MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she was sexually abused
as a child.

The mayor made the revelation Monday on a Facebook page called ``Break the
Silence Day'' to support victims of sexual abuse. Hodges writes she was abused
for years by unrelated adults and didn't tell her family or friends for many

The forty-seven-year-old Hodges says she was threatened to keep quiet about the
abuse. She says she broke her silence so that others know they're not alone.

Hodges spokesman Eric Fought confirmed the post.

Hodges is a first-term mayor running for a second term in a crowded field.

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