Mpls. mayor opens up about sexual abuse as a child

Published 11:09 pm Monday, April 24, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said she was sexually abused as a child.

The mayor made the revelation Monday on a Facebook page called “Break the Silence Day” to support victims of sexual abuse. Hodges wrote she was abused for years by unrelated adults and didn’t tell her family or friends for many years.

Hodges said she was threatened to keep quiet about the abuse. She said she broke her silence so others know they’re not alone.

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Hodges spokesman Eric Fought confirmed the post.

Hodges is a first-term mayor running for a second term in a crowded field.