By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Politicians from Philadelphia and across the state gathered this morning for a breakfast meeting in support of the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, which helps young victims of sexual abuse.

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Pa. Rep. Louise Bishop says the sexual abuse of children is everywhere, and she should know.  The Democratic state representative from Philadelphia was victimized by her stepfather.

“Child sexual abuse crosses every walk of life,” she told the gathering.  “You will find it in the rich, and you will find it in the poor.  You will find it in the black, and you will find it in the white.”

The politicians praised the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance for giving young victims a safe place to tell their stories to police, attorneys, and advocates so they don’t have to relive the horror over and over again (see related stories).

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All agreed that money spent helping the children is well spent, and must continue to be allocated.



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