Politician’s accuser speaks about sexual assault issue

National News

February 13, 2019 - 10:41 AM

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — A college professor avoided talking directly about her accusation that Virginia’s lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her, but she wasn’t shy about publicly discussing her research and thoughts on the growing number of women reporting abuse.

“One thing that I notice about sexual violence is that a lot of people would like to glance away from this,” Vanessa Tyson told a Stanford University symposium. “It’s one of the ugliest parts of humanity. Trust me.”

Tyson, appearing Tuesday night as one of two panelists at the event called “Betrayal and Courage in the Age of #MeToo”, was making her first public appearance since she accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of assaulting her in 2004. Tyson is a political science professor at Southern California’s Scripps College who is spending a year at Stanford as a research fellow.

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