Lawmaker On Being Raped: 'I Shared That For The First Time In 27 Years'

Steve Miller
October 18, 2018 - 3:26 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Democratic state senator says she is sharing her story for the first time about being date-raped in 1991 because she takes issue with statements made several years ago by the Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General.

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"I just shared that for the first time in 27 years. I didn't expect me to do that."

State Sen. Kimberly Lightford represents the Austin community and Proviso Township. She said she was 23 and had just graduated from college when a male friend asked her to celebrate over dinner.

He drove them to a house in the south suburbs.

"I said I just want to leave, you know. I think we ought to just get something to eat and just leave. He says, 'No, just be still.'

And he told me to be quiet.  And he raped me."

The 50-year-old Lightford on Thursday said she felt compelled to talk about her rape, after hearing about past comments made by attorney general candidate Erika Harold, that many victims of sexual harassment become "very promiscuous." Harold, 38, reportedly made the comment when she was 22.

"It did the total opposite for me," Lightford said.

WBBM Newsradio is reaching out to the Harold campaign for comment.