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Lenny Hayes, right, listens to questions following his testimony before the U.S. Attorney General's Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence on Monday at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. (Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service )

Panel hears testimony about native children exposed to violence

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BISMARCK — Dressed in dark slacks and a light blue shirt and tie, Lenny Hayes looked every bit his adult self on Monday in the Ramkota Hotel ballroom.

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But as he leaned into the microphone and began to speak, he became the scared, helpless 6-year-old boy in the corner being groped and traumatized by sexual abuse.

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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