Montana Prosecutor To Rape Victim’s Mom: ‘Boys Will Be Boys’
A prosecutor in Missoula, MT, has sparked outrage for his alleged discrimination towards multiple women who were victims of sexual assault. A U.S. Department of Justice investigation found that Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg belittled women who came in to report sex crimes against them, threw out perfectly valid cases and exhibited an ongoing pattern of discrimination towards women in these cases. The investigation could cost Van Valkenburg his job, but he has denied the allegations and actually placed the blame on the investigators.
The investigation, which began in 2012 and involved interviews with 30 victims, even found that Van Valkenburg even told the mother of a five-year-old rape victim that “boys will be boys” before giving the rapist a slap on the wrist. “We uncovered evidence of a disturbing pattern of deficiencies in the handling of these cases by the County Attorney’s Office, a pattern that not only denies victims meaningful access to justice, but places the safety of all women in Missoula at risk,” said Jocelyn Samuels, acting assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.
Meanwhile, Van Valkenburg said he was looking forward to defending himself against the accusations in the report and that federal investigators had no evidence against him. “I think that this is one of the most unfair, unethical things that I have witnessed in 35 years of public life,” he said. “It’s impossible to believe these things are true. “This is not how the Missoula County Attorney’s Office Conducts itself. These are half-truths, mistruths and maybe even outright lies.”
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