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Labour candidate: I was raped for political reasons

Labour candidate: I was raped for political reasons
Emily Owen
Image caption Emily Owen has spoken beforehand about being abused on-line

Members of the Labour Party have rallied behind a parliamentary candidate who stated she was raped in a “politically motivated attack”.

Emily Owen, 25, who will stand within the north west Wales constituency of Aberconwy, stated the rape occurred final 12 months after she was drugged.

In an announcement on Facebook, Ms Owen stated it was made clear to her the assault was politically motivated.

In her publish she stated she had chosen to not report the incident to the police.

Shadow house secretary Diane Abbott and Labour activist Owen Jones have each recommended her coming ahead, whereas her constituency celebration described her as brave and a sufferer of hate crime.

The Welsh Labour Party stated she had “consistently spoken out against the sexism and misogyny she has encountered”.

Explicit messages

In her assertion, Ms Owen, who lives within the Aberconwy constituency, stated she had struggled for a number of months over whether or not to make the incident public.

She has not given any info over the identification of the attacker or the place the rape occurred.

She added that she had been supported by a rape charity and now feels capable of forgive her rapist.

The assertion additionally refers to rape threats she stated she obtained when she stood as a candidate within the final normal election, and the next media protection.

In May 2017, she stated she had been despatched express messages and was the topic of posts on-line about her bra dimension and lewd feedback about what acts she can be ready to carry out to win votes.

In her newest assertion, Ms Owen stated she was mocked by parts of the media for elevating issues on the time and claims their protection elevated the threats in opposition to her – which in the end led to the assault.

Ms Owen has been approached by the BBC for remark, however has declined interview requests.

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