NJ's First Lady at Women's March: 'I Was Sexually Assaulted' - NBC New York

NJ's First Lady at Women's March: 'I Was Sexually Assaulted'

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    New Jersey's new first lady says she was a victim of sexual violence while attending college.

    Tammy Murphy told her story Saturday while speaking at a Women's march rally in Morristown. She had been introduced there by her husband, Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy, was sworn into office Tuesday.

    "Today I will add my voice to this growing chorus. Three decades ago, as a college sophomore, I was sexually assaulted," Murphy said, according to NJ.com. 

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    Murphy, 52, said the attack occurred while she was a sophomore at the University of Virginia. Murphy said she was walking along a path when a man grabbed her and pulled her into the bushes.

    The man tried to take her clothes off and attempted to put a crab apple in her mouth to silence her.

    "I was thrown on my back, I had a man on top of me -- pulled my shirt up, pulled my skirt up and I started screaming," Murphy said. 

    She says she bit the man's hand and fled half-dressed to a nearby fraternity house where students called police. 

    Morristown's rally was among dozens being staged nationwide Saturday.

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