(MORRISTOWN, N.J.) — New Jersey’s first lady Tammy Murphy told a crowd of thousands at a Women’s March event in Morristown that she had been sexually assaulted while in college.
“Today I will add my voice to this growing chorus. Three decades ago, as a college sophomore, I was sexually assaulted,” Murphy who has been married to the new Governor Phil Murphy for more than two decades and raised four children according to NJ.com.
Murphy said that when she was a sophomore in at University of Virginia three decades ago, when on a walk home one night between two sets of friends, she took a shorter path on the campus and was “pulled into the bushes,” the site reported.
“I was thrown on my back, I had a man on top of me” she said of the moment of terror. “[He] pulled my shirt up, pulled my skirt up and I started screaming.”
Murphy didn’t just yell, either.
“I started screaming bloody murder,” she said.
Her attacker, she said, tried to muzzle her screams with a crab apple.
She said when the assailant tried to stuff the fruit into her mouth, “I bit him as hard as I could,” eliciting cheers from the crowd.
Her attacker relented and Murphy said she “got up and ran into a fraternity house,” where members called the police.
Murphy said that the man who attacked her “never faced justice in my case.”
It wasn’t until “a future crime” that he “finally went to jail,” Murphy told the crowd.
The first lady said for years this story remained private.
“Until today, only a few have heard my story,” she said. “Now you all know. I tell this today not for me, but really for all of you. Surely, among us is a woman who has been silent about her own story.”
Murphy’s husband Phil Murphy was sworn in as New Jersey’s governor earlier this month.
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