GOP Ex-State Rep Sued For Harassing His Rape Victim

The Associated Press reports:

A former Idaho legislative intern is suing a lawmaker who was convicted of raping her and one of his colleagues for publicly releasing the teen’s identity and launching a campaign of harassment against her. The young woman, who uses the pseudonym “Jane Doe” in the federal lawsuit, was just 19 when she reported that then-Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger raped her at his apartment after the two had dinner at a Boise restaurant in March 2021.

Doe says von Ehlinger and then Rep. Priscilla Giddings, both Republicans, retaliated by publicly releasing her name, encouraging media outlets to publicize it, and lying about her. Some of von Ehlinger’s supporters have continued to disparage Doe on social media and at public events. One man has repeatedly attended political events dressed in drag as a beauty queen as a way to mock Doe, wearing a sash bearing the young woman’s real name and the phrase “Miss Idaho Capitol.”

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As I reported in September 2022, Ehlinger was sentenced to 20 years after traveling to Israel to “baptize my sins in the Jordan River.” He told the media that rape was not among the sins he confessed to before the baptism.