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Some Victims Charged for their Rape Kit Testing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fritz @ 1:21 pm

Despite Promises, Some Rape Victims Stuck Paying Exam Bills, by Ben Protess, Huffington Post Investigative Fund, and Emily Witt, ProPublica, reports,

When a woman is raped, police turn to scientific evidence-semen, blood and tissue samples-to identify her attacker. The evidence is collected through a medical exam of the victim, who is not supposed to pay for this crime-solving process.

But 15 years after Congress passed a law to ensure that rape victims would never see a bill, loopholes and bureaucratic tangles still leave some victims paying for hospital expenses and exams, which can cost up to $1,200.

Wow, that’s awful.  I agree with them 100%.  I don’t know what else to say.  I just wish they wouldn’t have snuck this bit in:

During the campaign, it came to light that until 2000, police in some Alaska towns charged rape victims or their insurance companies up to $1,200 for forensic exams – including the town of Wasilla where vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was mayor from 1996 to 2002.

While Illinois also comes in for special attention, they don’t mention that when Barrack Obama was a member of the state legislature, he never introduced legislation to sort their problems out.


  1. I would love to know how a mayor of a town is to blame for this. That’s what gets me. Sure, if she’s been the Governor then, sure, but she wasn’t…

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 7/30/2009 @ 4:42 pm

  2. How many times do we need to go through this: according to the police chief of Wasilla NO WOMAN was ever required to pay such a bill. At times medical insurance, such as Medicaid, was billed, but no person has claimed to have paid such a charge or co-pay.

    “The policy sought to have rape victims’ health insurance companies reimburse the city for the $500 to $1,200 cost of a forensic exam that is conducted after a sexual assault. Presumably, some of the cost might have been passed along to the victim through requirements for deductibles or co-payments, although victim advocates say they don’t know of anyone in the small town who had to pay such a fee.”

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 7/31/2009 @ 1:14 pm

  3. Kevin,

    “How many times do we need to go through this?”

    Trillions and trillions.

    Hell will have frozen over for millions and millions of years before any of the ‘writers’ and regular readers of the Huffpo stop spreading lies about conservatives.


    Comment by Kenny — 7/31/2009 @ 8:26 pm

  4. Just a thought:
    Does anyone know if Wasilla is a “strong mayor” set-up, or is the town actually run by a “city manager”, and the mayor is just a ceremonial position?

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! — 8/3/2009 @ 7:37 pm

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