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Karen Danczuk reveals the suffering behind the selfies

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Karen Danczuk has said her social network selfies are a defiant response to sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

The 31-year-old wife of Labour MP Simon Danczuk told The Sun newspaper she had been abused from the age of six, but regained her confidence after seeking counselling on the advice of her husband.

Herself a Labour councillor in Rochdale, she has attracted headlines for her regular posting of selfies on Twitter and recently also claimed the party's deputy leader Harriet Harman told her she was "too pretty" for politics.

For years afterwards I felt worthless, guilty, as though I had somehow brought this on myself. But I was just a little girl. I was on anti-depressants for years and wanted to kill myself.

But my husband Simon encouraged me to have therapy and now - after intensive counselling - I have been able to get some confidence back.

– Karen Danczuk, Labour councillor in Rochdale

She says she is now free to 'have fun without feeling ashamed' and that is the reason she posts so many pictures on twitter. But she said she had not reported the abuse to police because she did not "want to take a step back".

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A woman who is among thousands who have posted make-up free pictures of themselves online, says she "can't believe" the response and the money raised for cancer research.

Jo Edwards from Newton-le-Willows, joined the online trend after losing her husband to stomach cancer. She has pledged to help Manchester's Christie Hospital.

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