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A 19-year-old legislative intern who accused a former Idaho lawmaker of rape said she was harassed by right-wing lawmakers and activists after she reported the incident, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
In March, an intern reported that then-GOP Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger raped her in his apartment after they went to a restaurant in Boise, Idaho.
The Boise Police Department launched an investigation into the incident shortly after. Von Ehlinger denied he assaulted her and said they had consensual sex.
A legislative ethics committee unanimously voted to recommend expelling von Ehlinger for demonstrating “conduct unbecoming” of a lawmaker. He resigned before the committee could vote on his removal.
After the intern, who was referred to as Jane Doe, reported the incident, GOP state Rep. Priscilla Giddings identified the intern by name and used a photo of her in a newsletter, describing the sexual allegations as a “liberal smear job,” the AP reported.
“The secretaries let me know that Giddings had done that and they were showing me the article, and my life is crashing before my eyes,” the intern told the AP.
GOP state Rep. Heather Scott filed a request to obtain a copy of the police report of the incident.
“Members of a far-right, anti-government activist group tried to follow and harass the young woman after she was called to testify in a legislative public ethics hearing,” according to the AP report.
“I can take criticism. I can take people laying out their opinion on me,” the intern told the AP. “But this, it’s just overwhelming.”
The intern told the AP that she first worked at the Idaho Statehouse under the state government’s high school “page” program. She returned as an intern following graduation, and she agreed to a dinner with von Ehlinger in hopes to network.
After the dinner, the intern said von Ehlinger brought …read more
Source:: Business Insider