This time last year, Julia Mulligan came to a tough decision. She chose to reveal to her friends and family that 36 years earlier, when she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl living on a hill farm in a remote North Yorkshire village, she had been raped. ‘I’d spent years pretending the assault didn’t happen,’ she says. ‘I boxed it off in my brain. But eventually there came a time when I thought, “No more”.’ This wasn’t a simple need to share her pain. As the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia, 52, the mother of two daughters aged 19 and 17, spent a lot of time with rape victims. ‘When you’re sitting with someone who’s confiding in you what happened to them, it feels fraudulent not to be able to genuinely empathise with them — to say “I’ve been there”,’ she says. ‘Because only someone who has been through something like this can truly understand the impact it has on you.’ Julia Mulligan (pictured), 52, chose to reveal that when she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl living on a hill farm in a remote North Yorkshire village, she had been raped A Yorkshirewoman through and through, Julia is the… Read full this story
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