South Dakota Democrat reveals rape in condemning Trump

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Posted: Oct 18, 2016 6:53 PM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Democratic U.S. House candidate has shared the story of her sexual assault in condemning Donald Trump for making predatory comments about women in 2005.

Paula Hawks wrote in an essay published Tuesday on the website Medium that condoning such behavior enables it at colleges and in the workplace.

Hawks wrote she was raped by "a person in a position of authority" while in college. In a telephone interview, Hawks said it happened in 1995 while she was at South Dakota State University. She said she didn't report it to police.

Hawks is challenging Republican Rep. Kristi Noem, who has said she will vote for Trump because he will sign conservative legislation.

Noem said she was "heartbroken" by what happened to Hawks but stood by her support of Trump.