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Montana County Attorney's Office to Mother of 5-Year-Old Rape Victim: 'Boys Will Be Boys'

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The mother of a 5-year-old girl who had been raped by an adolescent boy claimed that county attorneys told her that the her daughter's assailant only received two years of community service because "boys will be boys."


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Kit B (276)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 11:36 am
Image/ Poster Credit: Rape is No Joke

The Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter on Friday to the Missoula County Attorney’s Office in Montana detailing a “disturbing pattern of deficiencies” in how rape cases are handled.

According to the DOJ, county attorneys routinely behaved inappropriately when dealing with the victims of sexual assault. One deputy county attorney allegedly quoted religious passages to a woman, which made her feel like she was being judged.

The mother of a 5-year-old girl who had been raped by an adolescent boy claimed that county attorneys told her that the her daughter’s assailant only received two years of community service because “boys will be boys.”

Another woman said that her experience dealing with county attorneys convinced her that she “would never suggest that another woman pursue a sexual assault prosecution in Missoula.”

The DOJ also claimed that the county “almost never solicits the involvement of the crime victim advocate office with its complaining witnesses in cases of sexual assault.”

County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg described the allegations as “unbelievable.”

“These are things I have never even heard of,” he said. “It is 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.”

The DOJ’s report found Van Valkenburg’s statement that his office investigates sexual assaults “in its spare time” particularly galling. “While you have subsequently attempted to explain that by ‘spare time’ you were referring to the ‘additional time’ after other courtroom and litigation functions have been completed,” the report asserted, “the statement seems inconsistent with the diligent investigation and prosecution of sexual abuse.”

Van Valkenburg insisted that the DOJ is just “playing politics,” noting that his office filed a motion on Wednesday asking a U.S. District Court judge to decide whether the DOJ even has jurisdiction over his office. “First and foremost, I think that this is one of the most unfair, unethical things that I have witnessed in 35 years of public life,” Van Valkenburg said.

“For the DOJ to dump this report on the news media at virtually 5 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, three days after we have filed a complaint for judicial relief, is totally irresponsible. Nothing in this report in any way responds to the legal arguments that we have made, in terms of their lack of jurisdiction.”

“They are trying to manipulate the news in a very, very unfair fashion,” he concluded.

Watch an ABC Fox Montana report on the case below. (See video at Site)

By: Scott Kaufman | Raw Story |


Kit B (276)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 11:40 am

I don't often use the word hate, it does imply an emotion that brings about negative feelings, at least it does for me. I do hate that on any give day there are many of these stories (real and easy to verify) on the Internet. There is NEVER an excuse or reason for rape. We must begin a dialogue that condemns comments like "boys will be boys". Rape is a criminal act of violence.

Kamia T (89)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 12:06 pm
Boys will be boys destroying the life of a FIVE YEAR OLD? More like Monsters will be monsters. Not only does the yutz doing the crime need to be removed from society because he now thinks it's okay, but so does the entire prosecuting office that refused to help this poor girl.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 12:33 pm
ONE BILLION RISING, it's really time to stand together, to educate and change mentalities, it's really hard to take...

JL A (281)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 1:00 pm
I'm sick to my stomach on this one.

Alice C (1797)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 1:12 pm
Disgusting !

Vallee R (280)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 1:27 pm
That is horrible!

Angelika R (143)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 1:34 pm
I hink it time the DOJ would send such letters to ALL county Attorneys offices all over the land! I suspect we just DON'T HEAR about all the rest of such cases all over!
“These are things I have never even heard of,”- yeah, because investigators don't tell them! And victims are silenced or intimidated to even report!

Angelika R (143)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 1:35 pm

Nicole L (79)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 1:37 pm
Disgusting f*#%^&#^ idiots.

Nicole W (646)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 1:52 pm
I have no words

Deb E (63)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 2:27 pm
The man is claiming the the Federal DOJ has no authority to investigate claims that his department has discriminated. Sounds like the typical rhetoric coming out of red states where they do not want for the Federal government to be able to step on their toes when they are breaking Federal law. Of course, these same states do not want Federal laws. Our Constitution, though, is all about the Federal government protecting individuals from the abuse of power that can come from within a state. I hope the DOJ does a very thorough job of investigating this department, and that the lawsuit the state department filed is found to be frivolous.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 2:57 pm
This is pretty disgusting.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 3:54 pm

Arielle S (313)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 4:01 pm
Boys will be boys and buttholes will be buttholes. No wonder Shakespeare said, "kill all the lawyers first" .

Athena F (131)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 4:08 pm
On today's edition of Sick, Sad and Wrong...

Thank you for the post and continuing to educate on this widespread problem. Rape culture must be taken down.

Terry King (113)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 4:17 pm
Chances are that "boy" will be a repeat offender.

Robert B (60)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 4:59 pm
If this is the kind of vermin some of our law schools krank out, then something REALLY NEEDS TO BE FIXED! Or did they get their law degrees from a bogus diploma mill? Either way, these cretins need to be removed from any position of authority.

Julie Botsch (12)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 5:32 pm
Thank You. Noted.

"Boys will be Boys." When has anyone thought that such was boyish behavior? In such a community, is such just understood as male behavior? Sexual Violence.


Julie Botsch (12)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 5:34 pm
Also, from whom did the young rapist learn such behavior? Thus, is such connected to a bigger problem? Was the young rapist a victim of molestation or pedophilia himself?


Julie Botsch (12)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 5:35 pm
Or was the young rapist assisting a pederast by bringing children to him/her? Was the young rapist an accomplice in the crime?

Or worse, is the young rapist covering up for someone else? That is someone who is over 18. Perhaps, the real perpetrator is really an adult being protected by others.

Julie Botsch (12)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 5:42 pm
Often when a child is blamed for a rape of another child, the real perp is an adult. The child is either covering up for a pedophile ...out of fear or guilt. Or the child is being framed by adults in the town to protect a pederast.

I have many questions regarding this case.

Julie Botsch (12)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 5:49 pm
Is the young rapist really guilty of the crime? Did he assist someone in raping a child? Or is he covering up for someone else? Or worse, is he being framed for a crime that he did not do?

Because of the nonchalant manner in which the case was handled, I would presume that there is something more going on. A thorough investigation is needed.

Julie Botsch (12)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 6:12 pm
Sadly, the US is a rape culture. The best course of action is... to go North. Canada does offer assistance and asylum to women and children from the US seeking justice and safety from sexual violence.

Until the US is a country where gender equality is assured... Canada is the best bet. That is for a safe and fair
trail process. (I highly recommend such.)

75 percent of rape cases in Canada result in conviction and jail sentence; only 8 percent of rape cases in the US result in such.


Julie Botsch (12)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 6:18 pm
...should read: safe and far trial process. TY

Mike H (252)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 6:55 pm
If these allegations are true this office needs to have it's feet held to the fire.

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 8:28 pm
Forget the victims - Poor lawyers are being misjudged..Politicians will be Politicians! ALL of them need to be chemically castrated for 2 years to remind them "boys being boys" need real Adults to show them the Laws are there for a reason! I would gladly volunteer to administer their punishment!;)

Esther Z (94)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 8:37 pm
Why do some men excuse the sex crimes of others as some kind hormonal drive? This is an unforgivable crime simply because this is a five year old child; a baby for God's sake! I don't care about the age of the rapist; he rape a under aged child, and he deserves the maximum penalty the courts can give this disgusting animal!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 9:04 pm
Sooo boys today are growing up to be rapists? Because that is the message I am reading

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 9:13 pm
I hate hearing stories like this, but if they are true and I HAVE to hear them, I'd rather hear them from the DOJ raising hell than from any other source. More power to the DOJ, do your job well, since clearly Montana isn't going to.

Sheila D (194)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 10:09 pm words for this sick crime and the excuse given by those incharge who should have protected and prosecuted...

Susanne R (235)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 11:33 pm
I find it hard to believe that County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg is actually surprised and offended by the fact that the DOJ is critical of the way sexual assault cases are handled in Missoula County.

Van Valkenburg stated: “First and foremost, I think that this is one of the most unfair, unethical things that I have witnessed in 35 years of public life.” He describes the criticism as unfair and unethical? I wonder how he'd describe rape --if he weren't a blatant misogynist-- if it happened to his daughter or granddaughter? This man either lacks sensitivity, or his ego isn't allowing him to see beyond his nose.

If being criticized for the way his Office treats rape victims is truly one of the most unfair and unethical things he's seen in 35 years of public life, he's not fit for the position he holds.

Sherri G (128)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 11:50 pm
Arielle and Susanne said it perfectly for me. Noted TY Kit

paula eaton (30)
Monday February 17, 2014, 1:37 am
What a sick statement.

Devon Griffiths (15)
Monday February 17, 2014, 1:38 am
Who's the clown that said "boys will be boys"? I was a boy once. Someone tell that POS he can speak for himself. What did he do? He did something. Must have. They should tell us who this guy is. Is he raising boys? Public safety concern there.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 1:47 am
So true Terry King. Thank you for article Kit.B

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday February 17, 2014, 3:34 am
What a hateful person.

. (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 5:24 am
If the so-called "justice system" will not give justice where it is due,then it is time to take the law into your own hands.Normally I do not advocate violence but in cases like this,if "street justice" is implemented when they refuse to do their job,maybe next time,to avoid this,they will do what should be done.Why do you think that blacks riot?This is exactly why,because there are times when justice will not be done unless you make it happen.

Gene J (290)
Monday February 17, 2014, 7:18 am
"The mother of a 5-year-old girl who had been raped by an adolescent boy claimed that county attorneys told her that the her daughter’s assailant only received two years of community service because “boys will be boys.”

Yes, and complete fools will always be complete fools. I don't particularly care about the age of the perpetrator, sexual abuse of a 5 year old is always a crime. And idiots like these condemn Islam for its child marriages (I do too, but for an entirely different reason) thus proving they have not read their good book as closely as they should have, for the one they claim to follow said, allegedly, in Matthew 7:3, "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Because they have one hell of a blind spot when it comes to abuse of women and girls. Nothing more dangerous than a moron with a political office.

June Bostock (50)
Monday February 17, 2014, 10:42 am
Castrate the perp. and the County Attorney who thinks it's alright to rape because "boys will be boys".

Dee C (229)
Monday February 17, 2014, 1:03 pm
This is truly sickening..What is wrong with people..


Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 2:36 pm
Appalling. 'Boys will be boys'? What kind of jackass thinks that is acceptable. The attorneys should be fired for that attitude. The child was five years old. Giving a lenient sentence to anyone who rapes a five years old child is not a deterrent. They will do it again.

pam w (139)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 8:13 am
I hope there are organizations helping this mother get a review of the case!

Tere M (75)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 2:00 pm
Thank you for the article Kit! I hope they will not feel hopeless. ~

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 9:49 am
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