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Republican Senator Joni Ernst Says She Was Raped in College

  • Ernst speaks in first interview since divorce details divulged
  • Fourth-ranking Senate Republican up for re-election in 2020
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Joni Ernst Says She Was Raped in College
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Republican Senator Joni Ernst says that she was raped in college by someone she knew and that her ex-husband physically abused her, making her one of the highest-profile women in her party to allege assaults in the era of the #MeToo movement.

Ernst publicly disclosed the rape in an interview with Bloomberg News, which she decided to do after details of her divorce from husband Gail Ernst were reported this week.