The U.S. Department of Justice has unveiled a broad probe into complaints that authorities haven’t been aggressive enough in investigating sexual assault reports in Missoula, Montana. The investigation includes a review of the handling of sexual assault and harassment reports at the University of Montana at Missoula, where at least 11 student-related sex assault cases have surfaced in recent months.
Bill Otis, at Crime and Consequences, argues that the Holder Justice Department is over-reaching, and that does seem to be the case. Why, Bill asks, does rape in Missoula, Montana warrant federal investigation? According to local authorities, the incidence of rape in Missoula, a town of 86,000 people, is on par with similarly sized college towns. Moreover, both the University of Montana’s hugely successful football coach and its athletic director have lost their jobs due to allegations of rape against members of the football. So, it’s not as if rape accusations aren’t being taken seriously.
Bill argues, all too plausibly, that the real reason for the DOJ’s action is politics. The investigation ties in nicely with President Obama’s bogus “war on women” theme.