Iowa Sen. Ernst says she was raped in college by boyfriend


    FILE - In this May 19, 2015, file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    Sen. Joni Ernst says in an interview that she was raped by a boyfriend while she was a student at Iowa State University but didn't report the assault.

    Ernst disclosed the attack in an interview with Bloomberg posted online Wednesday night.

    “I didn’t want to share it with anybody, and in the era of #MeToo survivors, I always believed that every person is different and they will confront their demons when they’re ready.”

    Ernst said she was in a relationship with a man who was "physically and sexually abusive." She said he raped her at his home and threatened to kill himself if she ended the relationship. She called a campus sexual assault counseling center hotline and ended the relationship but didn't report the attack to police.

    Ernst also clarified comments she made in a court document about interviewing to be Donald Trump's running mate. She said Trump didn't offer the job. After thinking about it, she called to withdraw from consideration.

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