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Idaho intern faced 'overwhelming' hassle after rape report

Idaho Lawmaker Rape Complaint Hearing
Posted at 4:43 PM, May 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-03 18:43:14-04

BOISE, Idaho — From nearly the moment a 19-year-old intern’s report that she was raped by an Idaho lawmaker became public, she faced harassment from right-wing groups and even other lawmakers.

One made inquiries into how the intern could be herself referred for criminal charges. Another shared links to a blog post that included the intern’s name, photo and personal details about her life with thousands of people online. Members of an anti-government group harassed the young woman after she testified in a hearing.

The intern, who asked that her name be kept private, said the harassment has been overwhelming. She wants the Legislature to protect others from harassment in the future.