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Accusers call rehab 'insulting,' want Filner out

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Mayor Filner's announcement Friday is not sitting well with many San Diegans, especially some of the victims who have come forward. So far seven women have accused Filner of sexual harassment.

School psychologist Morgan Rose, the third woman to come forward with allegations against Filner, says his comments Friday merely add insult to injury.

"This was totally an insult to all of the victims," she said.

The San Diego Unified School District employee says an apology is simply not enough to erase the wrongdoing.

"It's an emotional rape. It's very traumatic to be treated as if you're not human, as if you're an object," she said.

Morgan says the then-congressman tried to force himself on her and would not let her out until she agreed to kiss him during a private meeting in May 2009.

"There were four definite times turning my head towards him in order to get his mouth on mine," she told News 8.

It hasn't been easy for her to move on from that traumatic experience. She says seeing Filner on TV Friday brings back old wounds and she wants to see him resign.

"It's really impacted my life. I've got to know where he is before I know where I'm going," she said.

"By not resigning he's keeping the power and control. That's his addiction, he's still going to be feeding it," she said.

Meanwhile, attorney Gloria Allred, who's representing Irene McCormack Jackson, the only victim so far to file a lawsuit against the 70-year-old mayor, says Filner's prepared statement is a ploy to stay in power and to try to gain sympathy.

"This man needs to resign, it's as simple as that. Then he could get therapy after he resigns," she said.

Seven women have come forward accusing the mayor of America's Finest City of unwanted advances and touching dating back several years.

Morgan says when San Diegans may have thought they voted for a mayor, but instead voted for an emperor, a man unwilling to give up his power.

"If he at any level grasped the trauma he has caused us, then he would resign," she said.

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