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Youthful Indiscretions, Forgiveness & A Democratic Candidate For The Kansas House

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Aaron Coleman for Congress
At 19 years old, Aaron Coleman won the Democratic nomination for District 37 in the Kansas House of Representatives.

A 19-year-old nominee for the Kansas House has admitted to and apologized for harassing girls when he was 14. Who gets to decide when and how to forgive him?

Aaron Coleman's story has made national headlines, and the conversation surrounding his actions has shifted to examine of the culture and behavior of young men. Coleman has said he's ready to move on, but some victims of his abuse struggle to do just that.

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