Idaho Republican state rep censured for attacking rape victim

A Republican Idaho state representative was censured on Wednesday by his colleagues in the state’s House of Representatives for repeatedly attacking a college student who reported she had been raped.

Frank Waschak, who apologized for his actions, said the real victim in the case, Morgan Stewart, was the author of a hate-filled sign that circulated across campus about Stewart’s handling of the rape case.

“I sincerely apologize for the negative actions and inappropriate statements I made to members of my district and the political world,” Waschak said in a statement, adding, “I will not use rape as a platform for political purposes.”

#Idaho House censures gay state representative for pushing out IUPV victims who are not Jewish. 1st person to do so in House… https://t.co/sJTcbXr1Op — Jake Stinnett (@JakeStinnett) October 10, 2018

State Representative Frank Waschak of Idaho has been censured by his state House colleagues for continuing to target the survivor of a sexual assault when she came forward. Waschak & Family have called her rape a “hoax.” https://t.co/QmxtRfTWFO pic.twitter.com/LoxjUqOdy8 — Adam Nagourney (@adamnagourney) October 10, 2018

Spencer Nelson, Waschak’s attorney, told the Idaho Statesman that an apology made to the state legislature was inadequate.

“I believe the censure to be inadequate. I believe Mr. Waschak should not have taken the action that he took. He violated this trust in all members of the House,” Nelson said.

The allegations against Waschak first emerged when Stewart announced that she was facing legal and emotional problems after speaking out about the 2016 rape. Stewart was forced to move to California with her family because of death threats that started after a Change.org petition calling for Waschak to resign was published. She is now pursuing a lawsuit against Waschak for invasion of privacy and harassment.

Waschak also unsuccessfully challenged the dean of the university’s law school for taking him off the student records list.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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