Democrat-Farmer-Labor Party endorsed candidate Erin Murphy pledges if elected governor, she’ll work with law enforcement to make sure an investigator is assigned to every sex-assault complaint.

Democrat-Farmer-Labor Party endorsed candidate Erin Murphy.

“It is not something to be swept under the rug,” she said. “It is something to be considered with that level of severity, just like a homicide.”

Murphy said sex assault investigations should have higher priority than low-level, non-violent drug offenses. Her comments are in response to news reports of what some call a statewide crisis in how law enforcement investigates sex crimes.

Rape survivor and anti-sexual-violence advocate Abby Honold.

Survivor and advocate Abby Honold explained that, in her case, the investigator wanted to believe she was lying and, “The easiest way to root out false accusations is to fully investigate every report.”

Honold was a student at the University of Minnesota when she was raped while attending a football tailgate party in November 2014. Her attacker, Daniel Drill-Mellum, was initially released without charges, but the case was later reopened and he admitted to raping Honald and several others.

Honold adds people who make false accusations should be held accountable, and the best way to do that is to fully investigate.