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‘An act of defiance’: Disgraced former congresswoman Katie Hill announces she's going to publish a memoir


'It would be much easier for me to just disappear'

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Former Democratic Congresswoman Katie Hill, who resigned from the House of Representatives last year amid a House Ethics Committee investigation into an alleged affair with one of her Capitol Hill staffers, doesn't plan to be out of the public eye any time soon. Instead, she's planning to publish a book.

According to a Wednesday story at the New York Times, Hill will publish a book titled "She Will Rise" in mid-August on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The report adds that Hill's book will be "part memoir, part gender-equity battle plan."

Hill's intent, the Times said, is for women to know that they "that they can own their mistakes and get back up, no matter how difficult their experience."

"It would be much easier for me to just disappear, but I'm not, and this is an act of defiance, staying in the forefront," Hill told the newspaper. "You can't let other people take away your power or your voice, even when it's hard."

Hill announced her resignation from Congress in October just days after the House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into allegations that she may have had an extramarital affair with one of her legislative staffers, which she denies.

In addition to the ethics investigation, the House freshman had also been plagued by a report that she had engaged in a polyamorous "throuple" relationship that included a female campaign staffer. In the wake of the Ethics Committee investigation announcement, Hill admitted to a relationship with someone on her campaign and that doing so wasn't appropriate.

"During the final tumultuous years of my abusive marriage, I became involved in a relationship with someone on my campaign," Hill wrote in an email to supporters. "I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgment. For that I apologize. I wish nothing but the best for her and hope everyone respects her privacy in this difficult time."

In her farewell address to Congress, however, the outgoing freshman Democrat blamed a "double standard" and a "misogynistic culture" as key reasons informing her departure. More recently, in an interview with ABC News last week, the openly bisexual former legislator also blamed "biphobia," which she described as "rampant," for also helping drive her out of the lower chamber.

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