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09 September 2008 @ 11:32 am
Wasilla Billed Victims for Rape Kits/Exams  
Via Feministing:

http://opedna.com/2008/09/08/wasilla-police-billed-sexual-assault-victims-for-rape-kits/

Of all of the things I’ve learned about Sarah Palin in the last week and a half, this has got to be the most disturbing. While Sarah Palin was serving as the Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, the city charged victims of sexual assault between $300 and $1200 for their own rape kits. A rape kit is a sexual assault forensic evidence kit, used to collect DNA that can be used in criminal proceedings to assist in the conviction of those who commit sex crimes. The kit is performed as soon as possible after a sexual assault or attack has been committed. It is usually humiliating and uncomfortable for the victim–imagine enduring that and then paying $1200 just so that the criminal who assaulted you might be caught.
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litlebananalitlebanana on September 10th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
I just posted about that. It's really disgusting. Although if the city wants to try to get the money from the rapist, after he's convicted, that would be okay.
lunaetstellaelunaetstellae on September 10th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
That is disgusting.
Seems like an attitude of it being the victim's fault they got raped. . . .