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Hillary Told a Rape Survivor at a Town Hall: ’I’m Not Ever Going to Call on You’


The New Hampshire woman who interrupted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton multiple times during a campaign stop Sunday isn't your average heckler.

When Katherine Prudhomme-O'Brien, 45, attempted three times to ask about rape allegations against Clinton's husband, former president Bill Clinton, the candidate tried to shut her down with a withering:

“You are very rude, and I'm not ever going to call on you. Thank you.”

But Prudhomme-O'Brien, a New Hampshire state representative and Democrat-turned-Republican, has been challenging the Clintons and members of their circle for nearly two decades.

She demands they address Juanita Broaddrick's claim she was raped by Bill Clinton in 1978 when the then-Arkansas attorney general was making his first gubernatorial run and Broaddrick volunteered for his campaign.

Prudhomme-O'Brien told Independent Journal she is certain Clinton recognized her and added:

“I'm sure I'm on a list.”

According to Prudhomme-O'Brien, she didn't know Clinton would be in Derry on Sunday until the afternoon before:

“I was surprised I could get in there. ... I went and showed up early and sat as close to the front as I could and I knew there was no way she would call on me.”

The Clinton campaign did not return Independent Journal's request for comment regarding Prudhomme-O'Brien's statements.

The sexual history and alleged impropriety of Bill Clinton is under renewed scrutiny after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said the former president's past is “fair game” if Hillary Clinton is going to accuse him of sexism.

AMES, IA - NOVEMBER 15: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and her husband and former President Bill Clinton share a moment on stage during the Central Iowa Democrats fall barbecue November 15, 2015 at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Clinton continued to campaign for the nomination from the Democratic Party. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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When asked about Trump, Prudhomme-O'Brien said:

“I agree with Trump but I would have been doing this whether Trump was doing this or not. When he said that I thought 'well, that's good.'”

Prudhomme-O'Brien told reporters after the event that, as a rape victim, the issue was particularly close to her. She added to Independent Journal that she did not report the rape “until many years later.”

Here she is speaking with reporters after the event:

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Prudhomme-O'Brien first entered the spotlight in 1999 when she asked Vice President Al Gore during a televised New Hampshire town-hall if he believed Broaddrick's claim. Gore, who was running for president at the time, dodged the repeated questions.

Shortly after that meeting, Prudhomme-O'Brien was audited by the IRS but the Clinton administration dropped the inquiry in October 2000.

While Hillary Clinton was campaigning at Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire in 2007, Prudhomme-O'Brien said she was removed from a rally by Secret Service for asking about Broaddrick.

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Again, in July 2015 at a parade in Gorham, N.H. Prudhomme-O'Brien said:

“I asked her if she believed Juanita (Broaddrick) and she said no, and made a motion with her hands like 'no, I don't care.'”

Finally, in November at a VFW in Derry, N.H., the activist said:

“I went in, they took my name and I sat in the back ... These Secret Service guys came round me and sat down. And I'm looking at them and thinking oh I don't like this. But I'm not going to be bullied.”

When Clinton rolled out her pan to address campus sexual assault in September, she said to victims of sexual assault:

"Don’t let anyone silence your voice, you have the right to be heard, the right be believed, and we are with you as you go forward.”

Three months later, when an audience member asked Clinton at a New Hampshire campaign event if her earlier statement should also apply to Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and Paula Jones (Willey and Jones claim Bill Clinton sexually harassed or groped them), Clinton gave a more measured response:

“Well, I would say that everybody should be believed at first, until they are disbelieved based upon evidence.”

A “right to be believed” for victims of sexual assault is a principle Prudhomme-O'Brien says she supports.

While talking with reporters after the event Sunday, she said:

“(Clinton) says that rape victims should be believed, I agree with her; that's true. They should be believed and you should assess what they're saying. She doesn't even want to assess it.”

When it comes to balancing compassion for victims with the right to due process for the accused, Prudhomme-O'Brien told Independent Journal:

“I think that is something you would do by talking to the men involved, usually they're men, and if you get a pattern or obfuscation or if the person in this case, like Clinton ... will not answer questions, just keeping avoiding it, then that tells you something.”

Ultimately, Prudhomme-O'Brien said, “I think I said everything I intended to.”

Editor's Note: This column originally stated Katherine Prudhomme-O'Brien was in foster care at the time of her rape. That was incorrect. Rather, she told Independent Journal she wanted to avoid entering foster care.

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