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Canada former deputy PM says she was raped

Former deputy PM Sheila Copps, seen here in 2003, wrote in a column in The Hill Times that she was sexually assaulted by another member of the Ontario legislature within a year of first being elected at the age of 28A former Canadian deputy prime minister waded into a nationwide uproar over sexual violence on Monday by revealing that she was twice assaulted when she was a budding politician years ago. The shocking disclosure followed the suspension of two MPs by their party over allegations they harassed fellow lawmakers, and the firing of a top radio host over accusations of sexual violence. The wide publicity generated by these separate cases in Ottawa and Toronto prompted an urgent public debate on sexual violence in society, as well as a rise in the number of complaints. Among them, former deputy prime minister Sheila Copps, now 61, wrote in a column in the weekly newspaper The Hill Times that she was sexually assaulted by another member of the Ontario legislature within a year of first being elected at the age of 28.

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