicans.
The lack of support brought back terrible memories for Moore "of having boys sit in a locker room and sort of bet that I, the egg-head, couldn't be had," she said.
"And then the appointed boy, when he saw that I wasn't going to be so willing, completed a date-rape and then took my underwear to display it to the rest of the boys," she continued. "I mean, this is what American women are facing."
VAWA would renew grants to U.S. domestic violence prevention and survivor support programs, would increase availability of legal assistance to victims and would extend assistance to battered undocumented immigrants and same-sex couples.
You can view the video above.