The teenage girl from North Carolina caught in the middle of Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal, wrote an essay directed to FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday.
The teenager, now 16-years-old, told BuzzFeed News she was upset with Comey’s mishandling of the situation, saying he gave her no warning that her case would enter the national spotlight in the last week before the general election.
“I am the 15-year-old (now 16) who was the victim of Anthony Weiner,” her letter begins. “I now add you to the list of people who have victimized me. I told my story originally to protect other young girls that might be a victim of online predators.”
“Your letter to Congress has now brought this whole matter back into the media spotlight. Not even 10 minutes after being forensically interviewed with the FBI for seven hours, I received a phone call from a REPORTER asking for a statement,” she continued. “Why didn’t you communicate with the local FBI agents that I had just spoken to? They could have scheduled our interview sooner or scheduled a time to interview me later, or change locations of the interview. My neighborhood has been canvassed by reporters asking for details about me.”
The teenager accuses Comey of being vague in his approach to the sexting scandal involving her and Weiner, writing “the media had to keep searching to try and find out what evidence you had uncovered and how. Every media outlet from local to national has contacted me and my family to get my ‘story.'”
She further blamed Comey for assisting Weiner in further victimizing her, writing that the he was seeking “an opportunity for political propaganda.”
“I thought your job as FBI Director was to protect me. I thought if I cooperated with your investigation, my identity as a minor would be kept secret. That is no longer the case. My family and I are barraged by reporters’ phone calls and emails,” she writes. “I have been even been blamed in a newspaper for causing Donald Trump to now be leading in some polls and costing Hillary the election.”
She concludes her letter by writing that while she may have been Weiner’s victim, calling him the “abuser,” the real outcome of the story is that she is “a survivor.”
“I am strong, intelligent, and certain that I will come out from under this nightmare, but it will not be as a result of your doing your job to protect me,” she writes, adding “The election is important, yes, but what happened to me and how it makes me feel and how others see me, is much more important. It’s time that the FBI Director puts his victims’ rights above political views.”
The letter was signed by “Girl that lost her faith in America.”
PEOPLE confirmed in early October that police in both New York and North Carolina were looking into allegations that the former Democratic congressman had exchanged sexually explicit texts and pictures with a 15-year-old girl.
That was Weiner’s fourth public sexting scandal, in which news broke that he had carried on a months-long relationship with a minor from North Carolina, asking her to undress and touch herself.
In September, he allegedly sent a selfie of his crotch to a woman, with his son sleeping in the background. That picture prompted an investigation by New York’s Administration for Children’s Services.
She has since quietly stepped away from the campaign trail in the wake of news that the emails now being scrutinized by the FBI in conjunction with the closed investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server were retrieved from her estranged husband’s computer.