Tearful lawmaker discusses rape of niece

Rep. Tom ReedThomas (Tom) W. ReedBlue-state officials plot response to GOP tax law Family caregivers need a voice in our political debate Flush with momentum, GOP speeds toward tax votes MORE (R-N.Y.) on Friday called on members to support the No More campaign against domestic and sexual violence, and said his own family has experienced this issue when his niece was raped.

"Within the last year, my family experienced firsthand the issues of sexual assault," he said on the House floor as he held back tears. "My beautiful niece, 18 years old, was raped.

"And we saw that event impact a young life, our family, in a way that I cannot express," he said. "I come here today to say, no more."

Reed said he spoke to his niece last night, and asked what she would say to the country if she could speak to the nation.

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