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'I could have been murdered' APTN journalist shares story of survival


A note from APTN News Director Karyn Pugliese: As journalists we do not often share personal stories. Our role is to be a vehicle for other voices. Those among us who have experienced violence and sexualized violence make a choice: To speak about it publicly. Or not. As journalists we respect these wishes. Each path to healing is unique.

With so much in the news about MMIW, and sexual violence in general, it can trigger memories. For journalists too. We are not immune or protected from the troubles that plague our people. So what do you do when someone in your own newsroom comes to you, and wants to share their story? Someone who believes doing so will not only help their own healing, but help others who are struggling to speak about their trauma and to find their first words. I asked: Are you sure? Then I respectfully stepped out of the way.


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