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Minneapolis mayor says she was sexually abused as a child

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges took to social media Monday to say publicly that she was abused by "adults unrelated to me for many years," starting when she was 8 years old."I am a survivor of sexual assault," she said in a Facebook post tied to ...

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Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges addresses the press following the decision not to file charges against the officers in the Jamar Clark case on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Elizabeth Flores/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)
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Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges took to social media Monday to say publicly that she was abused by "adults unrelated to me for many years," starting when she was 8 years old.
"I am a survivor of sexual assault," she said in a Facebook post tied to "Break the Silence Day," a local effort to encourage victims of childhood sexual violence to share their stories.
"My family did not know. I believed - was threatened into believing - that the slightest indication that anything was amiss would jeopardize the safety of everyone and everything I loved," Hodges wrote, adding that she is an alcoholic but has been sober since age 19.
Hodges didn't offer any more information about the nature of the assaults or who committed them.
"I learned well how to suffer quietly, I learned to meet tragedy with a poker face and a plan, and I learned it was dangerous to share too much about the things I care about most," she wrote.
She said she was speaking out "so others can know: you are not alone. I know we can heal from anything, because I have. We can heal, succeed and thrive."

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