On June 2, three Muslim refugees allegedly sexual assaulted a little girl in Twin Falls, Idaho. In a country that purports to take sexual assault highly seriously, it seems surprising that, even a month later, no major media sources have extensively reported on this incident. Even local media news outlets in Idaho took almost a week to report the allegations of the assault to the nearby community. Two of the refugees were arrested on June 17, but, on June 23, they were released from detention pending further court proceedings. The public allegations and facts regarding this case are highly egregious and warrant serious attention, however, few seem to be drawing such attention to this occurrence.

 

As discussed at a Twin Falls city counsel meeting (in which the counsel members claimed to know nothing about the incident which took place over a week prior to their meeting) and on an online petition written by “Concerned the citizens of Twin Falls, Idaho,” a girl local to the city of Twin Falls “was assaulted, and urinated on by three boys under the age of 18.” Further local reports stipulated the following: “She was playing in between [Fawnbrook] apartment units when 3 boys (from 2 Syrian refugee families, ages 8, 10, 13) pulled a knife on her, held it to her throat, forced her into the laundry unit, stripped her naked, raped, and urinated on her. The 13 year old ‘coached’ the younger boys as he videoed. Due to age restraint the boys could not ejaculate but did urinate on her.” It was later determined by reports that the refugees are of Sudanese and Iraqi origin. Alarmingly, even after news reports and much local outcry, in the aforementioned city council meeting, local political representatives expressed more frustration with their own concerned citizens than the allegations that those citizens are concerned by.

 

To make matters worse, the Obama-appointed United States attorney for Idaho threatened members of the Twin Falls’ community (both average citizens, city council members, and media members) with federal law suits if they were to engage in “the spread of false information or inflammatory or threatening statements about the perpetrators or the crime itself.” Much uncertainty still surrounds both the handling of this case and the case itself, however one fact seems blatantly clear: those tasked with keeping the Twin Falls community safe are either withholding details from the public or seem to be in no rush to address their concerns; instead of using the federal force of the law to intimidate those seeking answers, the government should refocus its pressure onto those who refuse to settle the questions being asked.