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State Rep. Mandy Wright opens up about sexual assault

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It was an emotional day at the State Assembly for a lawmaker from our area.

"This is a story my constituents don't know. This is a story that my student's don't know. This is a story most of my friends don't know," said State Representative Mandy Wright. "I was 8 years old visiting the family farm and my cousin raped me repeatedly."

Wright shared this emotional story on the floor of the assembly Thursday night.

"I haven't seen that person since," Wright told Newsline 9 on Friday. "So that's not an issue for me anymore. I feel like with the love and support of my family, I'm ok with it, I can tell this story."

Wright says she decided to tell the story the morning of the debate.

"I have three daughters, and I can't help but think," said Wright, "if something like this were to happen to them, and if they were of child bearing age, which is not so far away, what would happen."

The Democrat said she was upset over three proposed bills--one banning gender-selective abortions, another making public workers' abortions more expensive, and a third requiring a woman wanting an abortion to first have an ultra sound. Women who are raped would be exempt from this rule.

"I don't think there's enough acknowledgement for how difficult it is for victims of sexual assault to come forward," said Wright.

But Republicans say these bills are in the best interest of women.

"These places that tell you it's a blob of tissue, get it done quick, you're doing the right thing, you don't have a job, you don't have a father, you're too young," said State Senator Mary Lazich. "That's baloney! That's just wrong!"

All the bills ended up passing on a party-line vote. As for Wright, she says she'll continue to tell her story in hopes of empowering fellow victims.

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