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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Rape Scandal in Missoula County, Montana

     ….The U.S. Department of Justice found Missoula County's prosecutors routinely discriminated against female victims, refusing legitimate cases, pushing sex crimes to the lowest of priorities and belittling women who came to them for help….The department began an investigation in 2012 into the county attorney's office, Missoula Police Department and the University of Montana's Office of Public Safety. Investigators interviewed more than 30 potential victims while reviewing policies and procedures for signs of gender bias and civil rights violations.

     The mother of a 5-year-old victim wanted to know why the boy who raped her daughter was only getting a slap on the wrist. She was stunned when the prosecutor reportedly told her, "boys will be boys"….Another woman claimed a prosecutor recited Bible verses to her, and other victims said they felt "judged" when they were grilled about their sexual histories….

Doyle Murphy, "'Boys Will Be Boys,' Montana Prosecutor Tells 5-Year-Old Rape Victim's Mom," New York Daily News, February 16, 2014   

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