Woman says she forgave her rapist after Kavanaugh allegations moved her to reach out

Author Deborah Copaken wrote about a phone call she says she received from her rapist, who apologized to her for raping her the night before her graduation.
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Transcript for Woman says she forgave her rapist after Kavanaugh allegations moved her to reach out
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