News, Top Stories October 12, 2020

Muldoon Accuser Responds to Candidate Forum

by Jackson Hole Radio News

An Attorney for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse has issued a statement from the woman who made the sexual assault report against Pete Muldoon in response to the Library Candidate Forum held last week.

During the forum, the candidates for town offices were asked about the barriers that existed for victims of sexual assault to come forward.

Muldoon responded that, “Victims want to feel safe again and they want their experiences to be understood, they want to be heard.”

He said, “They want and need support and help from all of us; they want an serve justice and none of those things can happen unless they are believed.”

At a press conference last week Muldoon contended that his accuser was not to be believed, say that she lied but that he thought she believed she had been assaulted.

In the statement sent to us by the attorney representing the accuser, she said, “During the Teton County Library Forum, Mr. Pete Muldoon made numerous comments regarding the sexual assault investigation that was recently made public. He talks about the importance of believing victims, but then asks you not to believe his victim. 

The criminal justice system fails sexual assault survivors. Wyoming legal statutes are designed to protect the rapist. My lived experience, as Mr. Muldoon’s victim, taught me this. Whereas Mr. Muldoon wants to convince you he is the victim of an “extremely rare false report”, I am the victim of a terrifyingly common injustice. It is next to impossible for survivors to hold predators accountable in a court of law. There is something even rarer than a false sexual assault accusation: a rape conviction. 

During the candidate forum, Mr. Muldoon stated, “We have to make this – our criminal justice system, work for people who are victims of sexual assaults.” Mr. Muldoon can start by calling to repeal the law that he thinks should have shielded his identity. Instead, he uses one of the most controversial sexual assault laws in the country to make himself into the victim. 

Mr. Muldoon said, “I came home from the meeting on Monday night, um, and I — I sat at home for a while thinking to myself about whether I am the right person for this.” I can answer that question. No, Pete. You are absolutely the wrong person to be in a position of leadership and power. 

Thank you to the women who were my voice when I could not find mine. If you have experienced sexual assault and are afraid to speak out, know that there is someone who will support you. I will stand by you, if you wish to make a report.”