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Crime Victim Speaks Out About Painful Past

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Every 11 minutes, someone in North Carolina becomes a crime victim.Outside the State Capitol, one woman told the chilling story of her ownpainful past Monday as part of National Crime Victims Rights Week.

Elizabeth Stephenson spoke at length about being sexually abused by herown father.

"Beginning when I was six years old, a first-grader, he beganthe rape of my soul, my innocence and my body," she says. "Sexual abuse is a community issue, and whether you like it or not, itis your issue."

Monday's ceremony was a chance to not onlyremember victims of crime, but also commit towinning them more rights.

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