Local officials speak up on #MeToo Movement, share stories

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“The man that she married, beat her, he beat my brother and he beat me,” said Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid.

“I am a survivor. I was a victim of sexual assault in college. So I kind of understand what Dr. Blasey has been saying. This is the first time in public I have ever said this. You are the first people who I have ever admitted this to,” said Delegate Kathleen Murphy (VA-34).

Fairfax County officials say there are strength in numbers. One by one, they are taking a step into the national conversation, saying “me too.”

The hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Ford set the scene for a backdrop of countless other stories. Local leaders are opening up for the first time to public about theirs. 

Delegate Mark Levine’s sister was murdered at the hands of her husband 22 years ago. It took a decade to gather evidence to convict him.

“My sister told me that her husband had threatened to kill her. To my everlasting shame, I did not think he would do it. In my defense, she did not think he would do it either. We were wrong,”said Levine.

It took Levine 10 years to get justice.

“She was ashamed to be with a man that would abuse her so. She was ashamed. We should all be ashamed to have a culture that would give women that shame,” he said.

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