FBI Whistleblower Jane Turner was highlighted in a Rolling Stone article today regarding the pattern of botched child sex abuse at the federal agency. The latest case is that of former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who is accused of abusing dozens of young patients in his care.
Last week, the Department of Justice released a report detailing how poorly the FBI handled Nassar's case.
Turner believes the mishandling of these cases comes from a lack of training for FBI agents and a limited number of resources put into crimes against children. “Those skills are something that have to be learned and taught.” Turner says that agents inexperienced with interviewing children might try to avoid it and might be more likely to take a doctor or parents word for what happened.
Turner, who serves as the master of ceremonies in the yearly celebration of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, documented sex crimes committed by federal agents on North Dakota Indian Reservations and faced severe retaliation for speaking up.
“I said, we cannot allow this to happen,” she says, recalling one conversation with a higher-up. “I was just doing my job as far as I saw.”
Jane successfully fought her removal from the FBI, winning a precedent setting case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Her case was tried before federal jury, where she was fully vindicated.
Turner will also be on a panel of whistleblowers speaking during the virtual celebration of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day 2021, which takes place July 28-30.
Read the article, from Rolling Stone: 'They Don't Give a Shit': Former Agent Says FBI Ignores Child Sex Abuse Cases
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