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Rape survivor shares story with Minnesota lawmakers in hopes of sweeping reform

 

March 14, 2019

RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER – Star Tribune

Hannah Traaseth spoke emotionally during a Minnesota House hearing Wednesday in St. Paul.

Hannah Traaseth told a hushed room of Minnesota lawmakers about the worst night of her life, when she was 13 and two men brought her to a Maplewood home, where they and took turns sexually assaulting her over several hours. When she summoned the courage to come forward, police investigated and forwarded the case to the Ramsey County attorney.

"[Police] said there would probably be a trial. I was scared, but I was ready to go," Traaseth, now 17, testified before the House's Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee on Wednesday. "Then when they told me it wasn't going to get prosecuted, I was just confused."

http://www.startribune.com/rape-survivor-shares-story-in-hopes-of-sweeping-reform/507113162/

 

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