Lawmaker says she told of alleged abuse to help others

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 11, 2018 9:25 AM
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State Representative Tarah Toohil

(Harrisburg) -- A state lawmaker who got a restraining order against a fellow lawmaker she accuses of threatening to kill her says she has come forward to help others.

State Representative Tarah Toohil said in a statement released Saturday by her lawyers that she was in a consensual relationship with fellow Republican Representative Nick Miccarelli six years ago "but there were terrible moments that were non-consensual."

She said it has taken her years to identify that she was a victim of violence, and if she - a lawyer and lawmaker - "could be this afraid" of someone, then she could only imagine how others feel. She said it's why she is "coming out publicly."

Miccarelli hasn't been charged with any crime.

His spokesman calls the allegations outrageous and baseless.

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