Rape is one of the least reported crimes because victims fear they won’t be believed , just don’t want to relive it, or feel shame even though it is not their fault.
That makes what Congresswoman Gwen Moore did on the floor of the House of Representatives all the more powerful. In a push for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, she spoke of a lifetime of abuse and sexual assault she suffered, beginning in her childhood.
Daily Beast contributor Patricia Murphy interviewed Rep. Moore.
She told Murphy that when she was raped in the 1970′s, the case went to court. Moore felt like she was on trial, something many victims of rape still experience. She said of her rapist, “He had as a defense that I didn’t have any underwear on and that I had a child out of wedlock. I was literally on trial that day.”
Read the rest of the riveting interview.