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Idaho intern reports rape, says lawmakers ‘destroyed me’

Idaho state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, right, a Republican from Lewiston, watches as members of...
Idaho state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, right, a Republican from Lewiston, watches as members of the House ethics committee discuss whether he acted in a way that was "unbecoming" to his position in connection with rape allegations brought against him by a 19-year-old intern, during a hearing in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, April 29, 2021. The committee unanimously agreed on Thursday that von Ehlinger should be formally censured and suspended from his office, and that a new lawmaker should be appointed to serve in his place. The full House could vote on the matter as soon as Friday. (AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)(Rebecca Boone | AP)
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 9:10 AM MDT
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — 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 state lawmaker made inquiries about whether the intern could actually be referred for criminal charges. Another shared links with thousands of people about a blog post that included the intern’s name, photo and personal details about her life.

An anti-government group’s members harassed the young woman after she testified in a hearing.

The intern in an interview with The Associated Press described the harrassment as overwhelming.

She wants the Legislature to protect others from harassment in the future.

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