A Republican Missouri state senator claims that he spent five years as a homosexual because he was abused as a child. Sen. Bob Dixon, who is running a campaign for governor, says his "teenage confusion" was a direct result of the abuse. “I have put the childhood abuse, and the teenage confusion behind me,” he said. “What others intended for harm has resulted in untold good. I have overcome, and will not allow evil to win.” His mother, who is also a politician, told a reporter in 1992 that Dixon had a change of heart after having a religious experience.