Intern from Idaho reports rape and faces ‘crushing’ harassment
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The harassment began shortly after a report from a 19-year-old intern, who claimed that an Idaho lawmaker had raped her, became public.
A state official requested a copy of the police report and asked how the young woman herself could be fired on criminal charges for reporting the alleged rape. Another shared links to a far-right blog post that included the intern’s name, photo and personal details about her life with thousands of people in a newsletter and on social media. Members of an anti-government far-right activist group attempted to follow and harass the young woman after she was called to testify at a legislative hearing on public ethics.